Bishop of Sherborne Supports Anglican Covenant

by Michael Ford last modified 03 Dec, 2010 08:53 PM

Diocesan News 29/11/10

Bishop of Sherborne Supports Anglican Covenant

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, has spoken strongly in support of the Anglican Covenant.

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme, Dr Kings pointed to the overwhelming support of the Church of England’s General Synod on Wednesday 24 November for consideration of the Covenant.

The idea of an Anglican Covenant was first proposed in 2004, in response to tensions within the Anglican Communion principally concerning sexuality. The Covenant is intended to help the worldwide Anglican Communion address the

challenges of living out the principle of autonomy-in-communion. It commits member Churches to mutual accountability, consultation and the achievement of consensus.

The Covenant is intended to assist the Anglican Communion in proclaiming together the Christian faith throughout the world. Its text was approved in 2009, and currently each province of the Anglican Communion is considering whether to adopt it in preparation for a meeting of all the Archbishops in 2012.

In an article for The Guardian on 17 November, Bishop Kings had argued that the Covenant is a way of guarding against further fragmentation in the Anglican Communion, and is founded on relationships, rather than prescribed doctrines.

Speaking on Sunday, Dr Kings pointed to the Covenant being an opt-in choice for Provinces rather than exclusive.

He added, “There is no Plan B. The Covenant is the only way forward, and is an extraordinary middle way. Where there is a will, there is a way.”




The Bishop of Salisbury’s Chaplain is the Revd Jonathan Ball
Telephone: 01722 334031/07787 758756

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