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This site is the work of the No Anglican Covenant Coalition. The Coalition comprises dedicated Christians, many of them bloggers, from around the worldwide Anglican Communion who believe that the proposed Anglican Covenant our churches are being asked to endorse is, at best, redundant, but, more likely, will do irreparable harm to our churches and to our Communion.

In particular, the members of the Coalition believe that the covenant is likely to change forever the fundamental nature of not only the Anglican Communion, but also of Anglicanism itself. Out of a fellowship of mutually supportive yet diverse regional and national churches tracing their historical and liturgical traditions to the Church of England, there threatens to emerge a monolithic, worldwide church unresponsive to local needs, narrow in its theological outlook, and governed exclusively by bishops most of us will never see.

It is ironic that inheritors of the English Reformation are now proposing that churches surrender autonomy to a conservative central authority. Despite sixteenth-century protestations that the Church of England was merely replacing the Pope with the King of England as head of the church, far-reaching changes were quickly implemented in the newly independent church, some of which would appear in Roman Catholic tradition only centuries later.

From its earliest history, Anglicanism has been an uncomfortable amalgam of seemingly incompatible ecclesiastical traditions. Whereas we see this as Anglicanism’s strength, others view it as a weakness to be corrected. Indeed, for five hundred years, adherents of one tradition or another have attempted to extinguish competing strains of thought within Anglican churches. Their victories mostly have been local and short-lived.

The proposed Anglican Covenant, however, could usher in a wholesale conversion of a vibrant and iridescent Anglicanism into a monochromatic nonentity from which work of the Holy Spirit has been permanently precluded. The Covenant, after all, seeks uniformity, rather than unity. Uniformity gives the illusion of unity and is most easily achieved by expelling or silencing voices that dissent from a defined norm—in other words, by a series of acts of disunity. But true unity is a gift of God for which diversity is a prerequisite.

By opposing the adoption of the covenant, we are working to prevent the calamity that a major change to the Anglican Communion could easily become.

We, the members of the No Anglican Covenant Coalition are acting independently and do not necessarily hold the same views as those of our churches or of other organizations to which we belong.

The Revd. Paul Bagshaw
The Church of England
Not the same stream
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Mr. J. A. (Jim) Beyer
The Episcopal Church
Jim’s Thoughts
Western Springs, Illinois, U.S.A.
Mr. Doug Blanchard
The Episcopal Church
Counterlight’s Peculiars
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Ms. June Butler
The Episcopal Church
Wounded Bird
Thibodaux, Louisiana, U.S.A.
The Revd. Jonathan Clatworthy
The Church of England
Modern Church
Liverpool, England
The Revd. Canon Dr. Sarah Coakley
The Church of England
Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, Cambridge University
Patron of the
No Anglican Covenant Coalition
The Revd. Dr. Lesley Crawley
The Church of England
Lesley’s Blog
Surrey, England
Dr. Lionel Deimel
The Episcopal Church
Lionel Deimel’s Web Log
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

The Revd. Ann K. Fontaine
The Episcopal Church

what the tide brings in
Cannon Beach, Oregon, U.S.A.
The Revd. Malcolm French
The Anglican Church of Canada
Simple Massing Priest
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Ms. Susan Gage
The Episcopal Church

Wake Up and LIVE
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.A.

The Revd. Canon Giles Goddard
The Church of England

Inclusive Church
London, England
The Revd. Lauren A. Gough
The Episcopal Church
Stone of Witness  
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.

The Revd. Jonathan Hagger
The Church of England

Of Course, I Could Be Wrong…
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
The Revd. Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton
The Episcopal Church
Telling Secrets
Rehoboth Bay, Delaware, U.S.A.
The Ven. Lawrence Kimberley
Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
Christchurch, New Zealand
The Revd. Torey Lightcap
The Episcopal Church
Irreducible Minimums
Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.A.
The Revd. Dr. Marilyn McCord Adams
The Episcopal Church
Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Patron of the
No Anglican Covenant Coalition
The Revd. Dr. Diarmaid MacCulloch, Kt.
The Church of England
Professor of the History of the Church, and Fellow of St. Cross College, in the University of Oxford
Patron of the
No Anglican Covenant Coalition
The Revd. Canon F. Hugh Magee
The Scottish Episcopal Church
St. Andrews, Scotland
The Revd. Terry Martin
The Episcopal Church
Father Jake Stops the World
Atlantic County, New Jersey, U.S.A.
The Revd. Jean Mayland
The Church of England
Hexham, Northumberland, England
Dr. Peter Owen
The Church of England
Thinking Anglicans
Liverpool, England
The Ven. Alan T. Perry
The Anglican Church of Canada
Insert Catchy Blog Title Here
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Dr. Muriel Porter, OAM
Anglican Church of Australia
Journalist and author
Patron of the
No Anglican Covenant Coalition
Mr. Leonardo Ricardo (Leonard Clark Beardsley)
The Episcopal Church
Eruptions at the Foot of the Volcano
Antigua, Sacatapequez, Guatemala
The Revd. Canon Susan Russell
The Episcopal Church
An Inch At A Time: Reflections on the Journey
Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
Mr. Simon Sarmiento
The Church of England
Thinking Anglicans
St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
The Rt. Revd. Dr. Peter Selby
The Church of England
Former Bishop of Worcester
Patron of the
No Anglican Covenant Coalition
The Rt. Revd. Dr. John Saxbee
The Church of England
Former Bishop of Lincoln
Patron of the
No Anglican Covenant Coalition
Mrs. Laura Sykes
The Church of England
Lay Anglicana
Hampshire, England
The Rt. Revd. James White
Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
Assistant Bishop of Auckland
Patron of the
No Anglican Covenant Coalition

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