Covenant responses

MCU has been sceptical about the content and implications of the Windsor process since its inception.

Official papers:

This page lists the papers MCU has produced in relation to this process.

Covenant Final Draft (December 2009)

January 2010
Response by Jonathan Clatworthy to Neal Michell's article Is the Anglican Covenant Non-Anglican?.

Communion, Covenant and our Anglican Future (August 2009)

August 2009
MCU's reply, by Jonathan Clatworthy, to papers by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Durham regarding the decision by the Episcopal Church of the USA to abandon its earlier moratoria on same-sex blessings and openly homosexual bishops.

The St Andrews Draft (February 2008)

February 2009
PDFBriefing Paper for General Synod Members, Paul Bagshaw.
July 2008
PDFWho Steers the Ship? The poverty of the Draft Anglican Covenant, Paul Bagshaw (MCU Forewords Booklet, June 2008).
PDFUnfit For Purpose, or why a pan-Anglican Covenant at this time is a very bad idea! Marilyn McCord Adams (Paper given at the 2008 MCU Conference).
The Covenant Will Not Do, Paul Bagshaw (Article in Signs of the Times, July 2008).
February 2008
PDFBriefing Paper for General Synod, Jonathan Clatworthy and Paul Bagshaw.
PDFA flow chart showing the proposed disciplinary process (Appendix to the St Andrews draft), Paul Bagshaw.

Church of England Response to the draft Anglican Covenant (January 2008)

February 2008
PDFReply to the Church of England's Response to the Draft Anglican Covenant, Jonathan Clatworthy and Paul Bagshaw.

The Nassau Draft (February 2007)

May - July 2007
PDFResponse, Jonathan Clatworthy, Paul Bagshaw and John Saxbee, Bishop of Lincoln (prepared for the meeting of General Synod in July 2007 and submitted to the Anglican Communion Office as MCU's response to the consultation). This was later submitted as a briefing paper to the Church of England's General Synod (in GS 1661). Summary of arguments.
15 June 2007
PDFLetter in the Church Times, John Plant.
29 June 2007
PDFLetter in the Church Times, John Saxbee.
19 July 2007
Bouncing the Covenant through the Anglican Communion, Paul Bagshaw (Article in Signs of the Times, July 2007).

The Listening Process

June 2007
Responses to the Study Guide produced for the 2008 Lambeth Conference, by Jonathan Clatworthy:

Towards an Anglican Covenant (2006)

November 2006
PDFResponse, Paul Bagshaw and Jonathan Clatworthy.
1 December 2006
PDFWhy we are writing to the bishops, Jonathan Clatworthy, published in the Church Times.

Challenge and Hope (June 2006)

July 2006
A Two-tier Anglicanism?, editorial by Jonathan Clatworthy in Signs of the Times.

The Windsor Report (2004)

2005
The Windsor Report: A Guide, Simon J. Taylor in Signs of the Times.
The Windsor Report: A Liberal Response, by Jonathan Clatworthy and David Taylor (eds.) (O Books, Winchester & New York, 2005).
Concluding chapter, Jonathan Clatworthy.

The Lambeth Commission (2003-2004)

July 2004
MCU submission.