Monday, September 01, 2008
A 'Love Letter' from Albany
The following question comes from John White, a member of the Diocese of Albany. I am also confused by Bishop Love's position and confess that it sounds "pre-secessionist" to me as well. I trust someone on this blog will help to clarify this point.
You will find Bishop's Love's letter here:
In a letter that Bishop Love sent to all the members of the Diocese of Albany, entitled “Lambeth and the Future of Anglicanism”, he restates his support of “a well drafted Anglican Covenant, in which all provinces and dioceses wishing to be part of the Anglican Communion must sign.”
He urges that such a Covenant be voted on at the diocesan level, because “a diocese’s relationship with the larger Anglican Communion is through their bishop in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury, not through the Province.” This seems to me an extraordinary statement.
I have thought that it is the work of Convention to decide whether The Episcopal Church will adhere to any such proposed Covenant. And dioceses themselves, as members of a province, in our case The Episcopal Church, are in relationship with Canterbury and the larger Communion through the province. There is no independent, parallel relationship.
In short, Bishop Love’s argument strikes me as one that a pre-secessionist diocese would propose, as it does not appear congruent with the polity of The Episcopal Church. I hope that members who can post a reply to this listserv will clarify my thinking on the matter.
Thank you, John White, layperson,
Diocese of Albany.