Within the Communion, work on the drafting of an Anglican Communion Covenant was completed, just one week before Christmas! In a covering letter which accompanied the text, Secretary General Kenneth Kearon wrote, "The presentation of the Covenant represents an invitation to deepening of relationship among the provinces. We have a long history of friendship, affinities and collaboration between provinces, dioceses, parishes and people across the globe and we celebrate these manifold expressions of our oneness in Christ. The Covenant represents a further step in these relationships, building on and giving expression to the bonds of affection which shape our common life."
The Covenant also speaks about procedures for addressing controversial issues and actions by provinces that could be deemed "incompatible" with the spirit of the Covenant, and of "relational consequences" for that province and its place in the Communion. For some, the language of relational consequences is deeply disturbing, given that our relationships within the Anglican Communion are and should never be dependent or fixed on one issue only.
I maintain that in the midst of our differences over issues of sexuality we are called to model a capacity to live with difference and to do so with grace. It is precisely a lack of graciousness that has fired tempers and sparked words of condemnation and dismissal that have been so destructive to relationships within the Communion. I pray that our attitudes and conversations with one another be more and more centered in Him in whom, beyond our understanding, we are forever one.
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And some very sad news:
Gini Pollesel, wife of Archdeacon Michael Pollesel, General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, was killed in a car accident on Sunday, Dec. 27, near Sudbury, Ont.
Archdeacon Pollesel himself sustained a concussion and broken ribs, while his mother, Marie, sustained minor injuries from the accident, said Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, in an email circulated to staff in Toronto. They were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sudbury.
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