Covenant Design Committe Announced

From Anglican Communion News Service

The Archbishop of Canterbury today announced the members of the Covenant Design Group that he has appointed in response to a request of the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates’ Meeting and of the Anglican Consultative Council.

The group will meet under the chairmanship of the Primate of the West Indies, Archbishop Drexel Gomez, and includes experts in canon law, the nature and mission of of the church and ecumenical relations from around the Communion. In addition to a small core group, the Archbishop is also appointing a wider circle of corresponding members, who will be assisting the Group’s work.

The Group will hold its first meeting in Nassau, the Bahamas, in mid-January 2007, and present an interim report to the Primates Meeting and Joint Standing Committee when they meet in February in Tanzania.

The members are listed below:

The Most Revd Drexel Gomez, West Indies

The Revd Victor Atta-Baffoe, West Africa

The Most Revd Dr John Chew, South East Asia

Ms Sriyanganie Fernando, Ceylon

The Revd Dr Kathy Grieb, USA

The Rt Revd Santosh Marray, Indian Ocean

The Most Revd John Neill, Ireland

The Revd Canon Andrew Norman, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative

Chancellor Rubie Nottage, West Indies, Consultant

The Revd Dr Ephraim Radner, USA

Ms Nomfundo Walaza, Southern Africa

The Revd Canon Gregory Cameron, Anglican Communion Office, Secretary

I don’t know much about many of these folks. Most of the ones I know something about make me uncomfortable. The two primates on the panel, Gomez and Chew are committed to forcing our Church to betray its understanding of the Gospel or leave the Communion. So is Ephraim Radner. This is another one of a drip-drip-drip of developments that makes one wonder if the Anglican Communion is worth belonging to.

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