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New MU President elected

We congratulate Mrs Maria van Staden, who was elected as the new Provincial President of the Mothers' Union at the MU's Provincial Council meeting on Friday 7 December 2018 in Port Elizabeth. 

Maria hails from the Diocese of Saldanha Bay in the Aqua Cluster which includes the Diocese of George, the Diocese of False Bay and the Diocese of Cape Town.

We wish her well as she takes up this leadership position in 2019. Halala Maria!

Office of the Provincial Executive Officer

Port Elizabeth elects the Revd Dr Eddie Daniels as bishop

(Photo: Diocese of PE)

An Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth has elected the Revd Dr Eddie Daniels, Rector of St Margaret’s Church in Summerstrand (left), as the next Bishop of Port Elizabeth.

Dr Daniels was ordained as priest by the then Bishop Desmond Tutu in Johannesburg in 1985. After serving in that diocese for six years, he took up a post as lecturer in the former St Paul’s College in Grahamstown for two years.

He has served in parishes in the Diocese of Port Elizabeth for the past 25 years.

He holds a Diploma in Theology from St Paul’s, a BA degree and a Master of Education degree (both from Wits University), and a Doctor of Education degree from Nelson Mandela University.

He is married to Nicky and the couple has one son, Joshua. God willing, he will be consecrated as bishop on February 23 next year. He will succeed the Right Revd Bethlehem Nopece, who retired earlier this year.

Canon John Suggit receives Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice

Canon John Suggit with the citation of the award conferred on him by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.

At a service to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his ordination as priest, one of the church’s leading theologians, the Revd Canon John Suggit, has been presented with the Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice.

The service was held at St Margaret’s Church in Fish Hoek, in the Diocese of False Bay. Among those who attended were clergy who studied at the old St Paul’s College under Canon Suggit, including those holding a 50th anniversary reunion.

Among other recipients of the award have been Archbishop Emeritus Desmond and Mrs Leah Tutu, former South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Professor Barney Pityana, former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, retired President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and retired Bishop John Osmers of Zambia.

The citation for the award, presented by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, follows.

The Revd Canon John Suggit came to South Africa in 1948 with his wife, Thelma, after graduating with degrees in Classics and Theology at Worcester College, Oxford. Ordained deacon and priest in Grahamstown (now Makhanda) during that year, he served successively as a curate and acting Rector at the Cathedral of St Michael and St George, then at St Hugh’s in Newton Park, Port Elizabeth – where he and his parishioners built the church as a “do-it-yourself” exercise – and at St Michael and All Angels’ in Queenstown (now Komani).

Proficient in Latin and Greek since preparatory school, and well grounded in parish ministry, he was appointed Warden of St Paul’s College in 1965, where he became renowned as an outstanding teacher, pastor and administrator. In the judgement of Bishop Duncan Buchanan, who worked with him, he was a perfectionist who insisted on the highest standards and worked with great skill to bring the college into the 20th century. After 10 years at St Paul’s, the post of Professor of New Testament Studies at Rhodes University became vacant. Interviewed for the post, his reply to why he had applied for it became the stuff of legend: it was because, he said, he wanted to learn more about the New Testament. His answer, in the words of Bishop Michael Nuttall, showed “the true mark of a scholar and teacher who is ever a disciple also.”

In turbulent times, John Suggit’s writings have played an important role in underpinning our Church and its witness. His devotion to the centrality of the Eucharist and his example as a model of what priesthood should be are an inspiration to us all. The Anglican Church of Southern Africa is honoured to recognise this pastor, prophet and priest who has selflessly dedicated his life to the liberation and welfare of God’s people with the Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice.

Consecration & Installation of Bishop Dale Bowers of St Helena

Reporting and photos: Sharon and Darrin Henry of ‘What The Saints Did Next

History was made on Sunday 11th November with the consecration and enthronement of Dale Bowers as the 16th Bishop of the island of St Helena.

See full report below the slideshow…

History was made on Sunday 11th November with the consecration and enthronement of Dale Bowers as the 16th Bishop of the island of St Helena.

Dale is the second island-born bishop and it is believed this was the first consecration of a bishop on the island.

The ceremony took place at St Paul’s Cathedral and was led by the Most Revd Dr Thabo Cecil Makgoba, visiting Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

It was a colourful, memorable and for some, an emotional occasion that was broadcast live via radio to reach beyond the estimated congregation of 300. Bishop Dale’s sons, Jacob and Luke, attended the ceremony as acolytes and his wife Penny stood proudly at the front.

Accompanying Archbishop Thabo were the Rt Revd Stephen Molopi Diseko, Dean of the Province and Bishop of Matlosane, and the Rt Revd Allan John Kannemeyer, Bishop of Pretoria, along with the Revd Mcebisi Pinyana, the Archbishop’s chaplain, who all flew in from Johannesburg the previous day.

Once the consecration section of the service was done, Bishop Dale and the Procession left the cathedral via the vestry, and – following tradition for the enthronement – pounded his staff three times on the west door to request permission to enter the cathedral.

He was welcomed inside by Sylvia Ivy Ellick, Registrar of the Diocese of St Helena. He then swore, ‘to respect, maintain, and defend the rights, privileges and liberties of this Diocese and to rule it with truth, justice and love, not lording it over God’s heritage, but showing myself in all things an example to the flock of Christ.’

In an uplifting sermon Archbishop Thabo paid tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Partway through the service he spoke in four languages representative of the different provinces.

Bishop Dale previously served as vicar of the Jamestown Parish. He replaces Bishop Richard Fenwick who retired in May this year.

The Diocese of St Helena was founded in 1859 and is the 4th oldest diocese of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

Hear Bishop Michael Curry in Johannesburg

The Most Revd Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, will come to Johannesburg next February to deliver the annual lecture in memory of Bishop David Beetge of the Highveld.

Bishop Curry is best known in the Anglican Communion for his sermon at the marriage of British royal family member Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

The lecture will take place on Saturday 16 February 2019 at 2pm at the Great Hall of Wits University in Braamfontein.

The proceeds of ticket sales will go to Kwasa College primary school, Daggafontein, Springs. Early bird tickets – bought by December 16 – cost R120 (R50 for students) and other advance tickets R200.

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Praying for the election of new MU President

PRAYER FOR PROVINCIAL PRESIDENT ELECTION (Mothers’ Union)

Lord God, We praise you and give thanks
For all the blessings you have showered upon us for the past years as the Provincial MU.

We come before your throne of grace for guidance by the Holy Spirit, as we are preparing for the elections of the new leadership.

We thank you for our dear sisters,
Maria van Staden and Nokuzola Nopece for accepting nominations and for their families.

We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love and keep in the ways of your truth.

We also pray for the delegates who will be bringing the voices of ALL the members,
That they may deliberate and discuss matters that will change the lives of people.
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Prayers for Episcopal Consecration and Elections

Your prayers are asked for the following:

  • Bishop Elect Dale Arthur Bowers as he prepares to be Consecrated and Enthroned as the Bishop of St Helena on Sunday 11 November 2018.
  • For the Revd Zwelidumile Tom; the Revd David Stansbury; the Revd Lulamile Ngesi; the Revd Dr Edward Daniels; the Very Revd Sharon Nell; the Ven Fumanekile Kula; the Very Revd Andrew Hunter and the Very Revd Mark Derry, who will be considered for election as the next Bishop of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth at their Elective Assembly, to be held from 5 to 7 December 2018.
  • For the Revd Mzukisi Nomatshila; the Revd Canon Mpilisi Capa and the Rt Revd Tsietsi Seleoane, who will be considered for election as the next Bishop of the Diocese of Mzimvubu at their Elective Assembly, to held  from 10 to 12 December 2018.

The Ven Horace Arenz

Provincial Executive Officer

 

RSCM honours Cape Town choir conductor

[Rebecca Malambo – Diocese of Cape Town] St George’s Cathedral choir conductor Jonathan Langenhoven travelled to England with his wife Susan in September 2018 to receive an award from the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in recognition for his services to church music.

He was honoured as an associate of the RSCM  during a celebration service at Salisbury Cathedral on September 8th. The award was presented to Jonathan by the Rt Revd Nick Holtam, bishop of Salisbury.

Jonathan was one of 9 recipients of the ARSCM award for 2018 and the only recipient from Africa this year. The RSCM is an international organization, with headquarters in the UK, which aims to encourage and support music in churches. It is represented in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

 

 

 

Durban sets ‘Anglicans Ablaze’

Worship at Anglicans Ablaze (Photo: Bellah Zulu)

[ACNS, by Bellah Zulu] More than 2000 Anglicans from Southern Africa and around the world were in Durban, South Africa last week for Anglicans Ablaze, an international conference within the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. The biennial event, which ran from 3 – 6 October, is a renewal platform meant to set Anglicans “ablaze with God’s love and power in order to build up the church and to serve God in the world.”

The Bishop of the North Western Episcopal Area of the Anglican Diocese of Natal, Tsietsi Seleoane, is the new liaison Bishop for Anglicans Ablaze. The event, he said, is a continuation of the Anglican Renewal Ministry that began in the 1970s. “It’s a diverse kind of ministry showing the Anglican life at its best – from extreme Anglo-Catholic to extreme charismatic expressions of our worship, and this is why we want people to see how they can transform their own parishes after being enriched by this renewal ministry in our church”, he said.

“Anglicans Ablaze is about church growth”, said Nonkonzo Xintolo, a priest from the Diocese of Mthatha. “This gives me a chance to mix with other people and learn because you cannot go back home and grow the church unless you grow yourself first.”

Anglicans Ablaze has a special place in the lives of young people because for the most part, it presents an opportunity for them to experience church in a way that’s different from what they experience in their parishes. Jesse Rajee, an 18-year-old Anglican from Cape Town who was attending Anglican Ablaze for the first time.

BZ_Anglicans -Abalze -2018-Fun -loving -young -Anglicans _700x 467Fun-loving young Anglicans at the Anglicans Ablaze renewal conference in Durban last week.
Photo: Bellah Zulu

“After listening to the experiences of my friends who attended the last conference, I got inspired and knew I also wanted to be attended someday,” he said. “I have been challenged and my goal is to inspire other young people as I have been inspired here.”

Another young Anglican, 17-year-old Levern Luiters, talked of how this experience has impacted her life. “I have heard a lot of good things here that the Lord has done for other people and now I know that he is going to do it for me as well”, she said. “It’s indeed an honour to be here to worship God with people from different churches.”

When more than 2000 people meet in one place for a conference such as this one, the amount of garbage produced can be overwhelming. But the organisers foresaw this and came up with various innovations to minimise the amount of waste produced.

“Instead of single use containers, we have made available over 2000 reusable mugs which has helped us stop about 12,000 plastic containers from being used here,” said the Coordinator of Green Anglicans, Canon Rachel Mash. “We have also made available wooden stirs instead of plastic spoons.”

She added: We have to change people’s theology by emphasising that caring for the environment is a key calling of a Jesus shaped life. You cannot say you care for your neighbour if you don’t care for creation.”

The highlight of the event came from the prolific church planter and keynote speaker for the conference, Archbishop Moon Hing of West Malaysia, the Primate of South East Asia. He gave a moving account of growing up in a Buddhist family in an area where Christianity accounted for less than one per cent of religious affiliation.

BZ_Anglicans -Abalze -2018-Bishop -Martin -Breytenbach -prays -for -Archbishop -Moon -Hing _700x 467Bishop Martin Breytenbach prays for keynote speaker Archbishop Moon Hing.
Photo: Bellah Zulu

“My family didn’t like it when I converted to Christianity to an extent that they stopped me from speaking to my family about it,” he said. “But after so many years I would like to thank God that I have managed to convert 80 per cent of my family including brothers, sisters and cousins among others to Christianity, and had the privilege of baptising my own mother.”

In an interview with the Anglican Communion News Service, he spoke of the importance of Anglican Ablaze: “There is hunger for Christ everywhere – people need motivation, encouragement and direction, and Anglicans Ablaze offers that opportunity and I pray that it spreads to other regions and the whole of the Anglican world.

“This movement will transform the lives of people and communities and the world will have hope because it’s a reminder that God is our priority in a world which is going in the opposite direction.”

The atmosphere was spirit filled as Anglicans worshipped God in an apparent hunger for transformation and a different kind of experience.

Correction: the original headline of this article incorrectly described Anglicans Ablaze as a youth event. The conference has a youth-track; but is an all-age renewal conference.

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