In my capacities as Chairperson of the College of the Transfiguration and Acting Metropolitan during the Archbishop’s sabbatical leave, I am pleased to announce that the Reverend Dr Percy Chinganga has been appointed Rector and Principal of the College.
Dr Chinganga is at present Dean of Studies at the College. Please pray for him and his wife, Tendai, as he takes up his new appointment.
The Right Revd Stephen DisekoDean of the Province andBishop of Matlosane
The Provincial Task Team on Discrimination in Anglican Church Schools was called for at the Provincial Synod and instituted by the Archbishop shortly thereafter.
The Task Team has consulted widely and has presented preliminary reports on its progress on three different occasions to either Synod of Bishops or the Provincial Synod of last year.
The Task Team is now in the process of concluding its work and wishes to present its findings to the Bishops and to involve the Bishops in some important reflections which will help to finalise its recommendations.
Please note that the Task Team will conduct a webinar on June 7, 2022. Should you wish to give inputs on this matter, please forward your representations to Diocesan offices for the attention of those responsible for the education portfolio in the Diocese and the Bishop.
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 31st, 2022.
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 only: email@example.com
Grants do not cover the costs of clergy studies, 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:
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 NZIMANDEProvincial Executive Officer
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
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 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.
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).
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.
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/
A Communiqué of the Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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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