[Times Online] 8 Feb 2009--General Synod begins on Monday and the Bishop of Rochester Dr Michael Nazir-Ali will be leading the debate on the Covenant. This week I spoke to him and to Gregory Cameron who was with the Primates in Alexandria. He is about to become Bishop of St Asaph and is widely known to be the architect of the covenant. It'll be unity, perhaps, but not unity as we've known it. Read it all here. What has surprised me most are the strong signals I'm receiving that the new Anglican Church in North America is likely to be given some kind of recognition, perhaps as an extra-provincial entity. There are a number of precedents. Of the 44 churches of the Anglican Communion, just 38 are provinces. The rest are churches such as from India and China. And because of their large emigrant communities they operate parallel jurisdictions in Cyprus and the Gulf, for example. Then there are the two parallel dioceses of TEC and the CoE in Europe.