A Timeline of the Dissolution of the Instruments of Unity of the Anglican Communion

dis·so·lu·tion (ds-lshn)
n.
Decomposition into fragments or parts; disintegration.
Termination or extinction by disintegration or dispersion: The dissolution of the empire was remarkably swift.
Extinction of life; death.
Annulment or termination of a formal or legal bond, tie, or contract.
Reduction to a liquid form; liquefaction.

Jill Woodliff has produced a very useful timeline — a sort of Magnum Opus — of the slow fragmentation of the Instruments of Unity. It’s now rather obvious that they are not unifying in effect at all, but rather swirling-apart depictions of the chaos and disunity that now is the Anglican Communioin. Once the center does not hold, the rotating spheres fly apart.


Just a few definitions of the word “dissolution” that I pulled from a dictionary . . .

dis·so·lu·tion (ds-lshn)
n.
Decomposition into fragments or parts; disintegration.
Termination or extinction by disintegration or dispersion: The dissolution of the empire was remarkably swift.
Extinction of life; death.
Annulment or termination of a formal or legal bond, tie, or contract.
Reduction to a liquid form; liquefaction.

Jill Woodliff has produced a very useful timeline — a sort of Magnum Opus — of the slow fragmentation of the Instruments of Unity. It’s now rather obvious that they are not unifying in effect at all, but rather swirling-apart depictions of the chaos and disunity that now is the Anglican Communioin. Once the center does not hold, the rotating spheres fly apart. And that is what has happened.

Still, it is helpful to have a reference guide to the actions that have brought about this dissolution of the Instruments. I’ll be interested in any helpful additions you may have, or edits, or deletions. This is a good post for feedback and discussion on the actions of the past 12 years within the Anglican Communion.

Timeline of the dissolution of the faith and order of the Anglican Communion

This timeline focuses on Communion governance and is not intended to be all inclusive. The actions of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada provide the backdrop (black). The response of the Communion can be visualized as three parallel tracks: the Windsor Report (blue), the Covenant (green), and the Articles of Association (red). Entries dealing with Principles of Canon Law Common to the Churches of the Anglican Communion are also in red, as they are also the work of the Anglican Communion Legal Advisors Network. There is some overlap, and sometimes the designation of color is arbitrary.

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