The rejection of the Anglican Covenant by the Scottish Episcopal Church is another serious body blow for a measure which proponents say is about proper ecclesiastical order, but which detractors argue will impose narrow conformity on a denomination historically based on self-governance within its provinces. Simon Barrow looks to the background, history and significance of the latest manoeuvres.
The Scottish Episcopal Church, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, is set to join talks involving the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) and the Church of England as they seek greater and more effective links.
A new partnership statement has been agreed by the Scottish Episcopal Church (Anglican), the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church in Scotland. It was was sealed by leaders of the churches at a service in St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth.
Bishop David Chillingworth has been elected Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. In accepting, he said an open and secular society was one in which smaller churches could make a distinct and constructive contribution.
The annual meeting of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church (Anglican) opened yesterday in Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh - with the election of a new Primus one of the key issues on its agenda.
Dr Idris Jones, the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church - the 55,000 strong Anglican church in Scotland - has announced that he will retire at the end of July 2009. He is also Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway.