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The Anglican Covenant Process

  • To: HoB/D <bishopsdeputies@hobd.org>
  • Subject: The Anglican Covenant Process
  • From: Louie Crew <>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 12:10:00 -0500

A correspondent commented:

> When you have time I would like to hear your take on the
>  state of things re the Covenant Process etc.

I responded:

I rejoice in your patient, painstaking attention to every jot and tittle of
Wright's and Williams' statements.   You undertake a very important task,
one for which I personally do not have a calling.

TEC has been careful and patient in our response to the demands made upon us
by the Windsor Report, the primates, two Lambeth Conferences, and now the
drafts of a proposed covenant -- even in the face of a louder and ever more
strident cry from some quarters, "We have no need of you unless you repent
and conform to our views regarding homosexuals!"

++Rowan has boxed himself in (he would say his role as Archbishop of
Canterbury has thus situated him) to cut off any serious claim that he might
have to a pastoral response to lgbt Christians.  I used to feel that he
needs to visit Samaritan wells, but he has long ago done so, and a friend of
mine is even a "fairy at the bottom of his garden" quite literally.

I was one of seven lgbt leaders with whom ++Rowan met privately at General
Convention in Anaheim this summer:  we each had a limit of 90 seconds to
speak to him, and he spoke for no more than 5 minutes.  Most of us described
our ministries -- sharing the living water which has blessed us.  We did not
go away, as did our Samaritan ancestor, proclaiming,"He told me everything I
had ever done!"

Our Baptismal Covenant is enough for this and any conflict the Communion
might have, but it is TEC's bounden duty to enter into the conversations
about a proposed Anglican Covenant. Executive Council is right to take
seriously all drafts.   The  proposed covenant is not the vehicle that I
would personally have chosen for the conversations, but it is the main
vehicle we have right now.  Most hostile provinces have deliberately
defaulted on their formal commitments to listen to lgbt persons.

I find it interesting how few provinces of the Anglican Communion have
responded to the drafts of the Covenant.  Low response may derive from
lethargy or possibly from an unwillingness to give the sexuality debate the
attention that some have lavished upon it.

The low response may also derive from a shrewd awareness that any new
authority to force conformity on this issue may well bite back on other
issues not now foreseeable.

Bonds of affection have served us well in the Communion's history: juridical
or curial pronouncements inhibit bonds of affection.

Given other major crises of our time, it is not reasonable to think that
conformity of practice regarding responses to lgbt Christians should have
the high priority it would have were it to become the only issue on which
the Communion has fundamentally changed the way it makes decisions and
exercises authority.

The Anglican Communion is a secondary result of colonialism.  The sexuality
debate derives much of its energy from the pain and injustice that
colonialism long heaped on those who have only recently become a numerical
majority of the Communion.   I rejoice in their opportunity to flex their
ecclesial muscles, and I am not surprised that they have chosen to do so on
a subject that they think is not present among them, at least not present in
a way likely to surface among their leadership.

As recently as 1979 TEC's House of Bishops officially held the views of
Lambeth 1998 on this subject, and many, perhaps most, of those voting
thought that the "issue" and lgbt Christians were not coming near their
congregations or dioceses.   Yet behold: "Yoo-hoo.  Hi there!  Helloooow? Yo

We don't need divine intervention to help us cope with these challenges: God
already has given all that we need:  be kind to one another, tender-hearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven an old
quean like me.


Louie Crew, 377 S. Harrison St., 12D, East Orange, NJ 07018 973-395-1068
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