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“Divine Hope” in a growing Angola

These photos were taken at the inauguration of Angola’s new Diocese Divina Esperança (DDE) by Bishop Andre Soares in Luanda on July 25. The “Diocese of Divine Hope” is to become part of the new Anglican Province, the Igreja Anglicana de Moçambique e Angola (IAMA).

Earlier coverage:

https://anglicanchurchsa.org/two-new-dioceses-launched-for-iama/

https://anglicanchurchsa.org/mozambique-angola-plan-new-province/

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Reading on a Basic Income Grant

SOCIAL PROTECTION IN A TIME OF COVID: LESSONS FOR BASIC INCOME SUPPORT

Commissioned by the Black Sash

(Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, after attending a webinar on this subject, recommends this paper as informative.)

Executive Summary

The Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (Covid-19 SRD) was introduced in South Africa in May 2020 to mitigate the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It provided for people between 18 and 59 years of age, who had no income nor access to any other form of social assistance.

This was an unprecedented moment in the history of social security in South Africa, initiated under enormous pressure in a remarkably short space of time. It drew people who had previously been excluded from the social grant programme, namely those aged 18 to 59 years, into the social protection network, creating a platform for Basic Income Support in the future.

And yet, the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant was not perfect. The R350 amount was not linked to an objective measure of poverty, and fell well below the food poverty line (R585). There were also many challenges of exclusions and inequitable access, particularly for women, foreign nationals, and people living in rural areas. This qualitative study, conducted in all nine provinces, has sought to understand how the Covid-19 SRD Grant was distributed and how people experienced its distribution. We hope these consolidated learnings inform the development and implementation of Basic Income Support in the near future.

Download the full paper below:

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Two new Dioceses launched for IAMA

Two new missionary Dioceses have been inaugurated in July so far as Anglicans in Angola and Mozambique plan their new Province, to be entitled Igreja Anglicana de Moçambique e Angola (IAMA).

In the coastal city of Beira on July 11, Bishop Carlos Matsinhe of Lebombo inaugurated the new Diocese of Pungue River (Diocese Anglicana do Rio Pungue).

On July 18 Bishop Andre Soares of Angola launched the Diocese of Christ the King (Diocese Anglicane de Christo Rei) in Uige in the north-west of that country.

More new dioceses are set to be established Angola in the coming weeks and months.

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Nominees for Bishop of Swaziland

An Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Swaziland will be convened on August 4 & 5, 2021 to elect a successor to the late Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya.
 
Please pray for the following nominees who have been nominated for Bishop in the forthcoming Elective Assembly:
 

  • The Revd Charles Mhlaba Kunene &
  • The Very Revd Advent Nhlanhla Dlamini

 
Sincerely in Christ,
 
THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer

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Bishops Elect new Bishop of Natal

The Electoral College of Bishops met virtually on 9 July 2021 to elect a Bishop for the vacant see of Natal.

Bishop Nkosinathi Ndwandwe, the Bishop of Mthatha, was elected as Bishop of Natal on the first ballot.

Please pray for Bishop Nkosinathi, his family and the Dioceses of Mthatha and Natal as they prepare for his translation and installation.

Sincerely in Christ,

THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer

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Grants for education of clergy’s children – 2021

Applications are invited for this year’s educational grants for children of clergy from the Robert Selby Taylor Will Trust.

The deadline for this year’s applications is August 31, 2021.

Under the rules of the trust, grants are limited to the children of stipendiary clergy only. Applications, endorsed by the Bishop of the Diocese in which the cleric applying for a grant is licensed, should be submitted to Bishopscourt at the following email address: archreception@anglicanchurchsa.org.za

The grants do not cover the costs of clergy studies or pre-school and preparatory education. The Robert Selby Taylor Will Trust Fund should be regarded as “last resort” rather than first port of call for funding.

To download full details and an application form, click on the links below:

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RIP Bishop Derek Damant

The Right Revd Brian Marajh, the Bishop of George, has announced the death of Bishop Derek Damant, who was Bishop of the Diocese from 1984 to 1999.

Bishop Damant was also formerly Dean of Pretoria.  He was ordained in 1958 and served as chaplain at St. Andrew’s School, Bloemfontein and principal of St. Stephen’s Diocesan High School in Mohale’s Hoek.

Please pray for Dr Marylynn Damant, his widow, and their family.

FROM THE BISHOP’S DESK:

Dear Brothers and Sisters.

We woke up this morning with the news that Bishop Derek passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning.

We thank God for his life and witness. May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory. Please keep Marilynn and the family in your prayers.

Yours in the service of Christ,

+ Brian George

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Tribunal of the Diocese of Cape Town [update 29/7]

[Update 29/7] The parties have agreed that the Tribunal will reconvene on Thursday 5th August 2021 at 0930 and thereafter on 6th, 10th, and 11th August as required.

[Update July 23] The hearing reconvened on 21 July as agreed but was further postponed owing to the indisposition of the Rev June Major. The Tribunal will convene again on 5 August 2021 or, failing that, 18 August 2021. The link will be published as usual for those who wish to follow the proceedings.

Tribunal of the Diocese of Cape Town, July 23, 2021

[June 28] The Tribunal opened today and has been adjourned until 21 July 2021 at 0930 because of the ill health of one of the participants.

All parties have been instructed to desist from derogatory communication or any attempt to influence tribunal members by any means,  during the adjournment period.

The reconvened hearing will continue to be available virtually.

Tribunal of the Diocese of Cape Town

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SA local elections under Covid-19

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town has made a submission to an inquiry on holding free and fair Local Government Elections in South Africa under coronavirus conditions. The inquiry is being led by Justice Dikgang Moseneke. The submission can be downloaded below.

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Tribunal of the Revd Melvin Booysen [updated]

A tribunal of the Diocese of Cape Town set up to hear charges against the Revd Melvin Booysen is scheduled to begin hearings on Monday June 28 at 9.30 am.

The tribunal arises out of allegations made by the Revd June Major.

The Canons mandate that the proceedings of tribunals take place in public. However, since under Covid-19 regulations there can be no physical access to the venue by the public, the proceedings can be followed on YouTube at the following address:

[This post was updated by the replacement of the link to the YouTube feed at 11:15 am on Monday June 28. Thanks to the Diocese of Cape Town for the new link.] [The tribunal has adjourned until July 21 on account of one of the lawyers involved testing positive for Covid-19]

Diocese of Cape Town

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RIP Bishop Eric Pike

The Right Revd Eric Pike, former Bishop of Port Elizabeth, has died at the age of 84 after a lifelong ministry in the Eastern Cape.

After growing up on a Church of Scotland mission station, where he learned to speak isiXhosa as well as English, he first trained as an educator. He taught at Queen’s College, Komani, but changed course as he entered his 30s. He trained for the ministry at the old St Paul’s College and was ordained in 1968.

He served in Komga and East London, latterly as Archdeacon of East London, before his election and consecration as Suffragan Bishop of Grahamstown in 1989. In 1993, he was elected the third Bishop of Port Elizabeth, succeeding Bishop Bruce Evans and Bishop Philip Russell before him. He retired in 2001, to be succeeded in turn by Bishop Bethlehem Nopece.

Introducing Bishop Pike’s book, “Who do you say I am?” at a function in Port Elizabeth in 2011, the Revd Robert Penrith said when he first met “this amazing evangelist Eric” at St Andrew’s Church, Mdantsane, he “expected a rather loud and in-your-face evangelist, but instead was greeted with the deepest warmth by this humble man.”

In acknowledgement of the fluency of Bishop Eric’s isiXhosa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu used to jokingly pronounce “Pike” as if it was African, putting the stress on the “e”.

Bishop Pike was known as a walker, from sharing a daily early-morning walk with Bishop Duncan Buchanan of Johannesburg at bishops’ meetings, to undertaking “the Camino” pilgrimage in France and Spain twice.

In his early 80s, he and his wife, Joyce, hit the headlines when they embarked on the “Nehemiah Prayer Walk”, a 200 km journey through all 60 wards and 126 informal settlements in Nelson Mandela Bay.

He recorded his journey in “Walking the Walk”, a book described as being “right up to date, with the final chapter giving insight as to how the walk has brought churches in Nelson Mandela Bay together in the fight against hunger in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

See Bishop Pike in a news report by the SABC in 2019:

With acknowledgements to the Living Church, Gateway News and the Transformation Christian Network

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Justice for the Palestinian people – five studies

After the 2019 Provincial Synod adopted a resolution expressing support for justice for the Palestinian people, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba commissioned a series of studies for use in parishes around the Province.

The studies, and a letter from the Archbishop commending them, are available below. There are five studies, but they can be worked through over seven sessions.

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50 years of black liberation theolgy – lecture series

Beginning on June 26, St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, and the Academy for Theological and Historical Research, an organisation working in the Black Dutch Reformed tradition, is presenting a series of lectures under the title “The Fire, The River, and The Scorched Earth Between: 50 Years of Black Liberation Theology through the lens of Allan Boesak.”

Find out more from the project’s flyer:

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June 16 plea by the Bishop of George

On South Africa’s Youth Day,. the Right Revd Brian Marajh, Bishop of George, urges parents in his Diocese to create opportunities and platforms for young people to explore, examine and comment on issues of the day in order to help them find their voices.

“Let us speak a language of possibility, of inclusion, of empowerment, of inspiration, enabling language, uplifting language, a language of faith, hope and belief in them and their ability to bring about change,” he writes.

READ the full text of his letter:

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ABESA calls for vaccine priority for educators

Anglican Board of Education for Southern Africa – Statement

The Anglican Board of Education for Southern Africa supports this week’s call from the unions in the education sector upon the Minister of Health, for educators to be preferred in the queue for COVID-19 vaccinations, as frontline workers in the nation.

It is critical for South Africa’s future that registered learners are in school as much and as early as possible; that school feeding schemes operate; and that the adult care given by educators in class and in the community is afforded as fully as possible.