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Diocese of George calls for action on conflict & service delivery

Statement by the Right Revd Brian Marajh, Anglican Bishop of George

The Anglican Church in George has issued an urgent call to all leaders in the community to hold peaceful negotiations aimed at ending conflict over transport in the area and restoring proper service delivery.

In an open letter issued to the leaders, the Anglican Bishop of George, the Right Revd Brian Marajh, said:

“We are not prepared to sit by idly and allow the lives of the people of this community to be disrupted in the manner that has been seen over the past few days and weeks.”

He said leaders and civil servants “are in the employ of the people and should serve the interests of all the people, especially the poorest amongst the poor.”

St Mark’s Cathedral, George (Photo: Elizabeth Benn)

The full text of the open letter follows:

Open letter by the Leadership of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of George

We, the leadership of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of George in general and the Town of George in particular, note with concern:
1. The instability caused by happenings in the George Municipality against the background of reports on Investigations by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, and what can subsequently be described as instability in service delivery that has resulted in a spate of protest action in communities in and around George.

2. The crisis caused by the inability of authorities to deal with the ongoing saga between the Go-George bus services and Taxi Associations in rendering a service to the community of George, and the resulting inconvenience suffered by commuters. This has resulted in strained relationships between employees and employers and continues to cause damage to a frail and struggling local economy.

The proverb that states “When elephants fight, it is the grass and trees that suffer” comes to mind. Our leadership and other role-players in these events should be reminded that they depend on the toil and labour of the most vulnerable in society. The people of the region and town should be treated with respect and dignity, since they secure the profits and income of the town in general and these service providers in particular.

We therefore call on all parties concerned to:

1. Address these issues in an amicable manner through peaceful negotiations that will facilitate the provision of services to those most in need.

2. Realise that the Leadership of our Town and their employees as civil servants are in the employ of the people and should serve the interests of all the people, especially the poorest amongst the poor.

The people we refer to represent our constituent members as well of those of other faith-based organisations. We are not prepared to sit by idly and allow the lives of the people of this community to be disrupted in the manner that has been seen over the past few days and weeks.

We simply wish to afford you the opportunity to bring about redress. We are making an objective, non-partisan call on all involved to do what is best for our Town and its people.

We will continue to soak the situation in prayer and will issue this statement to be read in divine services throughout the Diocese of George.

We are more than willing to meet with you in your search for a sustainable and lasting solution to this crisis.

Be assured of our continued prayer support for all role-players.

Yours faithfully in his Master’s service

The Right Reverend Brian Melvin Marajh

Bishop of George

Prayers Requested for Three Elections of Bishops

Please pray for:

  • The Electoral College of the Diocese of St Helena, to be held on 23rd September 2018.
  • The Diocese of Port Elizabeth as they prepare for their Elective Assembly, to be held from 5th to 7th December 2018.
  • The Diocese of Umzimvubu as they prepare for their Elective Assembly, to be held from 10th to 12th December 2018.

The Ven Horace Arenz
Provincial Executive Officer

A Special Prayer for PSC 2018

Please include this Collect for Provincial Standing Committee, which meets at the end of September, in your prayers:

Lord God

You have entrusted to your Church

a share in the mission of your Son in the world:

help each and every member of this Church

to discern their calling to a particular ministry,

to seek the training that they require, and

to accept the vocation to which you direct them;

through Jesus Christ our Lord

and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

College of Transfiguration enters a new era!

The Province’s principal residential seminary, the College of Transfiguration (COTT) in the city of Makhanda in the Eastern Cape, has been granted its final registration with educational authorities.

South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training issued a certficate of registration for the college on July 10. In recent years, COTT has been operating under provisional registration.

The new certificate (below) confirms that COTT can award the Diploma in Theology, the Advanced Diploma in Ministry and the Bachelor of Theology degree.

“Good news! Christ is risen indeed!” commented Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, responding from the United States, where he has been attending the General Convention the The Episcopal Church. “Wow,” he added, “what a journey!”

Read about the College here: https://www.cott.co.za/

Our souls are being eaten away by hate speech – Bishop Steve Moreo of Joburg

[Diocese of Johannesburg] The souls of South Africans are slowly being eaten away by the hate speech of people like EFF leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu who have clearly embarked on an offensive of naked racism to harm the country.

So says the Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg, the Right Revd Dr Steve Moreo, in a statement released today and sent to the members of his diocese in Gauteng. He was commenting in particular on recent utterances by the EFF leaders against Indians.

Bishop Moreo / Julius Malema (Photo: Diocese of Johannesburg / Gary van der Merwe / Wikimedia)

“The comments that have been made are nothing more than hate speech – a political tool that is reminiscent of the most abhorrent racism of apartheid against which millions of South Africans fought to attain their freedom in 1994. The nature of their attacks is such that I fear we may be beginning to see a roll-back of the very freedoms for which great men and women of the struggle fought.”

The racism being peddled by Malema had become a cancer that was eating away at the rejuvenated healthy cells of ubuntu that had followed 1994. Great leaders such as Nelson Mandela had shown how a spirit of big-heartedness and reconciliation, of seeing people through the African eyes of ubuntu, could begin to craft a South African renaissance that had been the envy of the world for a while. But the hatred inherent in racism was actively eating it away like a malignancy.

Bishop Moreo asked why Malema would castigate and insult Indians based on perhaps one experience he had: “I suspect Mr Malema is actually nervous to meet some of the very people he belittles, whose humanity he questions, whose ubuntu he denies when he makes his racist rants.”

The bishop said that there would always be differences between people. But the tendency in many quarters to single out race as the great differentiator was an illustration of evil forces at work.

“It is not only the Malemas who should desist in this, but all of us. People in business, the entertainment world, on the sports field, in the home, wherever, should think carefully about what they say. Ubuntu, reconciliation… those should be our watchwords as Africans living in this country.

“And Mr Malema and his comrades have a great need to understand and embrace ubuntu. They have a responsibility, as elected leaders, to engage others, and speak about their differences, and find one another. That is the African way. That is the ubuntu way. Why would the EFF leaders shun this?”

Bishop Moreo said if the present trend continued, modern-day racism could become institutionalised and be far worse than apartheid, with even worse consequences for the country: “And beware: when you start to label someone as a racist, you immediately become a racist yourself.”

Bishop Moreo said people of faith should renew efforts to play a leading role in demonstrating the love of one another which all religions espouse.

“I particularly ask Anglicans in my diocese to continue to engage with one another as we seek to overcome this renewed scourge of racism that has reared its satanic head in our land. We did this before as we struggled, not without our differences, in the pre 1994 days. Now is the time for us as Christians to rise up again and show that we will not allow racism to take hold at the expense of love and reconciliation.”

Diocese of Natal Advertises Post of Diocesan Secretary

Anglican Diocese of Natal

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of

Diocesan Secretary

in the Anglican Diocese of Natal

Download PDF of this advertisement here – Advertisement_Natal

Location of Post: Cathedral Centre, 169 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg.

Description and Purpose of the Post:

The Diocesan Secretary is the senior executive responsible for the management of the administration in the Diocese of Natal. The incumbent reports to the Bishop of Natal.

Subject to the direction of the Diocesan Bishop and implementing resolutions from Synod, the Board of Trustees and Diocesan Council, the primary responsibilities of the post include –

  • Supporting the implementation of the mission and vision of the Diocese
  • Ensuring that the Diocese maintains an effective, efficient and transparent financial management and control system;
  • As the Diocesan Public Officer, ensuring that the Diocese adheres to all legal requirements in respect of its Public Benefit Organisation status;
  • Overseeing all tax matters as prescribed in the Tax Administration Act;
  • Supporting the stability of the Diocese as a whole while promoting Christian development;
  • Ensuring compliance with all Constitutional and Canonical, statutory and regulatory requirements and that decisions of Synod, Diocesan Council and the Board of Trustees are implemented;
  • Ensuring effective management of movable and immovable assets;
  • Enabling effective support to the various parishes, organisations and schools;
  • Ensuring that appropriate governance procedures are in place to advance accountability, transparency, compliance with relevant rules and regulations to facilitate effective operational efficiency;
  • Managing human resources and volunteers as well as the provision of support for the management of the human resources of the parishes, organisations and schools;
  • Supporting effective communication management;
  • Ensuring effective risk management system;
  • Holding regular meetings with senior staff.

Experience:

  • Extensive experience (5 years or more) in management of a large organisation requiring the ability to communicate, work with and understand the needs of the various levels within the Diocese;
  • The ability to make decisions while retaining empathy in dealing with people;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English (the ability to communicate in isiZulu is an advantage).
  • To be a practising Anglican would be an advantage.

Qualifications:

  • A relevant Bachelor’s Degree (Finance and Management).
  • Computer literacy

Remuneration: A market-related package

Closing Date for Applications: 29th June 2018

Written Applications together with an abridged CV and relevant qualifications must be received by close of business on 29th June 2018 by:

Personnel Administrator

Mrs Adele Green

Private Bag 899

Pietermaritzburg

3200

Or Emailed to: admin@dionatal.org.za

Or Hand delivered to:

Mrs Adele Green

2nd Floor

Cathedral Centre

169 Langalibalele Street

Pietermaritzburg

Successful shortlisted candidates will be notified by 31st July, 2018.

Death of the Revd Canon Rowan Q Smith

Fr Rowan Smith

We regret to announce to the Province the unexpected death yesterday of the Revd Canon Rowan Quentin Smith, a former Provincial Executive Officer and former Dean of Cape Town.

Father Rowan broke his hip in a fall at St George’s Cathedral on Good Friday, and appeared only recently to be recovering steadily.

He was educated at Kensington High School, Cape Town, King’s College, London, and St Boniface Missionary College, Warminster. He was ordained Deacon in St. Nicholas’ Church, Matroosfontein in 1967 and Priest in St.
George’s Cathedral in 1968, by Archbishop Robert Selby Taylor.

He spent the decade from 1977 as first a novitiate and later a professed member of the Community of the Resurrection, serving for a period as Chaplain to St. Martin’s School, Johannesburg.

After being released from his vows, he became in turn Chaplain to the University of Cape Town, Chaplain to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Provincial Executive Officer until Archbishop Tutu’s retirement. He then served as Dean of the Cathedral from 1996 until his retirement in 2010.

His funeral will be held in the Cathedral at 9 am on Saturday June 2.

May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.

Church Provides New Guidance for Survivors of Abuse

The Church’s Canon Law Council has recommended to the Archbishop that the process of laying complaints of sexual abuse and harassment against those who minister or hold office in the church should be made easier.

The Council is now working on specific proposals aimed at achieving this objective. It is also reviewing, with a view to making recommendations, how the Church can prevent sexual abuse and harassment and how it can initiate early intervention in such cases, including providing support services, a helpline and crisis and survivor support.

The Council’s recommendations have been made in response to a request for advice by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba after a number of individuals spoke out in the media about harassment and abuse they said they suffered in the past. The Council comprises experienced lawyers who serve the Church as legal advisors and other Church representatives.

The Council told the Archbishop that the Pastoral Standards adopted by the Church in 2002, which provide comprehensive guidance and rules for those who minister, already set out a sound basis on which to receive and handle complaints against alleged lay, clerical and episcopal offenders. But its report suggested further action was needed.

As an immediate step, the Archbishop has directed that the Pastoral Standards be published in full on the Church’s website. Until now they have been available only in booklet form. The Pastoral Standards, and a fuller report on the Council’s work, can now be found on the website:

Pastoral Standards, Values and Practices >>

Safe Church Guide >>

Johannesburg bishop detained under apartheid dies at 89

From left, Bishops Sigisbert Ndwandwe, Desmond Tutu and Simeon Nkoane marching in April 1985 to the then John Vorster Square to demand the release of Father Geoff Moselane. (Photo: Robert Tshabalala/Financial Mail/Gallo Images)

The Right Revd Mfaniseni Sigisbert Ndwandwe, a former Bishop-Suffragan of Johannesburg who was detained without trial during the 1980s uprising against apartheid, has died in Jouberton in North-West Province. He was 89.

Bishop Ndwandwe was first ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church and earned the degree of Doctor of Canon Law. After he became an Anglican priest, he and Dean Tom Stanage were elected in 1978 as bishops-suffragan of Johannesburg to assist Bishop Timothy Bavin.

At that time, the Diocese of Johannesburg stretched from the Swaziland border in the east to the Botswana border and the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman in the West. Bishop Sigi, as he was fondly known, was based in Jouberton and served the western part of the Diocese.

During the uprising against apartheid which began late in 1984, Bishop Sigi and Bishop Simeon Nkoane, who had later been elected to replace Bishop Stanage, both worked with young anti-apartheid activists in their communities and were subjected to attacks by apartheid forces.

In 1985, they joined Bishop Desmond Tutu, recently enthroned as Bishop of Johannesburg, and two dozen other priests in an illegal march to police headquarters in Johannesburg in protest against the detention of Father Geoff Moselane of Sharpeville. Father Moselane was later charged with UDF activists in the Delmas treason trial.

In April 1986, Bishop Sigi’s house in Jouberton was fire-bombed. In response, police arrested him on charges of public violence. They released him, only to re-arrest him under the Internal Security Act, then strip-searched him in public and detained him without trial for 99 days on a claim that he had conspired to murder policemen.

He was later named by the then Archbishop Tutu to a panel of four bishops who were appointed to promote peace during the conflict of the late 1980s and early 1990s in KwaZulu-Natal.

Bishop Ndwandwe is survived by his wife, Dorcas, his children, Mbuso, Donald and Angie, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. His funeral service is at 8 am on Friday May 11 at the Diocesan Centre of the Diocese of Matlosane.

Please note that this report has been corrected to reflect the correct date of Bishop Sigisbert’s funeral. It is Friday May 11, not May 18 as previously recorded. Our apologies for the error. Thank you also for Fr. Amoore (see comments below) for pointing out that Bishop Sigi was elected at the same time as Bishop Tom Stanage.

Young people invited to join Taizé ‘Pilgrimage of Trust’

Young Anglicans across the Province are being invited to join thousands of young people from across the world on a five-day pilgrimage to Cape Town in September next year.

The “Pilgrimage of Trust” is being organised under the auspices of the famous Taizé Community in France.

It will take place from September 25 to 29, 2019, at the invitation of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop Stephen Brislin of the Catholic Church, Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa of the Methodist Church and Dr Gustav Claassen, general secretary of the Dutch Reformed Church.

The organisers expect up to 10,000 young people between 18 and 35. They say that “this meeting will help young people in their search for God. It will help encourage them to have a profound trust in themselves and in others.

“This meeting will invite them to be attentive to the signs and people of hope present around them and encourages them to take up responsibilities to become bearers of peace and trust in the Church and in society.

“The daily programme will include common prayers and times of sharing. The morning programme will be in the parishes/local churches and from midday onwards in a common venue.

“The participants of the Cape Town meeting will be accommodated in the parishes and local communities. This personal welcome is an important aspect of this pilgrimage.”

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