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Kimberley & Kuruman Diocesan Vacancies

The Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman invites applications for the two vacancies of Diocesan Administrator and Bookkeeper.

An application form and full descriptions of the two positions can be found below.

The closing date for applications is SUNDAY 18th DECEMBER.

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Beloved of God course material- still available

The 25th November marks the start of the 16 days of activism against violence against women and children.

The Publishing Committee still has material for parish use available.

Beloved of God – Two books are provided for the course:

Leaders Guide @ R50  each

Workbook  @ R40 each.

(contains all the handouts)

This six week course was written in response to a motion of Provincial Synod 1999 concerning violence against women. The material was prepare by Canon Erica Murray.

It has been reprinted as material to deal with this topic on a parish level is very urgently needed in our society today.  This need for material was emphasized again at Provincial Synod 2019 and material updated.

The  6  week Course covers:

Susanna – Beloved of God – reflection on Daniel 13.  All are beloved of God

Abused Women – considers at the abuse of power

Battered women –  looks at the cycle of violence

Raped women – Bible Study on Tamar /effects of rape on women

Afraid women – to help men and women come to know God is a loving God

ALL OF US – Beloved of God – breaking forms of oppression.

order from: orders@anglicanchurchsa.org.za

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Archbishop of Canterbury meets grieving mothers displaced by war in Mozambique

From Lambeth Palace

The Archbishop of Canterbury visited Pemba in North Mozambique yesterday to meet with people who’ve been traumatised by conflict, as part of his five-day visit to the country.

Yesterday the Archbishop met two women whose children had been violently killed by insurgents. One of them witnessed the murder of her baby daughter who was just a few months old. The other’s son, her only child, was abducted and killed.

Together with his wife, Caroline, Archbishop Justin Welby also met with Fatima, the mother of 7-month-old twins who’s displaced because of conflict in her home of Ancuabe, a district in Cabo Delgado Province. She is now living with a host family in Pemba who have given her and her children a place to stay.

Speaking of his visit to Pemba, the Archbishop said: “I was greatly moved when I heard about the violence and displacement in Cabo Delgado. In a region that has already suffered so much, the people there carry heavy burdens. Yet they are not crushed. Many in the Church and other faith groups are working tirelessly to bring communities together through dialogue, to heal the wounds of history and to change future prospects. I wanted to visit Pemba personally to stand alongside those who have fled their homes and those showing remarkably generous hospitality to them.”

Preaching during a special Eucharist yesterday at St Mary Magdalene Church to mark his visit the Archbishop said, “I came here to Pemba because I remember you each day in prayer, and I long for the world to support you and to help you. Your journey in these difficult times is an example to the world: a testimony of the love of God and of your faithfulness.”

“And we will speak about you not just as an example, but calling for people to support and help you.”

He particularly focused on women and young people at the service saying after the Eucharist, “Jesus Christ seeks the youth to be warriors of peace and the women to be foundations of peace. Your participation in reconciliation is essential. So my prayers are for all, but especially the youth and women.”

During his time in Pemba the Archbishop met government leaders and Catholic leaders. He also met members of “peace clubs” which were created in 2015 and to bring together young Muslim and Christian leaders. He listened as they described their reconciliation efforts and how the people they help are traumatised and tired by the insurgency in Cabo Delgado Province. He heard how availability of humanitarian aid was sparse, and how people are exhausted and desperate to know when they can go back to their own homes.

The Archbishop’s five day long pastoral visit to Mozambique has focused on solidarity, peace and reconciliation. Today the Archbishop is back in the capital city of Maputo to round up his visit. In Maputo he will talk to young people about their faith, and members of Mothers’ Union and Bernard Mizeki’s Guild.

Notes:

Notes:

  1. The Archbishop was visiting Mozambique to take part in celebrations for the new Anglican Church of Mozambique and Angola, which became the 42nd province of the Anglican Communion in 2021. Read more about his visit here
  2. Read the Archbishop’s sermon on Sunday in Maputo at a service of thanksgiving for the new Anglican Church of Mozambique and Angola, here.
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Minutes of 2022 Provincial Standing Committee

CLICK HERE to read and download a copy of the Minutes of the 2022 meeting of the Provincial Standing Committee [LARGE FILE]

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Pastoral Letter on Palestine for all parishes

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has issued the following Pastoral Letter to be read in parishes ahead of the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People:

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Guidelines for Using Social Media in the Church

The ACSA Provincial Media Committee has updated its guidelines for the use of social media in the church. Read and download the guidelines below.

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Religious Life Council elects new Executive

The Religious Life Council elected a new Executive during a meeting at Mariannhill in KwaZulu-Natal in the last week of October.

The new members are listed below the photo.

Seated, from left: Sr Jabu Kheswa CHN(Z), Chair; Bishop Tsietsi Seleoane, the liaison bishop; Sr Yekiswe CJC.
Standing: Cynthia O’Ehley tssf, Secretary; Br Max SSM, Treasurer; Sr Neheng CR; Mo. Thulisiwe CSJB, Deputy Chair.
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Anglican Women’s Fellowship elects new Provincial Executive Committee

The 27th Provincial Council Meeting of the Anglican Women’s Fellowship has elected a new AWF Provincial Executive Committee for the period 2022–2024.

The elections took place at the Council’s meeting, held from 26 to 30 October 2022 in Bloemfontein, in the Diocese of the Free State. The Provincial Deputy Registrar, Ms Rosalie Manning, acted as the electoral officer.

OFFICE BEARERS:

Pamela Mntonintshi: Provincial President (Diocese of the Highveld)

Jacoba Kleinsmith: Provincial Vice President (Diocese of Saldanha Bay)

Nomalungelo Ntlokwana: Provincial Alternate Vice President (Diocese of Port Elizabeth)

Thokozile Mkhatshwa: Provincial Secretary – Appointed by the Provincial President (Diocese of Mpumalanga)

Desree Legwale: Provincial Treasurer – Appointed by the Provincial President (Diocese of Johannesburg)

PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE MEMBERS:

Bonita Flink: Diocese of False Bay

Desree Legwale: Diocese of Johannesburg

Mamello Qhobela: Diocese of Lesotho

Marianne Lawrence: Diocese of Namibia

Ntsatsi Letebela: Diocese of Kimberley & Kuruman

Peggy Kambule: Diocese of Pretoria

The new AWF Provincial Executive Committee, with Bishop Daniel Kgomosotho, their liaison bishop.

 

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Bishops Anoint, Consecrate, Bless King Misuzulu kaZwelithini

In a service reflecting the long history of relations between the Anglican Church and the Zulu Royal Family, three bishops of the Church conducted a special liturgy at the beginning of celebrations of the accession to the throne of King Misuzulu kaZwelithini on October 29.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town led the service, assisted by Bishop Vikinduku Mnculwane of Zululand, Bishop Nkosinathi Ndwandwe of Natal and the Royal Chaplain, the Venerable Bongani Mhlongo, and supported by the choir of St Faith’s Church, Durban.

You can follow below:

  • The SABC broadcast of the full liturgy;
  • A video clip of Bishop Mnculwane’s prayer for the King (note the SABC wrongly described Bishop Mnculwane as the Archbishop);
  • The text of the prayer in isiZulu and English;
  • A copy of the liturgy.

The full text of the Archbishop’s homily can be found on his blog:

Celebrating the Coronation of His Majesty King MisuZulu Sinqobile kaZwelithini >>

Prayer by the Bishop of Zululand:

Masikhuleke
UNkulunkulu Somandla okuphe inhliziyo evumayo ukwenza konke lokhu
Makakuphe ubabalo namandla okufeza lomsebenzi
Ukuze aphelelise umsebenzi omuhle awuqale kuwe
Akugcwalise ngeqiniso lakhe
Akuvunulise ngobungcwele bakhe
Ukuze umsebenzele ngokukholeka kulesisikhundla sokuba yiNgonyama yeSizwe samaZulu,
Lidunyiswe igama lakhe, sakheke nesizwe sakhe
ngoMsindisi wethu uJesu Kristu
Amen.

Rough translation:

Let us pray
God Almighty has given you a willing heart to do all this
May he give you grace and strength to accomplish the task
To complete the good work he started in you
He fills you with his truth
He clothed you with his holiness
In order to serve him faithfully in this position of being the King of the Zulu Nation,
Let his name be praised, let us build his nation
through our Savior Jesus Christ
Amen.

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Lambeth Conference Highlights

Video and photo highlights selected by the organisers:

Watch highlights from the conference >>

View the official photo selection >>

Read news from conference [scroll down] >>

View the thank-you brochure issued to participants:

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Building peace in South Africa [book launch]

The Revd Dr Liz Carmichael, formerly of the Diocese of Johannesburg and Chaplain to St John’s College, Oxford, will launch the book Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in South Africa: The National Peace Accord, 1991-1994 in Cape Town and Johannesburg during October.

Advance information about the book, followed by details of the launch in Cape Town on October 14 and Stellenbosch on October 13 appear below.

Details of the launch in Johannesburg on October 20 will be added when available.

A synopsis:

“This first full account of the South African National Peace Accord (NPA) fills a significant gap in knowledge of this key transitional phase in the country’s history. Signed by the ANC Alliance, Government, Inkatha Freedom Party and other political and labour organizations on 14 September 1991, the parties agreed in the NPA on the common goal of a united, non-racial democratic South Africa and provided practical means for moving towards this end.

“This book describes the formulation of the NPA and its implementation: the establishment of codes of conduct for political organizations and for the police, the creation of national, regional and local peace structures for conflict resolution and the investigation and prevention of violence, and peace monitoring, as well as the critical socio-economic reconstruction and peacebuilding that aimed to bring lasting change.

“The NPA was recognized internationally as South Africa’s sole consensus document, bringing observers from the UN, EU, Commonwealth and OAU. The author also assesses their role and that of the Goldstone Commission, which existed under the NPA and prefigured the TRC.”

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Church report suggests how to create jobs for young people

A report presented to Provincial Standing Committee has made suggestions for how parishes could combat youth unemployment in countries of the Province.

The report was presented by Bishop Vicentia Kgabe of Lesotho, who was appointed by the Archbishop to chair a Commission on Youth Unemployment in response to a resolution from the 2021 Provincial Synod.

Among suggestions made by the commission were:

  • Establishing a database recording the personnel resources available among church members:
  • Using the database to set up mentors to provide guidance to young people needing work;
  • Budgetting to employ more young people in parishes and dioceses;
  • Organising workshops to help young people write their C.V.s and develop their skills; and
  • Making church-owned land available for business ventures.

The full report presented by Bishop Kgabe follows:

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PSC report gives advice to parishes on including people with disabilities

Parishes are being encouraged to include people living with disability fully in the lives of their congregations, for example by welcoming those who use wheelchairs by providing ramps to enable them to access churches easily.

Both this year’s meeting of the Provincial Standing Committee and the September meeting of the Synod of Bishops heard reports from the Revd Dr Andrew Warmback of the Diocese of Natal, who was asked by the Archbishop to convene a Disability Advisory Group after the last Provincial Synod.

The Synod committed ACSA “to becoming a fully accessible church to people with disabilities, creating an environment in which all members can offer their gifts and talents in the life, leadership and service of the church.”

The Advisory Group’s report to PSC 2022 appears below, and the 2021 Provincial Synod resolution below that.

Resolution approved at Provincial Synod 2021

VALUING DIVERSITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST: DISABILITY JUSTICE

This Provincial Synod,

Noting that:

  1. Within our churches there is a significant number of people who have physical, emotional, sensory, developmental and intellectual disabilities; some disabilities being visible and some not;
  2. Many of us will experience disability at some stage in our lives;

Acknowledging that:

2.1. People with disabilities often experience marginalisation due to discriminatory social attitudes and practices;

2.2. Physical and communication barriers, such as steps to the altar and lack of large print prayer books as well as attitudinal barriers, can prevent people with disabilities from participating fully in church;

Affirming that:

  1. Everyone is made in God’s image and has inherent dignity and worth and is tobe equally respected;
  2. Disability is part of the diversity of humankind created by God, and we all need the insights of those who have experience of disability in fully understanding the nature of God and our Christian faith;
  3. Jesus sought out people with disabilities and challenged oppressive and dehumanising systems and structures that led to their stigmatisation and marginalisation in society;
  4. The Body of Christ has many members and to be whole all must be welcomed and included regardless of level of ability;

Resolves to:

  1. Commit to becoming a fully accessible church to people with disabilities, creating an environment in which all members can offer their gifts and talents in the life, leadership and service of the church;
  2. Respectfully request the Archbishop to appoint a Disability Advisory Group, led by and comprising mostly people with disabilities, whose responsibilities would include the raising of awareness about issues of disability and engaging in educational and advocacy work, including in the following ways within ACSA:

2.1. In collaboration with the South African Anglican Theological Commission (SAATC) to work on adopting a Theology of Disability, which could assist in theological education and formation;

2.2. Offer support to Provincial and Diocesan guilds, groups, institutions and ministries to assist them with the full participation of people with disabilities within their organisations, events and services;

2.3. Liaise with those engaged in Gender work as well as those responsible for safeguarding to highlight the link between disability and gender-based violence;

2.4. Assist the Liturgical Committee in their revision of the Prayer Book by the needs of those with disabilities in respect of services and sacraments, and providing additional resources for celebrating “People with disabilities” as contained in our Lectionary;

2.5. Work with the Canon Law Council in respect of amendments that may need to be made to the Constitution and Canons in the light of this motion;

2.6. Advocate that the governments in the Province of ACSA to enact legislation and policies that ensure the same rights for people with disabilities that are guaranteed to all other people in our societies;

  1. Encourage all Dioceses to pass motions similar to this one.
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Communique from the Synod of Bishops

Issued by the Synod of Bishops after its September 2022 meeting:

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PSC asks parishes to highlight the plight of Palestinians

Provincial Standing Committee, the church’s top decision-making body between Provincial Synods, has requested parishes to highlight the plight of the Palestinian people at annual observances.

In a resolution adopted today, PSC asked parishes:

— to highlight their plight on a Sunday late in November close to the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29; and

— to co-host with other groups the annual commemoration on May 15 of the displacement of Palestinians during the conflict which occurred around the establishment of Israel as a state in 1948.

In debate on the resolution, the committee heard that there had been controversy over the church’s stand on the situation in Palestine at the recent assembly of the World Council of Churches in Germany. The WCC had been reluctant to criticise Israel, with German church and government officials particularly sensitive to being accused of anti-semitism.

The PSC resolution was adopted by an overwhelming majority of dioceses, with no votes against it and two abstentions.

The full text of the resolution reads:

2022 ACSA RESOLUTION ON PALESTINE AND ISRAEL

Acknowledging that:

1. all human beings are created in the image of God, and that Christianity does not elevate one group of people over another;

2. Christian and Jewish Zionism are both undergirded by notions of supremacy and are forms of racism which have no place in the Christian faith;

3. the Palestinian people remain victims of attitudes in Europe for which they are not responsible. Their refugee situation is the longest running refugee situation in history;

4. support for Palestinian people and advocacy for their human dignity is in no way synonymous with anti-semitism;

5. the integrity and authenticity of the Christian faith is in grave danger if we do not stand with those who suffer.

Therefore, this PSC resolves to:

1. request all parishes in ACSA to highlight the plight of the Palestinian people on the Sunday before Advent yearly, in line with the International day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November;

2. respectfully request the Archbishop to re-commend the Bible Study series “The Bible and the Land Called Holy” for study and to commission the preparation and leading of an online study series during Lent 2023;

3. request local parishes in ACSA to co-host Nakba (or Catastrophe) day, yearly, on 15 May with others who host similar events;

4. respectfully request the Archbishop to send strong messages of support to Palestinian Christians and further respectfully requests the Archbishop to consider visiting Palestinian Christians and/or host a group in South Africa;

5. reflect on what the Bishops of Lambeth were able to resolve and to consider the implications of what they decided;

6. encourage engagement with Christians in other parts of the globe, particularly former colonial powers in Europe and USA and urge them to take stronger actions so that Israel is held accountable and that Palestinian rights are upheld.

Proposed by: The Rt Revd Charles May, Bishop of the Highveld

Seconder: The Revd Dr Andrew Warmback, Diocese of Natal