In case anyone has any doubt about what that really means:
We are joining together:
1. to take a stand against making the doctrine and discipline of our national church subservient to the Primates of the Anglican Communion through a proposed Anglican Covenant; and
2. to resist a narrow and exclusive version of Anglicanism, expressed in our own country as resistance to the full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of the church.
I bet that was a surprise.
As is this:
We welcome the resolutions of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada affirming the full equality of gays and lesbians, and the “integrity and sanctity” of their intimate relationships. We believe that this affirmation must be translated into concrete acts of contrition for past wrongs, and full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of the church. In the absence of such acts, the church is existing in a state of unholy hypocrisy.
We call on the House of Bishops to lift the moratorium on the blessing of same-sex unions.
Just how wide is this Circle. Not that wide, it seems:
Other provinces, mind your own business:
We uphold the autonomy of the provinces of the Anglican Communion to adjudicate, elaborate, and specify questions of doctrine as they emerge in their unique cultural contexts from time-to-time. We expect these doctrinal decisions to be reached by synods or other established councils of the church, in the form of canon law and authorised liturgies.
Rowan Williams, mind your own business:
We appreciate the historic place of the Archbishop of Canterbury as a symbol of unity, while affirming that his juridical authority is restricted to that primatial See.
Primates, mind your own business:
We recognise the role of the Lambeth Conference and the international Primates’ meetings as occasions for our episcopal and primatial leaders to engage in mutual reflection; but we reject any notion that such voluntary gatherings should exercise juridical authority.
We don’t care what any of you think, we make up are own rules, so there:
We affirm that every Christian has the right, through baptism, to judge questions of faith, and to contribute to ongoing dialogue within communities of faith and in the councils of the church. The free exercise of this responsibility is necessary in order to maintain the integrity, constancy, and truth of the faith.