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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry visits the Province

MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 23 JANUARY 2019

THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF SOUTHERN AFRICA PREPARES TO WELCOME THE MOST REVEREND MICHAEL B CURRY PRESIDING BISHOP OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Bishop Michael Curry, the primate of the Episcopal Church will visit the Province of Southern Africa (ACSA) in February to meet with Diocesan Bishops at their Synod, and to give the fourth Bishop David Beetge Memorial Lecture.

The three day visit will include Sunday morning worship in Johannesburg, visiting Kwasa College primary school in Springs, the Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre in Sophiatown, participating in Synod reflections, meeting young Christians in Highveld, and those working to raise funds for anti-poverty programmes in the Province of ACSA.

“The heart of the visit,” said Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, “is to meet the Anglican bishops of Southern Africa at a regular meeting of their Synod, and to give the fourth Memorial Lecture in honour of the late Bishop David Beetge of the Highveld. Bishop Beetge was a leading cleric in our church and an international advocate who raised funds for the poorest of the poor before his sudden death in 2008.

“In marking the 10th anniversary of David’s passing, we celebrate his life with a lecture on the theme of peacemaking. I am delighted that Bishop Curry has agreed to deliver the lecture on his first visit as the head of our sister church.”

Public Event information:
The Fourth Memorial Lecture commemorating the late Bishop David Beetge: Sunday 17th February 2019 at 15h00 at Wits University Great Hall.

Tickets: 083 4150128 R200 per person

Notes for Editors:

About ACSA: https://anglicanchurchsa.org/

About Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/biography-most-rev-michael-curry

About Bishop David Beetge – Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, described Bishop Beetge as “an outstanding and exemplary leader of our church, a man of deep spirituality and prayer.” He noted that Bishop Beetge, who was the second most senior bishop in their province, also served the Anglican Communion “with great distinction” as co-chair of the International Anglican/Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM).”

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About the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre: https://trevorhuddleston.org

David Beetge, bishop of the diocese of Highveld, South Africa, speaks to media at the 2008 Lambeth Conference.

Many Anglican leaders today paid tribute to Bishop Beetge, who led a diocese that faced many pressing issues, including the scourge of HIV/AIDS, massive poverty, and the influx of immigrants from war-torn African nations like Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

“The Anglican Church worldwide has lost an exceptional man – warm, intelligent, utterly dedicated, imaginative; and many of us have lost a deeply valued friend,” said Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in a statement. “David gave selflessly of his gifts in the service of the Communion, its internal business and its ecumenical relations, and carried great responsibility with calm, humour and good sense.”

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, described Bishop Beetge as “an outstanding and exemplary leader of our church, a man of deep spirituality and prayer.” He noted that Bishop Beetge, who was the second most senior bishop in their province, also served the Anglican Communion “with great distinction” as co-chair of the International Anglican/Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM).”

Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, recalled that “on visits to his diocese it was clear that he was not only a beloved bishop and pastor to his clergy and people, but a bishop whose ministry reflected the heart of the gospel message in his widely diverse, vast and strong diocese.”

Bishop Beetge was “a very special friend of all of us in the London office,” said Mr. Kearon, adding, “he will be sorely missed in the workings of the Anglican Communion but his legacy is one that I am sure will inspire many of us in the days ahead.”

At July’s Lambeth Conference, Bishop Beetge passionately talked about the importance of the bishops’ march to London to pressure governments to fulfill their promise to address poverty and other issues outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “The march will say to governments that people matter. That people matter more than arms, that people matter more than huge bureaucracies and that people must come first,” he said.

Bishop Beetge also said that the walk is going to be “a symbolic act for whoever sees it.” For the poor, it is a message “that the church cares about them.”

Bishop Beetge, who had been involved in HIV-AIDS work for the last 18 years, said the mission of the church is “the mission of Christ,” which is to minister to those “living on the edge.” He also said that his diocese is situated in an area that is struggling with 40-45 per cent unemployment and with an HIV-AIDS rate of 40 per cent. “We’ve trained 1,100 home-based workers (for HIV-AIDS) because hospitals can’t cope,” he said.

His church is also involved in other social justice initiatives, including literacy training and care for 10,000 orphans in the area.

Born in 1948 in Witbank, South Africa, Bishop Beetge received his theological education at St. Paul’s Theological College in Grahamstown. He later received both his bachelor and honour degrees in theology at the University of South Africa, and his master’s degree in theology from the University of Natal.

Ordained a priest in 1981, he served in various churches before becoming vicar general, and later the first bishop, of the diocese of South Eastern Transvaal in 1990. In 1998, the name of the diocese was changed to the diocese of the Highveld.

Bishop Beetge also served his church in many capacities at the provincial level, including as dean of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, and as liaison bishop and chair of the Anglican HIV/AIDS programs for Southern Africa.

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TEE College seeks academic programme coordinator

TEE College is looking to appoint an academic programme coordinator with responsibility for a theology programme.

This is a senior role within the college which is responsible for the preparation, delivery, and review of an academic programme in the distance-mode.

Advantages will be:

·         Membership of one of the College’s partner churches and experience with both theological education and church-based training for ministry.

·         A qualification and/or experience in higher education.

·         Experience in distance education.

·         Experience in using technology for education.

The position is based in Johannesburg. Salary R460 000 (CTC negotiable). Job description and application form are available on the College website – www.tee.co.za/vacancies.html

An appeal for Education Sunday – 3rd February

Education Sunday – 3rd February 2019

The Archbishop has asked us to pray and actively voice our concerns about the escalation of violence in our society.

One of his areas of focus in his Christmas Day address at St George’s Cathedral was schools, and he has called on the Church to pray for schools to be free from any forms of violence. The following are some suggested areas from the Anglican Board of Education (ABE) to guide your prayers, but please contextualize them to the schools, the children and the educators in your parish.

Leadership of Schools.

Pray that the Principals and their senior management teams might be given wisdom as they lead. They hold the responsibility to keep the schools safe and to be places that are free from fear. Help them to protect both the children and educators so that all may flourish. Help them to take swift and appropriate actions against those that perpetrate violence. Thank God for good leadership and pray that Principals be given courage to act and wisdom to know what to do in difficult situations.

Pray for educators.

Pray that they might see their teaching as a calling from God. Pray that they will have hearts of understanding and compassion and that they will be enabled to create safe learning environments in their classrooms. Pray that they will actively protect the vulnerable. Pray that educators will be skilled in dealing with aggressive behaviour from children or parents and protect them from unmerited criticism and hurtful remarks. Let them find joy and satisfaction in their work.

Pray for all school children.

Pray that schools will kindle in them a desire for learning and that they will experience the joy of good education. Help them to be self-regulated, self-disciplined and self-confident so that they may pursue their education goals with courage and perseverance. Pray that they may be protected from all forms of violence –physical, mental, sexual or emotional. May they know the presence of the Spirit of Wisdom.

Pray for families and parents.

Pray that they be given wisdom in dealing with their children at home and in school. Pray that they will listen to their voices and concerns and support their sons and daughters in their education. May they have wisdom and courage to act when they see abuse and may their guidance serve to grow wisdom in their children. Help parents to be encouraging and supportive of their children and of the educators who teach them.

Pray for all Anglican schools.

Pray that each of the 350 Anglican Schools of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (especially those located in the Western Cape) will hold up the Light, Life and Love of Christ to all the children, parents and educators who form part of their school communities. Pray for Anglican Chaplains and the local clergy who minister to these schools. Pray for their protection and that they might know God’s strength and wisdom as they witness to the love of God.

Pray for all those who govern.

Pray for those who hold responsibility as governors, both in the education departments and the school governing bodies. Pray that they may have wisdom and courage to discipline those who are corrupt, and to hold principals and educators accountable for good performance. Help them to encourage and strengthen those in need. Help them to manage their service to education in ways that will bring life and joy to our education system.

The Collect for Education Sunday

Lord God, Your Son Jesus Christ sat at the feet of others to learn, and sat on the mountains to teach:

Bless those who teach and those who learn, those who seek and those who find;

So that our homes, schools, universities and churches may be filled with a longing to learn and to grow, to serve and to give;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord; Amen

Revd. Roger Cameron

CEO: ABE

Visit www.abesa.co.za for more information about Anglican schools.

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