Commenting on my Go + Gregory post below, my colleague Bosco Peters rightly notes, "Our province only recognises one (count them 1) instrument of communion: the Archbishop of Canterbury (that’s one more than is recognised by “Anglican” Nigeria). In order to recognise other instruments of communion (let alone the “Standing Committee”) this requires a very complex process which takes at least 3 years and no one has even started that process which cannot start until 2012 here. So nothing is even possible IMO in our province until 2015."
Obviously any constitutional changes for our church consequent upon a resolve to sign to the Covenant will take the required number of years envisaged by statute. If we did quite a bit of work and secured quite a bit of prior agreement, we could begin the necessary process in 2012 (our next General Synod year) and complete by 2015 (= the General Synod year 2014 plus one year for any appeals). Nicely in time for the next Lambeth Conference in 2018!
In the meantime we could, without constitutional change, resolve to introduce no new developments in the life of our church which would likely be disputed by a fellow member church in the Communion.
That is, we could begin living as though the Covenant was in existence.