Berkeley Students Grapple with Anglican Covenant
Students at Berkeley Divinity School have engaged the proposed Anglican Covenant – which seeks ways to enhance the unity of the Anglican Communion -- this term in a variety of forums. A course on "Covenant and Communion," taught be Dean Joseph Britton, examined the theology behind the idea of covenant. Guest speakers included Victor Atta Bafoe STM '93, a member of the Covenant Drafting Group, and Lauren Stanley, a missionary from the Sudan.
In the Anglican Studies Colloquium, students engaged in conversations with two invited guests from the Episcopal Church's Special Commission to Respond to the Windsor Report: Christopher Wells MAR '00 of Notre Dame University, and Frank Wade, rector emeritus of St. Alban's Parish, Washington, D.C. The Windsor Report, released in October 2004, was the result of a year's deliberations between members of the Lambeth Commission on Communion who were mandated by the Archbishop of Canterbury to explore ways to maintain the highest degree of communion possible in light of differences concerning issues of human sexuality.
Students have also participated in community-wide conversations on the vocational implications of the Anglican discordance. Though of widely mixed perspectives on the issue, the students have nevertheless demonstrated a strong commitment to maintaining the Berkeley community, according to Britton.