[Anglican Church of Southern Africa] The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) has adopted the Anglican Communion Covenant.
Its Provincial Synod on Oct. 4 unanimously voted to ratify the decision taken at its previous meeting in 2010 to adopt the covenant. This completes the legal process.
Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba proposed the motion. Addressing the synod, meeting this week in Benoni, Johannesburg, he emphasised ACSA’s commitment to being at the heart of Anglican life, often acting as a bridge-builder, and drawing on its own experiences of living with considerable diversity and wrestling with difference.
Seconding the motion, Bishop Rubin Philip of Natal, dean of the province, quoted from the Introduction to the covenant: “To covenant together is not intended to change the character of this Anglican expression of Christian faith. Rather, we recognise the importance of renewing in a solemn way our commitment to one another, and to the common understanding of faith and order we have received, so that the bonds of affection which hold us together may be re-affirmed and intensified. We do this in order to reflect, in our relations with one another, God’s own faithfulness and promises towards us in Christ (2 Cor 1.20-22).”
With debate only addressing a minor wording amendment, the motion was passed without dissent.