English Covenant

The English Covenant was a proposed merger in England of the Church of England, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church (URC), and the Moravian Church. First published as an ecumenical initiative in 1980 after extensive discussions in the 1970s, it eventually failed because the Church of England rejected the covenant in 1982.[1][2]

In 1972, a Churches’ Unity Commission was set up by church leaders. The commission published Ten Propositions on Visible Unity in 1976. Responding to this document, five churches agreed to proceed with a plan for unity – the Church of England, the Methodist Church, the URC, and the Moravian Church, and Churches of Christ (which merged with the URC in 1981).[1] The plan was generally welcomed by the Methodist Church. The URC, an ecumenically-spirited denomination created in the same year as the commission, approved the initiative and sought to reorganize itself accordingly up to 1982.[3][4] However, in the same year, the General Synod of the Church of England failed to secure the required 2/3 supermajority in the House of Clergy, even though the other two chambers of the synod had approved the plan.


  1. 1 2 Thompson, David M.; Briggs, John H. Y.; Turner, John Munsey (5 February 2015). "Protestant Nonconformist Texts Volume 4: The Twentieth Century". Wipf and Stock Publishers via Google Books.
  2. The Rev Caryl Micklem: Obituary in The Independent, 18 June 2003
  3. Tony Tucker (2003) Reformed Ministry: Traditions of Ministry and Ordination in the United Reformed Church. ISBN 978-0853462170
  4. Camroux, Martin (27 May 2016). "Ecumenism in Retreat: How the United Reformed Church Failed to Break the Mould". Wipf and Stock Publishers via Google Books.

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