The group met March 30-April 3 in Cambridge, England to work on a new revision of the text, which will now be presented to the Anglican Consultative Council — the communion’s main legislative body — for discussion at its May 1-13, 2009 meeting in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Covenant Design Group was appointed by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on behalf of the primates and has been meeting since January 2007. This draft is the third version of the covenant released by the design group. The provinces of the Anglican Communion had until March 9 to submit responses to the second draft (St. Andrew’s Draft) for consideration by the design group at its meeting this week.
The idea for an Anglican covenant was first cited in the 2004 Windsor Report (paragraphs 113-120) and has been supported by all the instruments of communion as a way for the Anglican Communion to maintain unity amid differing viewpoints, especially on human sexuality issues and biblical interpretation.
(From various Episcopal News Service reports)