Bilateral and Covenant Relationships

Throughout its history The Episcopal Church has had an evangelistic mission, not just within the United States of America, but also around the world. Over the years we have helped nurture the development and growth of The Anglican Communion through the establishment of Anglican/Episcopal communities in many locations around the world. 

Initially, many of these churches were a part of the Episcopal Church as International Dioceses and many remain so today, such as dioceses of Province IX (Honduras, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador Central, Ecuador Literal, Puerto Rico, Venezuela) and the Diocese of Taiwan. 

Some Churches went along a different path and became independent; some within other Provinces of the Anglican Communion, such as Liberia, and others became Provinces in their own right such as Mexico, Brazil, and the Anglican Church of Central America (IARCA). 

In their path towards autonomy and self-governance it was realized that some financial support would be needed during the transition. Covenant Relationships were developed for this purpose. They provide clarity to the ongoing interdependent relationship, and to the financial support given over a period of years. It is important to note that this separation from the Episcopal Church was and is never to be seen as a severing of relationships, but rather the growth of new relationships based on mutual interdependence within an autonomous structure. 

The Episcopal Church has Covenant Relationships with the Diocese of Liberia, the Province of the Anglican Church of Central America (IARCA), and the Province of Mexico, all of which have ongoing financial commitments of support from The Episcopal Church. 

When the financial agreements end, the Covenant Relationship transitions to a Bilateral Relationship, honoring the commitment to ongoing mutual support, but without a specific financial commitment. The Episcopal Church has bilateral agreements with the Episcopal Church of the Philippines and the Anglican Church of Brazil.

CONTACT:
The Rev. David Copley
Director, Global Partnerships and Mission Personnel