On 24 November 2010 the General Synod of the Church of England voted to consider adopting the Anglican Communion Covenant. As this would constitute:
'a permanent and substantial change of relationship between the Church of England and another Christian body'
it may not receive final approval unless first approved by a majority of the dioceses at meetings of their diocesan synods.
Modern Church has been sceptical about the content and implications of the Windsor process since it began.
The official papers:
The Anglican Communion Covenant - final text.
'Challenge and Hope' - Rowan Williams' letter to the Anglican Communion Primates.
Windsor Report and responses.
A Primates' Meeting was held in October 2003, to discuss how to respond to the controversial issues of the time: the Canadian Diocese of New Westminster had authorised a liturgy for blessing same-sex relationships and Gene Robinson, who openly admitted to being in a gay relationship, was elected Bishop of New Hampshire in the USA.
Disapproval of same-sex partnerships was strong in many places. Some church leaders shared it; others, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, were caught on the back foot because they had not expected such strength of feeling.
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