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Diocese of George calls for action on conflict & service delivery

Statement by the Right Revd Brian Marajh, Anglican Bishop of George

The Anglican Church in George has issued an urgent call to all leaders in the community to hold peaceful negotiations aimed at ending conflict over transport in the area and restoring proper service delivery.

In an open letter issued to the leaders, the Anglican Bishop of George, the Right Revd Brian Marajh, said:

“We are not prepared to sit by idly and allow the lives of the people of this community to be disrupted in the manner that has been seen over the past few days and weeks.”

He said leaders and civil servants “are in the employ of the people and should serve the interests of all the people, especially the poorest amongst the poor.”

St Mark’s Cathedral, George (Photo: Elizabeth Benn)

The full text of the open letter follows:

Open letter by the Leadership of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of George

We, the leadership of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of George in general and the Town of George in particular, note with concern:
1. The instability caused by happenings in the George Municipality against the background of reports on Investigations by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, and what can subsequently be described as instability in service delivery that has resulted in a spate of protest action in communities in and around George.

2. The crisis caused by the inability of authorities to deal with the ongoing saga between the Go-George bus services and Taxi Associations in rendering a service to the community of George, and the resulting inconvenience suffered by commuters. This has resulted in strained relationships between employees and employers and continues to cause damage to a frail and struggling local economy.

The proverb that states “When elephants fight, it is the grass and trees that suffer” comes to mind. Our leadership and other role-players in these events should be reminded that they depend on the toil and labour of the most vulnerable in society. The people of the region and town should be treated with respect and dignity, since they secure the profits and income of the town in general and these service providers in particular.

We therefore call on all parties concerned to:

1. Address these issues in an amicable manner through peaceful negotiations that will facilitate the provision of services to those most in need.

2. Realise that the Leadership of our Town and their employees as civil servants are in the employ of the people and should serve the interests of all the people, especially the poorest amongst the poor.

The people we refer to represent our constituent members as well of those of other faith-based organisations. We are not prepared to sit by idly and allow the lives of the people of this community to be disrupted in the manner that has been seen over the past few days and weeks.

We simply wish to afford you the opportunity to bring about redress. We are making an objective, non-partisan call on all involved to do what is best for our Town and its people.

We will continue to soak the situation in prayer and will issue this statement to be read in divine services throughout the Diocese of George.

We are more than willing to meet with you in your search for a sustainable and lasting solution to this crisis.

Be assured of our continued prayer support for all role-players.

Yours faithfully in his Master’s service

The Right Reverend Brian Melvin Marajh

Bishop of George

College of Transfiguration enters a new era!

The Province’s principal residential seminary, the College of Transfiguration (COTT) in the city of Makhanda in the Eastern Cape, has been granted its final registration with educational authorities.

South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training issued a certficate of registration for the college on July 10. In recent years, COTT has been operating under provisional registration.

The new certificate (below) confirms that COTT can award the Diploma in Theology, the Advanced Diploma in Ministry and the Bachelor of Theology degree.

“Good news! Christ is risen indeed!” commented Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, responding from the United States, where he has been attending the General Convention the The Episcopal Church. “Wow,” he added, “what a journey!”

Read about the College here: https://www.cott.co.za/

Our souls are being eaten away by hate speech – Bishop Steve Moreo of Joburg

[Diocese of Johannesburg] The souls of South Africans are slowly being eaten away by the hate speech of people like EFF leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu who have clearly embarked on an offensive of naked racism to harm the country.

So says the Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg, the Right Revd Dr Steve Moreo, in a statement released today and sent to the members of his diocese in Gauteng. He was commenting in particular on recent utterances by the EFF leaders against Indians.

Bishop Moreo / Julius Malema (Photo: Diocese of Johannesburg / Gary van der Merwe / Wikimedia)

“The comments that have been made are nothing more than hate speech – a political tool that is reminiscent of the most abhorrent racism of apartheid against which millions of South Africans fought to attain their freedom in 1994. The nature of their attacks is such that I fear we may be beginning to see a roll-back of the very freedoms for which great men and women of the struggle fought.”

The racism being peddled by Malema had become a cancer that was eating away at the rejuvenated healthy cells of ubuntu that had followed 1994. Great leaders such as Nelson Mandela had shown how a spirit of big-heartedness and reconciliation, of seeing people through the African eyes of ubuntu, could begin to craft a South African renaissance that had been the envy of the world for a while. But the hatred inherent in racism was actively eating it away like a malignancy.

Bishop Moreo asked why Malema would castigate and insult Indians based on perhaps one experience he had: “I suspect Mr Malema is actually nervous to meet some of the very people he belittles, whose humanity he questions, whose ubuntu he denies when he makes his racist rants.”

The bishop said that there would always be differences between people. But the tendency in many quarters to single out race as the great differentiator was an illustration of evil forces at work.

“It is not only the Malemas who should desist in this, but all of us. People in business, the entertainment world, on the sports field, in the home, wherever, should think carefully about what they say. Ubuntu, reconciliation… those should be our watchwords as Africans living in this country.

“And Mr Malema and his comrades have a great need to understand and embrace ubuntu. They have a responsibility, as elected leaders, to engage others, and speak about their differences, and find one another. That is the African way. That is the ubuntu way. Why would the EFF leaders shun this?”

Bishop Moreo said if the present trend continued, modern-day racism could become institutionalised and be far worse than apartheid, with even worse consequences for the country: “And beware: when you start to label someone as a racist, you immediately become a racist yourself.”

Bishop Moreo said people of faith should renew efforts to play a leading role in demonstrating the love of one another which all religions espouse.

“I particularly ask Anglicans in my diocese to continue to engage with one another as we seek to overcome this renewed scourge of racism that has reared its satanic head in our land. We did this before as we struggled, not without our differences, in the pre 1994 days. Now is the time for us as Christians to rise up again and show that we will not allow racism to take hold at the expense of love and reconciliation.”

ANGLICANS IN AFRICA E-NEWS – 21 June 2018

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Diocese of George Remembers Devastating Knysna Fire

The anniversary of the fire which devastated the Knysna area in the Diocese of George took place on 7th June.  A Service of Thanksgiving for the recovery from the fire was held at Holy Trinity Church, Belvidere to mark the occasion.

Below is a  a reflection from the Rt Revd Brian Marajh, Bishop of George, followed by a link to a video interview with the Revd Jerome Prins, Rector of Holy Trinity.

KNYSNA REMEMBERS

Dear Friends,

In his book “The God Delusion”, Richard Dawkins argues vehemently against what he calls ‘The God Hypothesis.’

What is interesting and significant is the problem he has in explaining away the phenomenon of why, in a supposedly impersonal universe, loving concern for the welfare of people in trouble is shown, by other people, who are perfect strangers.

A year ago, we witnessed an incredible outpouring of love and generosity, when Knysna and its surrounds in particular, were engulfed in flames. The caring and compassion on the part of people from all over South Africa and beyond, made an indelible impression on all concerned.

Many of those whose homes were destroyed by the raging fires bear testimony to the incredible caring they experienced throughout the ordeal. People opened their homes to perfect strangers and offered hospitality.

The disaster generated the most amazing generosity, as people in faraway places rallied to the needs of the dispossessed. Food and clothing and other items came pouring in from companies, service organisations and individuals. I am proud to say that many Churches in our Diocese and the wider Province responded to the crisis. In Knysna itself, local Churches organised themselves into distribution centres and were in the forefront of distributing the necessities to those worst affected.

The 7th June 2017 will never be forgotten. Knysna and the other places which suffered such horrendous damage are being restored. People are resilient and are getting on with their lives.
But, those Christlike qualities which were manifested during the fiery ordeal, by so many people, residents and outsiders alike, will never be forgotten. From the firefighters, who were in the forefront, battling the flames, to those, behind the scenes, packing food parcels – everyone who helped, sent a strong signal to the Community at large, that people are essentially good and through their endeavours, God is involved in what is happening.

Jesus is the Resurrection, in the present tense. And we are his hands and the instruments of his restorative grace in the world today.

The fires were dreadful, but the response was overwhelming and vindicated and reinforced our faith in God’s amazing providence and concern for those in need. In the final analysis, goodness will always prevail. Because God is good and life is to be celebrated.

Let us continue to uphold one another in prayer. Let us at all times remember when things are at their worst, God is at His best.

Grace and peace.

The Right Reverend Brian Melvin Marajh
Bishop of George

 

MESSAGE FROM THE REVD JEROME PRINS

Father Jerome Prins reflecting on the 1st Anniversary of the Knysna Fires.

Posted by Anglicans in George Diocese on Thursday, 7 June 2018

 

Church Provides New Guidance for Survivors of Abuse

The Church’s Canon Law Council has recommended to the Archbishop that the process of laying complaints of sexual abuse and harassment against those who minister or hold office in the church should be made easier.

The Council is now working on specific proposals aimed at achieving this objective. It is also reviewing, with a view to making recommendations, how the Church can prevent sexual abuse and harassment and how it can initiate early intervention in such cases, including providing support services, a helpline and crisis and survivor support.

The Council’s recommendations have been made in response to a request for advice by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba after a number of individuals spoke out in the media about harassment and abuse they said they suffered in the past. The Council comprises experienced lawyers who serve the Church as legal advisors and other Church representatives.

The Council told the Archbishop that the Pastoral Standards adopted by the Church in 2002, which provide comprehensive guidance and rules for those who minister, already set out a sound basis on which to receive and handle complaints against alleged lay, clerical and episcopal offenders. But its report suggested further action was needed.

As an immediate step, the Archbishop has directed that the Pastoral Standards be published in full on the Church’s website. Until now they have been available only in booklet form. The Pastoral Standards, and a fuller report on the Council’s work, can now be found on the website:

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Johannesburg bishop detained under apartheid dies at 89

From left, Bishops Sigisbert Ndwandwe, Desmond Tutu and Simeon Nkoane marching in April 1985 to the then John Vorster Square to demand the release of Father Geoff Moselane. (Photo: Robert Tshabalala/Financial Mail/Gallo Images)

The Right Revd Mfaniseni Sigisbert Ndwandwe, a former Bishop-Suffragan of Johannesburg who was detained without trial during the 1980s uprising against apartheid, has died in Jouberton in North-West Province. He was 89.

Bishop Ndwandwe was first ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church and earned the degree of Doctor of Canon Law. After he became an Anglican priest, he and Dean Tom Stanage were elected in 1978 as bishops-suffragan of Johannesburg to assist Bishop Timothy Bavin.

At that time, the Diocese of Johannesburg stretched from the Swaziland border in the east to the Botswana border and the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman in the West. Bishop Sigi, as he was fondly known, was based in Jouberton and served the western part of the Diocese.

During the uprising against apartheid which began late in 1984, Bishop Sigi and Bishop Simeon Nkoane, who had later been elected to replace Bishop Stanage, both worked with young anti-apartheid activists in their communities and were subjected to attacks by apartheid forces.

In 1985, they joined Bishop Desmond Tutu, recently enthroned as Bishop of Johannesburg, and two dozen other priests in an illegal march to police headquarters in Johannesburg in protest against the detention of Father Geoff Moselane of Sharpeville. Father Moselane was later charged with UDF activists in the Delmas treason trial.

In April 1986, Bishop Sigi’s house in Jouberton was fire-bombed. In response, police arrested him on charges of public violence. They released him, only to re-arrest him under the Internal Security Act, then strip-searched him in public and detained him without trial for 99 days on a claim that he had conspired to murder policemen.

He was later named by the then Archbishop Tutu to a panel of four bishops who were appointed to promote peace during the conflict of the late 1980s and early 1990s in KwaZulu-Natal.

Bishop Ndwandwe is survived by his wife, Dorcas, his children, Mbuso, Donald and Angie, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. His funeral service is at 8 am on Friday May 11 at the Diocesan Centre of the Diocese of Matlosane.

Please note that this report has been corrected to reflect the correct date of Bishop Sigisbert’s funeral. It is Friday May 11, not May 18 as previously recorded. Our apologies for the error. Thank you also for Fr. Amoore (see comments below) for pointing out that Bishop Sigi was elected at the same time as Bishop Tom Stanage.

Young people invited to join Taizé ‘Pilgrimage of Trust’

Young Anglicans across the Province are being invited to join thousands of young people from across the world on a five-day pilgrimage to Cape Town in September next year.

The “Pilgrimage of Trust” is being organised under the auspices of the famous Taizé Community in France.

It will take place from September 25 to 29, 2019, at the invitation of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop Stephen Brislin of the Catholic Church, Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa of the Methodist Church and Dr Gustav Claassen, general secretary of the Dutch Reformed Church.

The organisers expect up to 10,000 young people between 18 and 35. They say that “this meeting will help young people in their search for God. It will help encourage them to have a profound trust in themselves and in others.

“This meeting will invite them to be attentive to the signs and people of hope present around them and encourages them to take up responsibilities to become bearers of peace and trust in the Church and in society.

“The daily programme will include common prayers and times of sharing. The morning programme will be in the parishes/local churches and from midday onwards in a common venue.

“The participants of the Cape Town meeting will be accommodated in the parishes and local communities. This personal welcome is an important aspect of this pilgrimage.”

Former Namibia missionary, Bishop Shannon Mallory, dies in U.S.

Bishop Charles Shannon Mallory, a missionary in the Diocese of Namibia in the 1960s and later the first Bishop of Botswana in the Province of Central Africa has died in California at the age of 81.

Dr Ivor Jardine of Cape Town reports:

“Fr Shannon Mallory and I were fellow missionaries in the Diocese of Damaraland (now Namibia) in the 1960’s under Bishop Robert Mize. He became the Director of St Mary’s Mission, Odibo and did an enormous job in the building up of the Ovamboland church at the time.

“He worked in Grahamstown and then in Uganda for short periods, and then became the first bishop of Botswana. He returned to America after 18 years’ service in Africa, and continued as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.”

In the United States, Bishop Mallory became the first bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real in California. From that diocese’s website:

[Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real] The Rt. Rev. Charles Shannon Mallory, 81, first bishop of the San Jose, California-based Diocese of El Camino Real, died peacefully in Monterey, California, on April 4. Mallory, who led El Camino Real from its founding in 1980 through his retirement in 1990, had recently returned to Monterey County and was preceded in death last November by his wife Marti.

Born Sept. 9, 1936 in Dallas, Texas, Mallory grew up in Van Nuys, California, completing his education at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the General Theological Seminary in New York. He entered the mission field after his ordination to the diaconate in the Diocese of Los Angeles. In 1961, he was ordained priest in Africa where he exercised his ministry first as a missionary in Namibia, South Africa, and Uganda, and then as the first bishop of Botswana. In 1978, after 18 years in Africa, he and his family returned to the United States where Mallory served as assistant bishop in the Diocese of Long Island.

He was elected the first bishop of El Camino Real in 1980 and his installation took place that October in San Juan Bautista. The Rt. Rev. John Allin, then-presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, presided over the service in the plaza of the historic California mission.

“We are a pilgrim Church on the King’s Highway,” Mallory noted at the time. “This new diocese is an optimum size for rediscovering and experiencing some of the dynamic qualities of the early Church.” His vision for the diocese included “a more effective and supportive quality of fellowship among clergy and laity,” less hierarchy, and “more of a collegial relationship among bishop, clergy and laity.”

Following his retirement, Mallory served in the Diocese of Oklahoma and then lived and served in Indian Wells, California, as a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. He authored two books: “Blacklisted!,” his memoirs of 18 years of traveling throughout Africa, and “Other Roads Less Traveled,” a collection of sermons and meditations that ask and answer a range of provocative questions about God, death, the value of prayer, the common thread of religions and more. He continued to write and inspire until his death.

“Bishop Shannon was able to support the Diocese of El Camino Real in its call to be a missional diocese with a collaborative mode of ministry among lay and clergy leaders,” said the Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves, current bishop of El Camino Real. “His interest in people, their spiritual journeys, and his sense of adventure were gifts to our diocese in its earliest days, nurturing it as a place where the Gospel could always flourish amidst a very diverse and rapidly changing context. He will always be a critical part of the story of El Camino Real and will be missed.”

Mallory was predeceased by Martha (“Marti”), his most recent wife, and before that Antonia (“Toni”). He is survived by his brother William Lee Mallory and his first wife Mondi, mother of his five children, plus nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His memorial will be at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California, to be announced at a later date.

Archbishop Installed as Prior of St John for South Africa

(Click on the dots at the bottom of each photo to see other photos. Move your cursor over the bottom of photos to see the descriptions of each photo. Photos by Julian Goldswain.)

[St John News Release] The Most Reverend Dr Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town was installed as Prior of the Order of St John in South Africa by His Royal Highness, Prince Richard Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO GCStJ at a ceremony held at Christ Church, Constantia in Cape Town earlier today.

At the same ceremony, Archbishop Makgoba was invested as a Knight of Justice of the Order, committing himself to the care of the sick and injured in line with the mottoes of the Order ‘For the Faith’ and ‘in service of humanity’ – Pro Fide and Pro Utilitate Hominum.

The ceremony incorporates hundreds of years of tradition, displaying the processional symbols of the Cross of the Order, the Sword and numerous colourful banners. Today’s ceremony had a distinctly South African flavour with volunteer St John Community Health Workers (typically known for taking health care services to young and old in communities such as Nyanga and Gugulethu) singing in praise of the new Prior.

Volunteer members of the local St John Brigade, known countrywide for their provision of emergency care services, played a pivotal role in the ceremony, leading processions and forming a Guard of Honour for the new Prior and his esteemed guests.

The Archbishop takes over the reins of the South African Priory from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who served as the head of the non-profit organisation from 2012 to 2017.

FACTS ABOUT ST JOHN IN SOUTH AFRICA

1. The Order of St John dates from the first Crusade in 1099 and is the only Order of Chivalry still performing the work for which it was originally founded – to alleviate the suffering of all mankind everywhere and to encourage its spiritual growth.

2. St John is a leading international supplier of first aid courses, first aid kits and community health care training. They are dedicated to improving the health, safety and quality of life of all South Africans through the provision of First Aid and Community Health training, Eye Care and various community projects.

3. Active in South Africa for over 130 years, St John offers a range of services including:

First Aid training

First Aid kits

Community Health training

Eye tests and the provision of spectacles

A national youth development programme (9 – 18 years)

A national volunteer programme (adult)

First Aid services at public and community events

Hospital transfers

4. During the 2016/17 financial year, St John trained 16 217 people in first aid.

5. There are currently 274 St John Community Health Volunteers working in local communities. They provided 100 779 nursing and home visits in the past year, treated more than 9 829 first aid cases and gave 146 health related talks and workshops to various community groups.

6. St John – South Africa operates 12 eye care clinics in major cities and towns around the country. Each clinic performs professional eye testing and dispenses spectacles to those underprivileged members of the community who are unable to afford commercial rates. Certain clinics offer free testing and spectacles to over 300 people annually (most notably the elderly and school children).

7. During the last financial year, St John Eye Care Clinics examined 21 911 patients, provided 11 814 pairs of spectacles and referred 1 161 patients to provincial hospitals for specialist treatment / surgery.

8. There are currently 1 334 uniformed adult Brigade volunteers, 496 youth members.

WHAT IS THE ORDER OF ST JOHN?

Excerpted from Wikipedia

The Order of St John, formally the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (French: l’ordre très vénérable de l’Hôpital de Saint-Jean de Jérusalem) and also known as St John International, is a royal order of chivalry first constituted in 1888 by royal charter from Queen Victoria…

The order is found throughout the Commonwealth of Nations, Hong Kong, the Republic of Ireland, and the United States of America, with the worldwide mission “to prevent and relieve sickness and injury, and to act to enhance the health and well-being of people anywhere in the world.” The order’s approximately 25,000 members, known as confrères, are mostly of the Protestant faith, though those of other Christian denominations or other religions are accepted into the order…

The Order of St John is perhaps best known through its service organisations, including St John Ambulance and St John Eye Hospital Group, the memberships and work of which are not constricted by denomination or religion. It is a constituent member of the Alliance of the Orders of Saint John of Jerusalem. Its headquarters are in London and it is a registered charity under English law.

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