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General Synod 2012

posted 11 Jun 2012, 09:13 by Dean Fostekew
For three days last week I attended the General Synod (Parliament) of the Scottish Episcopal Church. It was a good gathering in which much business was done and decisions made. It was also a chance to catch up with friends from other dioceses and to meet new people. I thoroughly enjoyed 'buddying' the official guest from the Church in Wales. one of the most significant things things the Synod did was to reject the proposed Anglican Covenant. As a Province we value our independence and the opportunity to discern for ourselves what God is calling us to do. We also saw no value in a Communion that sought to impose rules and regulations and penalties upon Provinces that acted as they believed the Holy Spirit was calling them to act. The initial impetus for the Covenant was an attempt to pacify those Provinces that disagreed with the ordination to the Episcopacy of an openly gay man in a partnership and to stop Bishops from out with a diocese or Province setting up churches with and other diocese or Province to attract those who disagreed with their own local diocesan or Provincial decisions. As someone said; 'If the Covenant had existed 30 years ago we would not have women priests.' After rejecting the Covenant the Synod did send an affirmation of the  Anglican Communion celebrating its 'unity in diversity'. I said that I hoped it would also include the desire to understand each others contexts. For more information on the General Synod see the Provincial website.