|Today, the General Synod of the Church of England voted to further
consider adopting the Anglican Covenant, a decision I have been working
against, along with other Anglicans around the world. The surprisingly
large vote in favor of the Covenant seems likely to have been more in
support of the Archbishop of Canterbury than in support of the Covenant,
per se. There is something quite pathetic in Rowanís quixotic quest for
unity, based on a covenant that only its actual authors seem to love.
In any case, the situation has inspired another collect. In large
measure, the conflict in the Anglican Communion is between those willing
to accept new understandings of Godís will and those who believe that we
know everything there is to know about it and therefore need not even
search for new insights. The new collect embodies the former viewpoint.
Architect of the universe, who endowed us with a thirst for
understanding, give us a passion to discover the mysteries of
creation and your will for our lives, along with a humble spirit
whenever we think we have succeeded, that we may become better
stewards of your creation, better neighbors of its inhabitants, and
better disciples of your Son, our savior Jesus Christ, who reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
ó LED, 11/24/2010