I wrote about this back in 2005 when the Covenant’s website was set up, and my opinion hasn’t changed since then. I’m sorry to say that I believe this covenant is at best a distraction that will do little to move the ecumenical cause forward. Such a covenant has existed in Wales since 1975 and, while there are some good relationships in particular neighbourhoods, it would be hard to claim that Wales has become a beacon of ecumenism. If anything, the reverse is true.
The truth is that this sort of ‘top-down’ approach doesn’t work unless it is accompanied by creative and vigorous work at the local level. My sense is that the ecumenical scene is anything but creative and vigorous just at the minute. I just don’t see how this covenant will do anything to change that.