An Anglican Covenant - Consultation Paper


Joint Standing Committee 'Towards an Anglican Covenant' A Consultation Paper on the Covenant Proposal of the Windsor Report

Appendix 2

[1] A summary of the findings, together with the complete submissions to the RRG, may be found on the Anglican Communion website at:

[2] “We welcome the proposals in Section C for the future development of the Instruments of Unity, although we recognise that serious questions about the content of the proposal for an Anglican Covenant and the practicalities of its implementation mean that this is a longer term process. We were glad to be reminded of the extensive precedents for covenants that many Anglican churches have established with ecumenical partners, and that even within our Communion the Chicago/Lambeth Quadrilateral has already been effectively operating as a form of covenant that secures our basic commitment to scripture, the Nicene Creed, the two Sacraments of the Gospel and the Historic Episcopate. We therefore commend this proposal as a project that should be given further consideration in the Provinces of the Communion between now and the Lambeth Conference 2008. In addition, we ask the Archbishop of Canterbury to explore ways of implementing this. (Dromantine Statement, paragraph 9)

[3] See paragraph 119 of TWR (reproduced in the Appendix)

[4] The terms of the Bonn Agreement (1931) which led to full communion between Old Catholics and Anglicans:

  • Each Communion recognizes the catholicity and independence of the other and maintains its own.
  • Each Communion agrees to admit members of the other Communion to participate in the Sacraments.
  • IntercommunionThe Lambeth Commission on Communion - Towards an Anglican Covenant - Consultation Paper does not require from either Communion the acceptance of all doctrinal opinion, sacramental devotion, or liturgical practice characteristic of the other but implies that each believes the other to hold all the essentials of the Christian faith.

[5] Suggested form of law, for example: 'The Governing Body of the Church in Wales authorises the Archbishop of Wales to enter on behalf of this church the Anglican Covenant and commits the Church in Wales to comply and act in a manner compatible with the Covenant so entered'.