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BEDFORD, TEXAS: The Windsor Action Covenant

The Windsor Action Covenant:

PLACE: Saint Vincent's Cathedral, Bedford Texas
April 20, 2005

Everyone present was personally challenged to come up with a 5 or 6 point action plan for the implications of this covenant in their own diocese or convocation in the next 16 months.

In order to stand firm in the faith of the one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church...

Windsor Action Covenant-Laity

* I will learn and profess the historic faith;
* I will commit myself to the disciplines of daily prayer, personal evangelism and discipleship;

* I will build solidarity with laypeople, bishops, priests and deacons who profess and practice the Apostolic Faith; of standing beside parish priests and leaders who are being pressured for adhering to the teaching of the Communion, and; o standing with those who stand with me regardless of what they feel they must do in their situation;
* I will work with other parish and diocesan leaders to clarify our response to the Windsor report;
* I will challenge my vestry with the clear choice to become a Windsor parish;
* I will seek spiritual oversight and direction only from bishops who teach the historic faith;
* I will build a personal relationship with, and encourage the building of a parish relationship, with an overseas parish and diocese;
* I will develop a missionary attitude and practice in my personal and pastoral life;
* I will remain committed to a life of personal holiness as embodied in my baptismal vows, and where applicable, my marriage vows, family commitments, and daily disciplines.

If General Convention chooses finally to walk apart from the Anglican Communion, I will not follow, but will remain a faithful Anglican, God being my helper.

Windsor Action Covenant-Priests, Deacons

* I will teach and preach the historic faith, actively supporting only those seminaries that teach the historic faith;
* I will commit myself to pray the daily office, practice personal evangelism and discipleship;
* I will build solidarity with laypeople, bishops, priests and deacons who profess and practice the Apostolic Faith; of standing beside parish priests and leaders who are being pressured for adhering to the teaching of the Communion, and; of standing with those who stand with me regardless of what they feel they must do in their situation;
* I will seek spiritual care and guidance only from those who teach and practice the Apostolic Faith;
* I will work with other clergy and diocesan leaders to clarify our response to the Windsor report;
* I will build a personal and parish relationship with an overseas parish and diocese;
* I will build a team with another priest and parish in a non-Windsor diocese;
* I will develop a missionary attitude and practice in my personal and pastoral life;
* I will remain committed to a life of personal holiness as embodied in my ordination vows, and where applicable, marriage vows, family commitments, and daily disciplines.

If General Convention chooses finally to walk apart from the Anglican Communion, I will not follow, but will remain a faithful Anglican, God being my helper.

Windsor Action Covenant-Bishops

* I will teach and preach the historic faith, actively supporting only those seminaries that teach the historic faith;
* I will commit myself to pray the daily office, practice personal evangelism and discipleship;
* I will build solidarity with laypeople, bishops, priests and deacons who profess and practice the Apostolic Faith; of standing beside bishops, parish priests and leaders who are being pressured for adhering to the teaching of the Communion, and; of standing with those who stand with me, regardless of what they feel they must do in their situation;
* I will work with other clergy and diocesan leaders to clarify our response to the Windsor report;
* I will build a personal and diocesan relationship with an overseas diocese;
* I will develop a missionary attitude and practice in my personal and pastoral life;
* I will remain committed to a life of personal holiness as embodied in my ordination vows, and where applicable, marriage vows, family commitments, and daily disciplines;

If General Convention chooses finally to walk apart from the Anglican Communion, I will not follow, but will remain a faithful Anglican, God being my helper.

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