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Diocese of Cape Town: Diocesan Tribunal

The President of the forthcoming Diocesan Tribunal in Cape Town, Bishop Peter Lee, has announced that the parties have agreed that the hearing will begin on Monday 28 June 2021.

In present circumstances there can be no public access to the hearing venue. The requirement of Canon 37:13 of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa that ‘the proceedings shall be open’ will be met virtually. Details to follow.

The prayers of the Church are asked for all involved.

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Reduce worshippers to 50 or less, Bishops urged

As the “third wave” of Covid-19 infections hits a number of South African dioceses entering the winter months, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba’s Covid Advisory Team is urging that congregations should be limited to 50 people or less.

The team is also urging all Anglicans to be vaccinated when vaccines become available. Among other recommendations:

“Decrease the number of people at all services to a maximum of 50 , if the church is able to accommodate 50 people within the COVID guidelines. In the event that the building is smaller and not able to accommodate 50 people then to a maximum of 50% of the capacity of the building.”

“Social distancing of 1,5 meters has to be enforced even for members of the same family, as if they are allowed to sit together, then the 1,5m distance between them and other worshippers is not being maintained.”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL TEXT OF THE GUIDELINES FROM THE ADVISORY TEAM BELOW:

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Diocese of Zululand elects new Bishop

Dr Mnculwane, centre, with Bishop Raphael Hess, left, and Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali.

At the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Zululand, the Revd Dr Vikinduku Victor Mnculwane has been chosen as the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese.

Dr Mnculwane was elected on the first ballot in today’s session of the Assembly. Two candidates had been nominated.

Please pray for Dr Mnculwane, his family and the Diocese as they prepare for his Consecration and Installation.

Sincerely in Christ,

THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer

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Synod of Bishops to elect Bishop of Natal

Kindly be informed that the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Natal has not elected a Bishop at its sitting in Pietermaritzburg. As a result, the election has been delegated to the Synod of Bishops.

Sincerely in Christ,

THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer

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College seeks full-time Lecturer

The College of Transfiguration is advertising an academic vacancy for a FULL-TIME LECTURER.

Reporting to the Rector of the College, the successful candidate will be required to:

  1. Demonstrate a specialist interest and ability to teach in the field of Ethics and the New
    Testament among other theological fields.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to teach and be willing to adapt their teaching to enhance student
    engagement and success, including during times of disruption.
  3. Teach and contribute across a range of disciplines beyond their area of speciality.
  4. Engage with the life of the College in alignment with the College’s Vision and Mission.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 15th June 2021.

READ FULL DETAILS – including details of where to send applications – BELOW:

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Appeal for proposals for Provincial Synod Resolutions

Dioceses and Synod representatives who wish to submit motions to be debated at Provincial Synod in September are notified to submit them by Tuesday July 13.

Provincial Synod will be held online from September 21-24 this year. Under the rules of Synod, notices of motion have to be submitted 10 weeks before Synod begins.

After that deadline, only motions arising from the Archbishop’s Charge, or concerning urgent matters which have arisen after July 13, may be considered.

Speaking at the most recent meeting of the Provincial Synod Advisory Committee, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba urged those wishing to submit matters for debate at Synod to do so timeously.

The deadline for submitting notice of Measures (legislation) has already passed.

REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE

Provincial Executive Officer

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Lesotho delegates election of new Bishop

Kindly be informed that the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Lesotho did not elect a Bishop at its sitting on Friday 23rd April, 2021.

The Assembly is delegating their Election of a Bishop to the Synod of Bishops.

Sincerely in Christ,

REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE

Provincial Executive Officer

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Synod of Bishops to elect Bishop of K& K

Kindly be informed that the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Kimberley & Kuruman could not elect a Bishop at their Elective Assembly of 19 & 20 April, 2021.

The Assembly has delegated their Election of a Bishop to the Synod of Bishops.

Sincerely in Christ,

THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer

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Three servants of ACSA receive Lambeth Awards

Three members of the Province are among more than 30 Anglicans across the Communion who have received Lambeth Awards for 2021. The awards are made by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, to recognise outstanding contributions to the Church and wider society.

Bishop Luke Pato of Namibia and Canon Rachel Mash, the Province’s environmental coordinator, have been awarded the Cross of St Augustine for Services to the Anglican Communion. The late Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya, as previously announced by the Synod of Bishops, received the Langton Award for Community Service.

The citations, published on April 7 by Lambeth Palace in London, follow in alphabetical order:

Canon Rachel Mash – the Cross of St Augustine for Services to the Anglican Communion

For raising awareness of and the urgent need to implement the Fifth Mark of Mission in the Anglican Communion.

Working with the steering committee of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, Dr Mash was instrumental in organising the first eco-bishops’ conference at Volmoed. From this came the Good Friday statement ‘The world is our host,’ which had a huge impact on the Anglican Communion. A further eco-bishops of Africa conference led to ‘An Urgent Cry for Ecological Justice; Reclaiming the Gospel Imperative for All Creation’ and a call for climate change to be high on the agenda for Lambeth Conference. The Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN) subsequently released a statement on Environmental Racism signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, nine other archbishops and over 60 Bishops.

Starting in the Anglican Church of South Africa (ACSA), she promoted the Season of Creation into a living liturgical season, resourcing it with excellent liturgical materials. On a Communion level she brought a resolution to the 2009 Anglican Consultative Council in New Zealand to celebrate a liturgical ‘Season of Creation’ as an integral part of the church’s yearly pattern of worship and teaching. The Season of Creation has spread to a growing number of provinces. She is part of the steering committee for the Season of Creation ecumenical network with the Global Catholic Climate Movement, the World Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation and others.

The Green Anglicans Youth movement was started in ACSA and has since spread to Central Africa, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Portugal. Perceiving that the environmental movement must be led by young people, she has consistently trained, empowered and believed in young people so that they are at the forefront of the movement.

Bishop Luke Lungile Pato – The Cross of St Augustine for Services to the Anglican Communion

For outstanding lifelong service to the Church and Society through Theological Education as well as in Ecumenical Relations.

Since Bishop Luke Lungile Pato’s consecration and installation as Bishop of Namibia in 2016, his leadership, theological acumen and pastoral approach have endeared him to the people of the Diocese, bringing stability to the Church in Namibia.

Previously, he had served in the Diocese of Johannesburg as Rector of the Parish of St Martin in the Veld Rosebank, and Rector of the School for Ministries in the Diocese. He spent many years at the South African Council of Churches (SACC) in Church and Reconciliation Ministries following the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he also built support with the Christian Church in the Palestinian Territories. He has also served in the Anglican Communion Anglican-Orthodox Commission. An internationalist, he has served as a university lecturer in Religious Studies and is a published scholar in African Theology and Theological Education.

After seven years as founding Rector of the College of the Transfiguration, where he established a new seminary for the church, set its norms and academic programmes and environment for priestly formation for the Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Cape Town invited him to serve as Provincial Executive Officer and for a while he was based at Bishopscourt, the office of the Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

Bishop Pato is nominated in recognition of his outstanding and faithful ministry in the Church, especially his leadership and administrative skills in ground-breaking and difficult situations; his sensitive work as a reconciler and bridge-builder between Church and society; and his work for justice that linked the Church in South Africa with the Church in Palestine. He has rendered illustrious service and dedication to Church and society; in his ecumenical service on behalf of the Anglican Church; and in his work of peace, justice and reconciliation.

The late Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya – The Langton Award for Community Service

For outstanding leadership in the area of sustainable development and Creation Care in the Diocese of Swaziland (Eswatini).

The late Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya was the first woman to be Bishop in Africa. As such she served her Diocese, the Province and the Anglican Communion in an outstanding manner. She integrated the care of creation into her theology, her teaching and her praxis, prioritising the environment at all levels.

In the Diocese of Swaziland (Eswatini), she was one of the first bishops to introduce the Season of Creation on a yearly basis. She instituted many successful environmental projects, the wattle tree project, seed distribution, the rocket stove initiative and the pig farming project. These have demonstrated sustainable development in a way which is healing the land. The Department of Environment has recognised the Diocese two years in a row for an Eco-award, and she was invited to preach at National World Environment day events.

On a Provincial level, she was the liaison bishop for the environment and oversaw the Greening of the Canons, divestment from fossil fuels, a commitment to banning of Styrofoam at church events and other environmental resolutions.

On a communion level, as chairperson of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network she spoke at Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka on the Eucharist and the Environment. She spoke at forums in Washington DC and was a facilitator for Trinity Church, Wall Street on sustainability for churches in Africa.

Bishop Ellinah was an active member of the Anglican Bishops in Dialogue consultations. These bishops, in the spirit of the Indaba process of Lambeth 2008, courageously took the risk to meet and listen to those with whom they have had profound disagreements. They met for over 10 years and grew in trust, mutual respect and understanding of their diverse contexts and common mission. In this, as in all she undertook, Bishop Ellinah made an outstanding contribution.

The full list of awardees can be found on the Lambeth Palace website.

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Collect for Provincial Synod 2021

Please pray for the proceedings of Provincial Synod, to be held from September 21-24 this year:

Merciful God,

You call us to be your disciples,

Fill us and the Members of Provincial Synod with your love,

So that our faith may transform 

the world’s grief and pain into hope

For you live and reign 

in the unity of the blessed Trinity,

One God, now and forever.

Amen.

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New Safe Church update on case of the Revd June Major

Statement regarding progress in the investigation of the alleged rape of Reverend June Major as reported to Safe and Inclusive Church

The report of the Board of Preliminary Enquiry finds there is a case to answer.

The Board of Preliminary Enquiry (BPE) appointed by the Anglican Church of South Africa (ACSA) to investigate the alleged rape of the Reverend June Dolley-Major by the Reverend Melvin Booysen has established there is a case to answer.

The case will be heard by a Diocesan Tribunal in public sessions as set out in Church law (Canons) in around mid-May 2021, in order to allow for the confirmation of the lay and clerical members of the tribunal by Rev Major and Rev Booysen. The Archbishop has appointed as President of the Tribunal one of the retired Bishops of the Church, Bishop Emeritus Peter Lee.

As soon as the tribunal date has been confirmed, the ACSA will publish its date and venue and joining instructions in line with the prevailing COVID-19 restrictions. An option to join the tribunal virtually will also be made available.

At the end of the hearings the tribunal will issue a judgement within 21 days. The judgement may be the subject of a further appeal. By choosing to pursue the case under Church law (Canons) this does not prevent either Rev Dolley-Major or Rev Booysen from pursuing this matter in the criminal courts in the future, if they wish to do so.

For further details of the process followed to date by the ACSA please see our media statement of 24 March 2021 which can be viewed here.

We assure all of those involved on both sides of this case of our prayers, pastoral support and long-standing commitment as we seek guidance and truth in this matter.

We will continue to communicate progress on this matter.

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Feedback on the Lent course

To all our dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ

Provincial Lent Course 2021

We hope the Lent course,  Living Holy and Healthy Relationships,  provided you and your parishioners with food for thought.  Not an easy topic but one that is essential to preach the Gospel into such situations and continue to have the conversations.  In the spirit of ongoing conversation and ministry, we would appreciate feedback from the course.

All feedback would be relevant whether it is around content or layout, time management or insight.   Perhaps you even have ideas how to take this forward?

Please send comments to Canon Cynthia Botha as Secretary to the Liturgical Committee  at  publish@anglicanchurchsa.org.za

God’s grace and presence be with you and all you serve as you journey to Easter

The Revd Paul Germond, Canon Cynthia Botha, Revd Diana Lawrenson  and Fabian Oliver

St Francis Church, Parkview, Diocese of Johannesburg  

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Covid-19 update on funerals

The Provincial Covid-19 Advisory Team has issued a special supplementary update to its guidelines, dealing specifically with funerals in the case of Covid-19 related deaths in South Africa.

Download the new update below:

Download the full guidelines, issued on March 18, below:

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Safe Church update on case of the Revd June Major

Statement regarding progress in the investigation of the alleged rape of Reverend June Major as reported to Safe and Inclusive Church

The report of the Board of Preliminary Enquiry is scheduled to be published on Thursday 1 April 2021

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) remains committed to its work of mission and ministry to speak truth, fight for justice and care for the vulnerable and marginalised.

Gender Based Violence remains a scourge in our communities and is abhorrent to ACSA and other members of wider society . It is deeply saddening to witness the pain and experience of any victim or survivor of Gender Based Violence (GBV). For ACSA, it is especially sensitive to the pain of the Rev. June Major as reported to Safe and Inclusive Church. Safe Church was set up to assist members in finding support and compassion in the journey to seeking redress for all forms of alleged abuse by any minister of our church.

Overview:

The Rev. Major reported the matter formally under the Church Laws (Canons), to the Safe and Inclusive (SIC) Commission on 8 July 2020.

Subsequently, a Team from the Commission shortly after receiving the complaint was assigned to investigate the matter and based on its discernment, determine the way forward.

Following a meeting with two members of the Commission on 5 October 2020 a charge sheet (Articles of Presentment) was prepared to enable the matter to be brought before a tribunal of the church.

A Board of Preliminary Enquiry (BPE) was appointed on 14 December 2020 with the task of establishing if a prima facie case existed. The Board had 21 working days to complete their work and report to the responsible Bishop, who was then required to distribute the report to all parties and outline the next steps, including allowing the right of reply.

The BPE completed its work and the report was submitted to the Bishop on 15 January 2021. The Bishop then had some time to review the report but unfortunately contracted COVID for which he was hospitalised.

The Bishop subsequently distributed the report to all the parties by 1February 2021.

The Accused then had 14 working days in which to respond to the findings and recommendations of the BPE report. On receipt of the report, the attorneys of the Accused raised a number of issues which had to be addressed. The Canons make provision for delays in days to respond and the matters were finally settled on 4 March 2021.

As such the Accused in this matter has 14 (fourteen) working days to respond to the BPE and the final date for his response is Thursday 25 March, 2021. This information was shared with all parties.

The report, as well as any subsequent decisions that may be required, will now become a matter of public record and is scheduled to be posted on the Church website on Thursday 1 April 2021. Should the report find there is a case to answer, a tribunal will be held in public sessions, mindful of the COVID restrictions.

We assure all of those involved on both sides of this case of our prayers, pastoral support and long-standing commitment as we seek guidance and truth in this matter.

We will continue to communicate progress on this matter.

For any further queries please contact safechurches@anglicanchurchsa.org.za

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Latest Covid-19 guidelines – March 18

Download the latest Covid-19 guidelines, issued by the Archbishop’s Provincial Covid-19 Advisory Team, on March 18, 2021.