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Death of Mrs Emma Mashinini

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs Emma Mashinini, Order of Simon of Cyrene, of the Diocese of Pretoria who passed away yesterday.

Please hold her family and close friends in prayer during their time of bereavement and beyond.

May her soul rest in eternal peace to rise in glory.

 

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Archbishop Thabo’s ministry to Madiba

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is to publish a memoir in October, recalling his upbringing and early ministry – and ending with an account of his prayer ministry with Nelson Mandela for the last five years of the stateman’s life.

The memoir – entitled “Faith and Courage: Praying with Mandela” – will be published by Tafelberg.

He discussed the book with Anglican World, the magazine published by the Anglican Communion Office in London, in its latest edition.

Further details of the book will be posted on this site when available from Tafelberg. Anglican World is available here.

 

 

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News update 30 June

ACSA NEWS 30 JUNE

GLOBAL NEWS
New unity scheme proposes Methodist bishops and ‘anomalous’ priests
http://ow.ly/60cP30dasA3

Northern California youth trek centered on racial reconciliation, environmental justice
http://ow.ly/Acuk30dasBU

Indigenous council wants national reconciliation ‘inventory’
http://ow.ly/893T30dasEM

Scottish Episcopal Church elects pro-gay marriage bishop as its new leader
http://ow.ly/s0c030dasIg

As Anglicans point fingers in sex abuse scandal, George Carey quits honorable role
http://ow.ly/X1nc30dasLq

Most Anglicans in UK See ‘Nothing Wrong’ With Premarital Sex, Gay Relationships Despite Church Doctrine
http://ow.ly/9oMa30dasNS

NZ Anglicans should not decide Christ Church Cathedral future – poll
http://ow.ly/L8ri30dasQD

Vatican calls on China to let bishop exercise his ministry
http://ow.ly/8to230dasTF

AFRICA NEWS
New Anglican Bishop enthroned in Ekiti, says there is hope for Nigeria
http://ow.ly/P3jL30dasYR

Young Anglicans in Malawi raise money for people with disabilities
http://ow.ly/YxkO30dat1B

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry plants trees of hope with Zimbabwean bishops
http://ow.ly/4vhK30dat3q

Bishop says Africa.Canadian dialogue a mdoel for whole Communion
http://ow.ly/w9dL30datgt

 

SOUTHERN AFRICA NEWS
A special blessing at St Michaels Bryanston
http://ow.ly/A5Qy30dato6

 

Getting creative with plastic in Swaziland for the sake of the environment
http://ow.ly/Ky4230dats

 

 

Loraine Tulleken
journalist ● editor ● author ● social media content

www.lorainetulleken.com
http://lorainetullekenblog.blogspot.co.za/

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A Refugee Day Statement

June 20 is a Special Day of Prayer for Refugees.

 

Anglican Alliance in joint ecumenical statement for World Refugee Day http://ow.ly/LglE30cRdkt

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Pray for Provincial Standing Committee

Please pray for Provincial Standing Committee to be held from 27-29 September 2017.

 

Eternal God,

Your Son sent out the twelve to proclaim the Kingdom and to heal:

send your Spirit to empower your Church today

to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom,

to bring healing where there is distress, and

to equip our generation for worship, witness and service,

that the world may know that you have sent us;

for you reign in glory as Creator, Redeemer and Power of love,

one God, now and always.

Amen

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News Update June 18

ACSA NEWS JUNE 18

 

INTERNATIONAL

Pope Francis says farewell to director of Rome’s Anglican Centre

http://ow.ly/w6my30cGApY

 Former doctor in New Zealand to return there as a bishop

http://ow.ly/s1I430cGALE

 For first female priest, faith is family business

http://ow.ly/ROM630cGBcQ

 An iconic Norfolk church aims to bend, but not break, in the face of sea level rise

http://ow.ly/iUzj30cGBvn

 Scottish Episcopal Church Amends Denomination Law to Include Same-Sex Marriages

http://ow.ly/aPnf30cGBG2

 Anglicans should not decide Christ Church Cathedral future – poll 

http://ow.ly/6SOh30cGCcG

 Ramadan in Perth: Anglican church hosts Friday prayers for Muslims

http://ow.ly/6iWw30cGCpg

 Member of indigenous community is first woman to be ordained in Guyana

http://ow.ly/1E2K30cGCDL

 Church of England parish at heart of relief efforts following London inferno

http://ow.ly/9lf030cGCJ1

 

 AFRICA

Anglican Church playing key role in tackling malaria in southern Africa

http://ow.ly/sFnc30cGCP8

 New appeal to fund women as ‘agents of change’

http://ow.ly/e2nj30cGD25

  

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Sophiatown’s wise celebrated at Christ the King Anglican Church

http://randburgsun.co.za/322826/sophiatowns-wise-celebrated/

  

GENERAL

Director for Finance and Resources vacancy at Anglican Communion Office

http://ow.ly/1hBK30cGC08

 WCC encourages renewed climate efforts after US withdrawal

http://ow.ly/Id4T30cGCWd

 

 

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Survey for Feedback on Celebrating Sunday Trial Use

Revising APB 1989  Update #12

A Prayer Book for Southern Africa Tomorrow – Today

Under Southern Skies – In an African Voice

Celebrating Sunday

On-line Survey of the Trial Use Period

Eastertide 2017: 16 April-4 June 2017

Greetings in the name of the risen Christ!

On behalf of the Secretariat of the Anglican Prayer Book Revision Sub-committee we trust that you are well and whole-heartedly commend you to God’s life-giving Spirit this season of Pentecost!

As you know, parishes throughout ACSA were encouraged to make use of materials from Celebrating Sunday during Eastertide by identifying “trial use parishes” in which the new liturgies could be used. Hopefully you have been able to experiment with the new liturgy and the time has come to ask for your feedback. This will help the Prayer Book Revision Sub-committee, and others involved, move forward in continuing to shape the new liturgy.

Below are two links to online surveys on the survey platform Survey Monkey. The first is a link to the “Rectors” survey and the second to the “Congregational” survey.

We would like to hear from everyone and anyone who used or had experience of Celebrating Sunday.

Rectors, Worship Leaders, Musicians, etc., are invited to use this link to access the short survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NJDFNGS

Parishioners, worshippers and anyone who has exeprienced Celebrating Sunday ‘from the pew’ are invited to use this link to access the short  Congregational survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W6P2BWY

The surveys will take a few minutes to complete and the data gathered will greatly assist the Prayer Book revision process. The survey wull close on 30 June 2017.

Thank you for supporting this important work in the life of God’s Church.

This Update was prepared by the Prayer Book Revision Secretariat:

The Reverend Ashley Meyer, Rector, Holy Trinity, Bothasig, Diocese of Saldanha Bay

The Very Mcebisi Pinyana, Dean of Mthatha

The Reverend Matthew Wright, Rector, St Paul’s Scottburgh, Diocese of Natal

The Revd Andy Kruger, Priest-in-Charge, Trinity Church, Cranford, Diocese of New Jersey, USA

The Very Reverend Bruce Jenneker, Rector, All Saints, Durbanville, Senior Priest of the Diocese of Saldanha Bay

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News Update

WORLDWIDE

Anglicans and Roman Catholics agree statement on ecclesiology

http://ow.ly/qfea30c9Dfe

 

Catholic and Anglican archbishops to play historic joint role in Ireland’s first beatification

http://ow.ly/fbzc30c9MPn

 

Episcopalians, Methodists propose full-communion agreement

http://ow.ly/aJb730c9GLy

 

Church of Scotland to apologise to gay people, moves to accept same-sex marriage

Church of Scotland to apologise to gay people, moves to accept same-sex marriage

 

‘Please help stop these people starving to death’ Archbishop aide pleads for Anglicans to act against famine

http://ow.ly/OlXv30c9K0y

 

AFRICA

Anglican Church playing key role in tackling malaria in southern Africa

http://ow.ly/AvNS30c9Bi5

 

Water access in Zimbabwe key theme at roundtable discussion

http://ow.ly/DymM30c9BRP

 

Disadvantaged communities in Burundi given major boost by Mothers’ Union

http://ow.ly/2pEx30c9Cu3

 

“Urgency” to capture next generation spurs on plans for Anglican University in South Sudan

http://ow.ly/Cjmw30c9CKb

 

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Reformation is ‘GPS’ for next 500 years

Reformation is ‘GPS’ for next 500 years, says S. African Anglican leader in Luther’s town

A report from the World Council of Churches

May 29, 2017

The Reformation was a defining moment 500 years ago but can also serve as an inspiration for the next five centuries, South African Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has told tens of thousands of people at the German Protestant Kirchentag, or church festival.

“It is impossible to overstate the contribution of Martin Luther to that part of the world influenced by Europe and its thought,” said Makgoba, in a sermon at a 28 May service at Wittenberg, the town celebrated worldwide as the place where Luther’s Reformation began, when in 1517 he denounced church abuses in his 95 Theses.

Luther’s questioning of authority “mobilized millions, in an unstoppable movement, to embrace the right to participate,” said Archbishop Makgoba at the open-air service that concluded the 24-28 May Kirchentag and inaugurated a “Reformation summer” of activities in Wittenberg.

Organized every two years, the Kirchentag this year coincided with the Reformation anniversary and brought more than 100,000 people to Berlin, many making the 90-kilometre journey to the Reformation service on the banks of the river Elbe, just outside Wittenberg.

Interpreted in today’s context, the Reformation “can become our guide, our inspirational GPS, our global positioning system for the next 500 years,” continued Makgoba, who became archbishop of Cape Town in 2007.

Behind the stage where Makgoba was preaching could be seen the tower of Wittenberg’s Castle Church, where Luther is said to have nailed his 95 Theses on 31 October 1517, setting in train the events that would lead to the emergence of Protestant churches.

People had started to gather on the banks of the river Elbe the previous evening, where they joined in prayer with the ecumenical Taizé community in a “night of lights” of candles lit as the sun went down.

Makgoba challenged young people in particular “to hear the cries of others and of the planet as God would,” and to take action, “for love’s sake, dignity’s sake, for freedom’s sake, for Christ’s sake.”

He described how Germany in the Nazi era and South Africa under apartheid had “histories of unspeakable cruelty but they are also histories of God’s unfailing faithfulness.”

Worshippers included German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a Protestant who is a past member of the Kirchentag’s presidium. Addressing participants, he recalled how the Reformation had reinforced faith but the divisions between Christian traditions it entailed had also led to suffering and misery, hatred and violence.

However, he continued, “the fellowship we now experience between Christian traditions would have been difficult to imagine even half a century ago.”

After 500 years of division between Protestants and Roman Catholics, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, who heads the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), said in a closing message, “we now want to share with each other the whole richness of our traditions.”

Founded in 1949 by Protestant lay people in Germany to strengthen democratic culture after the Nazi dictatorship and the Second World War, the Kirchentag has gained European and global reach in recent decades.

Many of the 2,000 events during the Kirchentag involved representatives of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and its member churches from several continents.

“In this year marking the 500th anniversary of the events of the Reformation, the Kirchentag is one of the milestones of our pilgrimage of justice and peace that motivates us to discover in these past events resources that help transform the world,” commented WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. “This discovery is both the true meaning of grace and the true meaning of faith.” – WCC

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Archbishop preaches at 500th anniversary of Reformation

“Obama and Makgoba to visit Germany for 500th Reformation anniversary.”

That is how the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and its annual “Kirchentag” festival headlined their announcement that they had invited Archbishop Thabo to preach at the culmination of this year’s celebrations in Wittenberg, the university town in which Martin Luther sparked the Reformation 500 years ago.

The organisers say they expect 100,000 people at the festive service, which will be held on Sunday May 28 in a meadow the size of 50 football fields on the banks of the River Elbe outside Wittenberg.

Ahead of the service, on Ascension Day, former president Barack Obama will join Chancellor Angela Merkel, an observant Christian, for a discussion on “Being Involved in Democracy: Taking on Responsibility Locally and Globally”. It will be held at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Announcing the participation of President Obama and Archbishop Thabo, the EKD and the festival noted that the United States was “strongly marked by the Reformation and its historical impact.”

The president of the Kirchentag, Professor Christina Aus der Au, added: “Protestantism has not remained a European affair – it has shaped societies and nations all over the world. We are thrilled that Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has agreed to preach at the Festive Service, coming as he does from a country that has a very intensive history of Protestantism.”

The chair of the EKD’s council, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, added: “Thabo Makgoba has become an example for many people, not only in Africa. This due to the passion with which he so authentically and visibly lives out his Christian faith in a country that is rich and yet deeply divided. We can really look forward to his sermon.”

In another honour for African Christians recently, a Nigerian Lutheran bishop, Archbishop Dr. Musa Panti Filibus, was elected as the 13th president of Lutheran World Federation. The global communion of Lutheran churches held its assembly in Namibia earlier this month.

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Celebrating the Arts in the Context of the Christian Faith

By Samantha Carolus
Spiritfest runs throughout the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown from 29 June to 9 July, celebrating the Arts in the context of the Christian faith with an array of new items along with the familiar favourite performances and events. Spiritfest continues to grow, with more Christian denominations involved this year than before.

New this year are a multi-media service ‘Under African Skies’, which will feature choral music and hymns from South Africa and beyond our borders, accompanied by lively, evocative images of the African landscape projected on a large screen.

The two Sundays of the Festival will see special Festival services in a variety of churches: A Unity Mass at which the congregations of four local Catholic churches will come together to worship; a Jazz Mass at the Cathedral,  a Festival service at the Every Nation Church, and on the last Sunday of the Festival Bishop Andile Mbete of the Grahamstown Methodist District will lead a Procession of Witness down the High Street with choir and musicians, culminating in a Festival Service in Commemoration Church.

Spiritfest favourites which return this year include the Lucernarium, a service of candlelight and plainsong, St Michael’s Marimbas, 40 Stones in the Wall Group Exhibition- with book reading of  ‘The Bear Who Stepped Up’ by Hilary Murdoch, Winter School, Guided Meditation and Prayer as well as an Open Mic session for poetry lovers.

Music this year will bring the likes of the Grahamstown Circuit Choir conducted by Siyabulela Lali and Reuben Maselwa, and a Stephen Holder Organ Recital titled: ‘Mystery, Modes and Grace’. Singer song-writers and capella musicians are invited to perform Acoustic and Unplugged at two Open Mic evenings.

The Spiritfest Winter School, ‘Faith and Resistance’, will feature lectures, discussions and book launches with the theme ‘#must fall’, looking at aspects of the struggle for freedom and justice from the perspective of Christian faith. Father Anthony Egan SJ will lecture on ‘The Ethics of Protest’, while Zuko Blauw and Sister Aloysia Zellman will lecture on ‘Sister Aidan lives on’.

The Revd Dr Barney Pityana will speak about Steve Biko’s faith, and  Lindsay Kelland will be talking about ‘Recovering from Rape Together’. Book launches of ‘The Road to Emmaus’ by Chris Mann and ‘The Book of Joy’ by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama will take place, and a panel discussion, ‘Faith and #must fall’ will be led by Christian students and student leaders. Fitting into the same theme will be a dramatic reading: ‘Bonhoeffer’, about the German pastor who was executed for his part in a plot to kill Hitler.

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Archbishop of Canterbury’s Call to Prayer

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Call to Prayer

The ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative, is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s call to prayer for the entire Anglican Communion, starting on Thursday, Ascension Day (25 May), and running until Pentecost (4 June).

 We hope that as many church and individuals as possible will participate in this important time of prayer. Please note that there are numerous resources available on the Thy Kingdom Come website: www.thykingdomcome.global. The resources are categorized for churches/cathedrals, individuals, and families and young people.

 If you decide to participate in this initiative, please do not forget to pledge your commitment and let your ‘light shine’ on the global map of prayer at www.thykingdomcome.global/#Pledge2PrayCounter

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News Update 15 May

NEWS 15 MAY

 INTERNATIONAL

(UK) Anglican church congregation numbers have ‘stabilised’

http://ow.ly/Prir30bIJI3

 

Australian church may sell some assets to pay abuse victims

http://ow.ly/k9DG30bIJMV

  

Anglican orders not ‘invalid’ says cardinal, opening way for revision of current Catholic position

http://ow.ly/4vFa30bIJP2

  

Region’s largest Anglican church being built in Abu Dhabi

http://ow.ly/58NJ30bIJZq

  

Church once in conflict now a symbol of renewal

http://ow.ly/ybGB30bIKfO

  

The Trump family has picked a new school for Barron: Report

http://ow.ly/QYiW30bIKsA

  

Conservatives call Justin Welby a heretic

http://ow.ly/9ILb30bILbG

  

Justin Welby avoids own goal in trip to Holy Land

http://ow.ly/hDCY30bILrh

  

Central New York bishop finds her spiritual centre atop a motorcycle

http://ow.ly/V1Im30bILvY

 

AFRICAN NEWS

Disadvantaged communities in Burundi given major boost by Mothers’ Union

http://ow.ly/xcim30bIKcD 

 

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Apply now for education grants under RSTWT

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

The deadline for this year’s applications is July 31, 2017.  However, applications for other assistance from the Trust can be made throughout the year.

Applications have to be submitted to Bishopscourt, endorsed by the Bishop of the Diocese in which the clergy applying for a grant are licensed.

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:

2017 – 18 application

Page 4 Education 2017 – 18

 

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Celebrating Sunday Eastertide Material

Eastertide Material

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