February 4, 2012

Derby: No to Covenant

I'm awaiting further confirmation of this but the Diocese of Derby (UK) Twitter feed shows that the vote on the Anglican Covenant was decidedly negative:

Bishops: for 0; against 1 (bishop Humphrey not present)
Clergy: for 1, against 21, abstention 2
Laity. for 2, against 24, absention 1
I'm terrible at maths, but that seems an overwhelming No. Derby has been an Indaba partner with New York and Mumbai (India) and according to the Twitter feed comments on the debate the Indaba experience contributed to the negative vote. This is natural, because Indaba represents the ideals the Covenant lauds but paradoxically disables in its notorious Section 4.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG


June Butler said...

Yay! Good news, indeed. May more dioceses in the Church of England follow the example of Derby. I see Indaba as a way forward as opposed to the proposed Anglican Covenant and as an alternative to the TINA (There is no alternative.) defense of the covenant.

Jack Zamboni said...

Tobias -- Do you have a count on the votes by C of E dioceses on the covenant, or can you point me to where it can be found?

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Thanks, Mimi. Jack, the No Anglican Covenant website keeps a tally sheet but I don't know how often it is updated. It's here -- scroll down a bit to the communion-wide score sheet.