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George Diocese delegates election of new bishop

Kindly be informed that the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of George has delegated the election of its new Bishop to the Synod of Bishops.

Please keep the Diocese and the Synod of Bishops in your prayers.

Sincerely in Christ,

THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer

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Namibia elects new Bishop

The Archbishop and Metropolitan has received news from the Dean of the Province, Bishop Stephen Diseko, that after the eighth ballot, the Revd Patrick Djuulume was elected as Bishop of Namibia to succeed Bishop Luke Pato.

Please pray for the Bishop-elect, his wife, Hilma Johanes Djuulume, their family and the Diocese as they prepare for his consecration.

The Revd Canon Dr Makhosi Nzimande

Provincial Executive Officer

he Dean of the Province, Bishop Stephen Diseko of Matlosane, presided at the Elective Assembly.
Bishop-elect Patrick Djuulume of Namibia
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Candidates for Diocese of George Elective Assembly

The Metropolitan has received the following four names from the Chairperson of the Elective Assembly Discernment Committee, Bishop Margaret Vertue, and the Chairperson of the Elective Assembly Advisory Committee, Mr Chris Pyler, to be presented as candidates at the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of George on 6th & 7th May.

The Very Revd Isaac Josephs

The Revd Stafford Moses

The Venerable Edwin Pockpass

The Revd Canon Jerome Prins

We ask you to please pray for them, their families and the Diocese of George.

The Revd Canon Dr Makhosi Nzimande

Provincial Executive Officer

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Candidates for Diocese of Namibia Elective Assembly

The Metropolitan has received the following four names from the Chairperson of the Elective Assembly Discernment Committee, Bishop Raphael Hess, and the Chairperson of the Elective Assembly Advisory Committee, Mr Matthew Nghihangwa, to be presented as candidates at the Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Namibia on 29th and 30th April:

The Revd Patrick Djuulume

The Venerable Canon Nangula Kathindi

The Revd Linea Peingodjabi Haufiku-Mukete

The Venerable Taarah Shalyefu

We ask you to please pray for them, their families and the Diocese of Namibia.

The Revd Canon Dr Makhosi Nzimande

Provincial Executive Officer

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Update to ACSA Covid guidelines – April 5, 2022

Following changes to Covid regulations in South Africa with effect from April 5, 2022, the Archbishop’s Covid Advisory Team has updated its guidelines for Anglicans.

The three-page document is available below, for reading online or downloading (scroll to the end to download).

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Planning for Provincial Standing Committee begins

Preparations are under way for this year’s meeting of the Provincial Standing Committee (PSC), which will again be held virtually.

PSC will take place from September 28-30, and will follow the Lambeth Conference, the world-wide meeting of Anglican bishops, which will be held in Canterbury, UK, from July 26 to August 8.

The PSC Service Committee, which plans the annual meetings of the top Provincial body between Provincial Synods, met recently and set a deadline for June 20 for the Province’s various committees and ministries to send in their reports.

PSC comprises a lay and clergy representative from each Diocese, as well as the Bishops of the Province.

[Photo: Some of the members of the PSC Service Committee at its recent meeting.]
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Safe Church publishes updated guidelines for licensed ministers

ACSA’s Safe and Inclusive Church Commission has published an updated explanation of the Declaration that all licensed office-holders and clergy in the Church are now required to sign before they can exercise ministry.

The new explanation updates the previous version with detailed practical steps and costs involved in completing the Declaration.

The explanation can be found on this page:
https://anglicanchurchsa.org/safe-church-guide/

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DANCING IN THE NET OF GOD’S LOVE – Synod of Bishops

A Communiqué of the Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

[Download a PDF copy below the text]

The Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa was held from 14 to 17 February 2022, linking Bishopscourt and Diocesan Centres through video conferencing.

At the Opening Eucharist, the Rt Revd Dale Bowers, Bishop of St Helena, preached a powerful and thought-provoking homily on the Dance of the Trinity. This dance, which is a sign of God’s love, is for us, in us and working through us, embracing us in a mutual love that will not allow humanity to be destroyed but will rather restore hope to the world.

The Synod gave a special welcome to the Bishops-Elect of Mthatha and Mbhashe, to the Vicars-General of George, Namibia and Swaziland, and to the recently-consecrated Bishop of Lesotho, the Rt Revd Dr Vicentia Kgabe. Bishop-Elect Dalcy Dlamini was on retreat ahead of her Consecration and Installation on February 19.

Synod recognised that ACSA has taken a different shape as the result of the formation of a new Province for Angola and Mozambique.

The Death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

We acknowledged with great gratitude the life and witness of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, whose remains are interred in St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town. The Synod sent a letter of condolence and comfort to Mama Leah Tutu OSC.

Canons and Church Order

The Synod was led by its legal officers in an informative reflection on the Canons, in particular those on Ministerial Conduct and Discipline. This gave us valuable working knowledge of the Canons in what has become a highly litigious environment.

Liturgical Committee

The report of the Liturgical Committee was received. Permission was granted to co-opt new members to work on the new Prayer Book. The Committee will give motivations for which Collects and Readings should be included. A progress report will be published on the Provincial website to enable all to engage.

Theological Education and the College Of The Transfiguration

Following a presentation by the Liaison Bishop for Theological Education, Synod recognised the importance of adhering to minimum theological qualifications for entry into Holy Orders.

Synod urged each Diocese to consider sending at least one student per year to COTT in order to keep the College viable as a vital cog in the ongoing mission of our Province.

The Archbishop’s Commission on Theological Education

The Commission’s report, entitled Take Thou Authority was presented by Prof Barney Pityana. Synod will hold a special sitting to engage with the report, reflecting our concern at the current crisis and our unequivocal commitment to excellence in Theological Education and Ministerial Formation.

Training and Development

Our February sessions customarily include input which helps us exercise our episcopal leadership more effectively. This year the Revd Fred Hendricks gave us daily addresses on Contemplative Prayer and Dr Palesa Makhale-Mahlangu gave us inspiring psychological insights and tools to help us prepare for retirement.

Theological and Pastoral Matters

The dance in the net of God’s love invited us to wrestle with a range of important Pastoral and Theological matters facing the Church, including the sacraments of Eucharist and Marriage and the issue of who are fit and proper people to exercise ministry.

Lay Presidency of the Eucharist: The newly-revived Southern African Anglican Theological Commission (SAATC) brought to Synod a report on the question of lay people presiding at the Eucharist in emergencies. The SAATC will facilitate a study of the matter and present a progress report to Synod.

Receipt of the Eucharist in One Kind: Restrictions imposed as a result of Covid-19 have revived debate around the efficacy and sufficiency of receiving the Eucharist in one kind. At present Communion in one kind only is permissible. When the Sacrament of the Blood of Christ is again available, only the common cup will be allowed. Bishops were urged to use this opportunity to teach the faithful on Eucharistic Theology.

Marriage: The Synod is hearing of confusion among the faithful around the issue of traditional marriages. Synod recognised that the Church needs to educate its people against the backdrop of Canon 34 on Holy Matrimony.

Isangoma: Synod deliberated on the issue of clergy who are embracing traditional practices such as training to be a diviner (Isangoma) and claiming that this is a call from the ancestors. The issue will be investigated before being further discussed by Synod.

Theological & Pastoral Framework for Ministry to LGBTIQ+ Community: The Bishops took a step towards adopting the Pastoral Standards as outlined in the 2019 Report by the Human Sexuality Commission. Guidelines will be presented at our next meeting to be adopted and presented to Dioceses.

Covid 19 Advisory Team

Synod urged all congregations to embrace and implement the guidelines produced by the Archbishop’s Advisory Team to guide us through the pandemic. In South Africa, the prohibitions embodied in the team’s guidelines are intertwined with government regulations and are therefore mandatory.

Safe Church Matters

Canon Rosalie Manning reminded Synod of the importance of compliance with Safe Church requirements, pointing out that failure to do so leaves ACSA exposed to legal consequences. Bishops were encouraged to ensure that their Dioceses have submitted Safe Church declarations.

Growing the Church

The new Director of Growing the Church, the Revd Bruce Woolley, encouraged the Bishops to advertise widely GtC’s online events and pointed to the availability of facilitators and resources, including Rooted in Jesus and Alpha courses.

Youth Report

Synod received a comprehensive framework for the spiritual development of children and the youth. Bishops were encouraged to workshop the material in the framework in their Dioceses.

The Environment

Environmental concerns were highlighted and referred to the relevant Liaison Bishop.

Task Team on Discrimination in Schools

Synod received a report from the Task Team, which is chaired by Ms Mary Metcalfe, and its work is ongoing.

Re-Imagining ACSA

An external team of facilitators invited the Bishops to reflect on their ministry with a view to identifying which model of church prevails in each of their Dioceses, using the categories identified by the American Jesuit theologian, Avery Dulles: Institutional; Herald; Servant; Sacrament; and Body of Christ. Against that background, Bishops were challenged to consider how they should take advantage of this special moment that God is giving us in the pandemic.

In Conclusion

While we feel intensely the loss of being in each other’s company, the Bishops engaged enthusiastically through electronic media, using with dexterity the “mute”, “unmute” and “camera” buttons for their deliberations and successfully forming a virtual community. The Archbishop was an ever-present virtual facilitator of proceedings.

We thank God for our fellowship and commend our work to Anglicans in our Dioceses of Lesotho, Namibia, St Helena, South Africa and Swaziland (in Eswatini).

February 17, 2022

[The communique was updated on February 22 by the addition of the note on the work of the Task Team on Discrimination in Schools]

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New ACSA Covid guidelines – Feb 11, 2022

The Archbishop’s Covid Advisory Team has issued new guidelines for Anglicans in Southern Africa, dealing with wide-ranging matters, from receiving Communion to holding Vestry meetings, and from how to arrange Ash Wednesday services to celebrating weddings and holding funerals.

The 13-page guidelines are available below, for reading online or downloading (scroll to the end to download).

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Church Interrupted? Or Church Reset? What Will the Post-Covid Church Look Like?

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Vacancy: Rector, College of Transfiguration

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Memorial Services for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

The following memorial services have been announced in celebration of the life of our Archbishop Emeritus:

This list will be updated as new details are finalised

  • The City of Cape Town will host an Interfaith Memorial Service at 6pm on Wednesday, 29 December. They will announce full details themselves.
  • Diocese of Cape Town, a memorial Eucharist service on Thursday, 30 December at 11am at the Church of the Resurrection, Bonteheuwel.
  • The Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation will host an event in Cape Town on Thursday, 30 December in the evening.
  • The Diocese of Saldanha Bay, St Oswald’s Church in Milnerton will be holding a service of Evening Prayer at 6:30pm each evening until Saturday, 1 January 2022; St Oswald’s has been the parish church of the Tutu family since Archbishop Tutu’s retirement.
  • Diocese of Saldanha Bay, will hold an Ecumenical and Interfaith Requiem Mass including the LBGTIQ+ Community at St Oswald’s Church in Milnerton on Thursday,30 December at 7pm, after Evening Prayer.
  • The Diocese of the Free State will hold a thanksgiving service at St Peter’s Rocklands in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, 29 December at 9am.
  • Diocese of Mpumalanga: A memorial service will be held at St Peter’s Anglican Church at Kwa-Guqa in Emalahleni on Wednesday at 10am.
  • Free State: A thanksgiving service at Church of Grace Thabong in Welkom on Thursday, 30 December at 12pm.
  • The Diocese of the Highveld will have an Ecumenical Eucharist at 5pm on Wednesday, 29 December at St Dunstan’s Cathedral in Benoni.
  • The Diocese of Mzimvubu is arranging a thanksgiving service at St Saviour’s Cathedral Parish, Flagstaff on Thursday, 30 December at 9am.
  • The Diocese of George will have the following services:
    • Friday, 31 December at 12pm: parishes throughout the Diocese will have a Requiem Mass.
    • Saturday, 8 January 2022 at 10am: Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at St Marks Cathedral George.
  • The Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman will be having an Ecumenical Thanksgiving service at St Cyprian’s Cathedral in Kimberley at 10am on Thursday, 30 December.
  • The Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist will host an Ecumenical Service at Christ Church Cathedral in Polokwane on Thursday, 30 December at 10am.
  • The Diocese of Pretoria will hold an ecumenical and interfaith service at 11am on Thursday, 30 December at St Albans Cathedral in Pretoria. They will announce full details themselves.
  • The Diocese of Johannesburg will also hold a memorial service in St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg at 11am on Thursday, 30 December. They will announce full details themselves.
  • Johannesburg: There will be a midday prayer and laying of flowers with the bishop, dean and mayor at Soweto Tutu House on Wednesday, 20 December at 12pm.
  • Johannesburg: A Requiem Mass will be held at St Michael and All Angels, Weltevreden Park on Wednesday, 29 December at 5pm.
  • Johannesburg: There will be a thanksgiving mass with Bishop Steve Moreo at Holy Cross Anglican Church, Soweto on Friday, 31 December at 9am.
  • The Diocese of Lesotho will host a thanksgiving memorial on Thursday, 30 December at 2pm at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St James in Maseru.
  • The Diocese of Port Elizabeth: St Mary’s Cathedral in Gqeberha will hold a memorial service at 10am on Friday, 31 December.
  • Diocese of Zululand: The Cathedral of St Michael’s and All Angels in Eshowe will be hosting an ecumenical thanksgiving service on Friday, 31 December at 10am.
  • Diocese of Matlosana: On Thursday, 30 December at 10am the Diocese of Matlosane, City Council of Matlosana, Northwest Government and interfaith communities will be assembling at the Archbishop Desmond’s birthplace for prayers and the laying of wreaths. There will then be a procession (weather permitting) from his birthplace to the Matlosana Auditorium where Memorial Service will take place starting at 12pm.
  • On Friday, 31 December, the Diocese of Matlosana has arranged for a Requiem Mass in his honor and thanksgiving for his life and ministry.
  • The Diocese of St Helena will have our memorial service, where all denominations will be in attendance, on Thursday, 30 December at 10:30am at St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • The Diocese of Khahlamba will have a memorial service on Friday, 31 December at the Cathedral Parish of St Michael’s and All Angels from 10am to 12pm.
  • Diocese of Christ the King
  • Wednesday 29th December – 12 noon – a Requiem Mass at  Church of the Transfiguration, Eldorado Park with  the Ecumenical Fraternal.
  • Thursday 30th December – 12 noon – Interfaith Service at Christ the Saviour, Lenasia
  • Friday 31st December – 12 noon – a community service at St Cyprians, Sharpeville with those who suffered major atrocities by the apartheid government.
  • A memorial will be held at Westminster Abbey in London in the next three months, at a date to be confirmed by the Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
  • IGREJA ANGLICANA DE MOZAMBIQUE E ANGOLA (IAMA)

 Each of the 12 dioceses will hold a Diocesan Memorial on Friday 10 AM Mozambique time  and 9 AM Angola time. On Saturday between 6:30 and 8:00 AM all parishes and Pastoral Charges will celebrate a Parochial Memorial Mass in the IAMA. Bishop Dinis will preach at the one in Maputo before traveling to CapeTown.  Holding you in our prayers. 

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Diocese of Mthatha elects new Bishop

The Ven Jemuel Thembinkosi Ngombane is the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Mthatha.

Archdeacon Ngombane was elected on the first ballot at an Elective Assembly of the Diocese today. He was one of three candidates.

Please pray for Archdeacon Ngombane, his wife Nomathemba and their wider family as they prepare for his Consecration and Installation.

Sincerely in Christ,

THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer

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VACANCY – Diocesan Secretary, Zululand

The Anglican Diocese of Zululand is advertising the post of Diocesan Secretary.

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Diocese of Mbhashe elects new Bishop

The Very Revd Mluleki Fikizolo, Dean of Mbhashe, has been chosen as the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese.

He was elected on the third ballot at an Elective Assembly of the Diocese today. He was one of six candidates nominated.

Please pray for Dean Fikizolo, his family and the Diocese as they prepare for his Consecration and Installation.

Sincerely in Christ,

THE REVD DR MAKHOSI NZIMANDE
Provincial Executive Officer