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Kimberley Diocese Speaks Out on Deaths

Statement on the death of 94 Mentally challenged people by the Bishop Of Kimberley at the 52nd Session of the Diocesan Synod

Commentary on the death of 94 Mentally challenged people

The 52nd Session of the Synod of the Anglican Church of the Diocese of Kimberley & Kuruman expressed great sadness at the deaths of 94 mental patients who died because they were disrupted by what appears to be insensitive relocation.

We learnt that despite objections and pleas by their families their comfort thus contributing directly to their tragic deaths.

We further noted the cold and insensitive attitude of the speaker of the National Assembly, the Hon Baleka Mbete, who found it impossible to concede to a request for a moment of silence to acknowledge the tragedy.

We believe that such a gesture would have meant a lot to the grieving families. Unfortunately, this rejection reflected on the entire ruling party since none of them risked the opportunity of making such a conciliatory and sympathetic gesture.

We continue to pray for the families as they struggle to get to grips with the situation. We also pray for those in authority that they may be enabled to make good and right decisions – rather than expedient ones.

May God bless all who can and do make a difference and may we all be convicted to always take the right decisions for the benefit of the vulnerable people in our midst.

The Right Revd Oswald Swartz
on behalf of the Synod of the Diocese of Kimberley & Kuruman

NB: At the time when this statement was being prepared, it was reported in the press that the number of deceased had grown to 100 and probably beyond. We make a serious call for those in authority to address this matter with the urgency it deserves and take bold steps in putting remedial plans into place.

Where is the New Prayer Book?

The ACSA Liturgical Committee has become aware that there is a widespread assumption that a ‘new’ Prayer Book has been produced and it is available now.

Many of those placing orders for Celebrating Sunday, the new experimental supplemental liturgical resource with materials for Advent through Pentecost have done so assuming that it is the New Prayer Book.

The Committee is calling upon everyone involved in liturgy and the leadership of worship, to help correct this misunderstanding.

Expecting a New Prayer Book is an appropriate eagerness that we welcome-  however, such an expectation will only be met after many years of hard work.

The New Prayer Book has been called for by the Synod of Bishops and Provincial Synod – and is a goal which the Liturgical Committee is diligently pursuing.

However revising APB 1989 is a process, one that will require the involvement of the whole Church, much work, and many years. During those years the Liturgical Committee will be producing several supplemental liturgical resources authorised for experimental, trial use. Celebrating Sunday is the first in this series of publications.

These supplemental resources will be the result of a process of wide consultation among the people of ACSA and will reflect the diverse styles of worship common to our Church while maintain the characteristic features of Anglican Worship.

The ACSA Liturgical Committee looks forward to continued communication with everyone involved in the worship we offer and with eagerness anticipates your involvement in this exciting and historic process of Revision and Renewal.

The Prayer Book Revision Sub-Committee
of the ACSA Liturgical Committee
All Saints Day 2016

New Provincial Executive Officer Licensed

Archdeacon Horace Arenz with Archbishop Thabo in the Bishopscourt chapel

Archdeacon Horace Arenz with Archbishop Thabo in the Bishopscourt chapel

Following three years at Bishopscourt, Canon William Mostert has returned to a parish in Edenvale, Highveld Diocese. I am grateful for his ministry at Bishopscourt over these years.

Last week Friday, I licensed the Ven Horace Arenz as the new PEO.  Ven Arenz was the Diocesan Administrator in the Diocese of Cape Town and Archdeacon to the ordinary. He comes with vast administrative experience as well as pastoral knowledg . He will serve the province well.

Yours in the service of Christ

+Thabo

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