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Port Elizabeth elects the Revd Dr Eddie Daniels as bishop

(Photo: Diocese of PE)

An Elective Assembly of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth has elected the Revd Dr Eddie Daniels, Rector of St Margaret’s Church in Summerstrand (left), as the next Bishop of Port Elizabeth.

Dr Daniels was ordained as priest by the then Bishop Desmond Tutu in Johannesburg in 1985. After serving in that diocese for six years, he took up a post as lecturer in the former St Paul’s College in Grahamstown for two years.

He has served in parishes in the Diocese of Port Elizabeth for the past 25 years.

He holds a Diploma in Theology from St Paul’s, a BA degree and a Master of Education degree (both from Wits University), and a Doctor of Education degree from Nelson Mandela University.

He is married to Nicky and the couple has one son, Joshua. God willing, he will be consecrated as bishop on February 23 next year. He will succeed the Right Revd Bethlehem Nopece, who retired earlier this year.

Canon John Suggit receives Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice

Canon John Suggit with the citation of the award conferred on him by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.

At a service to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his ordination as priest, one of the church’s leading theologians, the Revd Canon John Suggit, has been presented with the Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice.

The service was held at St Margaret’s Church in Fish Hoek, in the Diocese of False Bay. Among those who attended were clergy who studied at the old St Paul’s College under Canon Suggit, including those holding a 50th anniversary reunion.

Among other recipients of the award have been Archbishop Emeritus Desmond and Mrs Leah Tutu, former South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Professor Barney Pityana, former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, retired President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and retired Bishop John Osmers of Zambia.

The citation for the award, presented by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, follows.

The Revd Canon John Suggit came to South Africa in 1948 with his wife, Thelma, after graduating with degrees in Classics and Theology at Worcester College, Oxford. Ordained deacon and priest in Grahamstown (now Makhanda) during that year, he served successively as a curate and acting Rector at the Cathedral of St Michael and St George, then at St Hugh’s in Newton Park, Port Elizabeth – where he and his parishioners built the church as a “do-it-yourself” exercise – and at St Michael and All Angels’ in Queenstown (now Komani).

Proficient in Latin and Greek since preparatory school, and well grounded in parish ministry, he was appointed Warden of St Paul’s College in 1965, where he became renowned as an outstanding teacher, pastor and administrator. In the judgement of Bishop Duncan Buchanan, who worked with him, he was a perfectionist who insisted on the highest standards and worked with great skill to bring the college into the 20th century. After 10 years at St Paul’s, the post of Professor of New Testament Studies at Rhodes University became vacant. Interviewed for the post, his reply to why he had applied for it became the stuff of legend: it was because, he said, he wanted to learn more about the New Testament. His answer, in the words of Bishop Michael Nuttall, showed “the true mark of a scholar and teacher who is ever a disciple also.”

In turbulent times, John Suggit’s writings have played an important role in underpinning our Church and its witness. His devotion to the centrality of the Eucharist and his example as a model of what priesthood should be are an inspiration to us all. The Anglican Church of Southern Africa is honoured to recognise this pastor, prophet and priest who has selflessly dedicated his life to the liberation and welfare of God’s people with the Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice.

Consecration & Installation of Bishop Dale Bowers of St Helena

Reporting and photos: Sharon and Darrin Henry of ‘What The Saints Did Next

History was made on Sunday 11th November with the consecration and enthronement of Dale Bowers as the 16th Bishop of the island of St Helena.

See full report below the slideshow…

History was made on Sunday 11th November with the consecration and enthronement of Dale Bowers as the 16th Bishop of the island of St Helena.

Dale is the second island-born bishop and it is believed this was the first consecration of a bishop on the island.

The ceremony took place at St Paul’s Cathedral and was led by the Most Revd Dr Thabo Cecil Makgoba, visiting Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

It was a colourful, memorable and for some, an emotional occasion that was broadcast live via radio to reach beyond the estimated congregation of 300. Bishop Dale’s sons, Jacob and Luke, attended the ceremony as acolytes and his wife Penny stood proudly at the front.

Accompanying Archbishop Thabo were the Rt Revd Stephen Molopi Diseko, Dean of the Province and Bishop of Matlosane, and the Rt Revd Allan John Kannemeyer, Bishop of Pretoria, along with the Revd Mcebisi Pinyana, the Archbishop’s chaplain, who all flew in from Johannesburg the previous day.

Once the consecration section of the service was done, Bishop Dale and the Procession left the cathedral via the vestry, and – following tradition for the enthronement – pounded his staff three times on the west door to request permission to enter the cathedral.

He was welcomed inside by Sylvia Ivy Ellick, Registrar of the Diocese of St Helena. He then swore, ‘to respect, maintain, and defend the rights, privileges and liberties of this Diocese and to rule it with truth, justice and love, not lording it over God’s heritage, but showing myself in all things an example to the flock of Christ.’

In an uplifting sermon Archbishop Thabo paid tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Partway through the service he spoke in four languages representative of the different provinces.

Bishop Dale previously served as vicar of the Jamestown Parish. He replaces Bishop Richard Fenwick who retired in May this year.

The Diocese of St Helena was founded in 1859 and is the 4th oldest diocese of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

RSCM honours Cape Town choir conductor

[Rebecca Malambo – Diocese of Cape Town] St George’s Cathedral choir conductor Jonathan Langenhoven travelled to England with his wife Susan in September 2018 to receive an award from the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in recognition for his services to church music.

He was honoured as an associate of the RSCM  during a celebration service at Salisbury Cathedral on September 8th. The award was presented to Jonathan by the Rt Revd Nick Holtam, bishop of Salisbury.

Jonathan was one of 9 recipients of the ARSCM award for 2018 and the only recipient from Africa this year. The RSCM is an international organization, with headquarters in the UK, which aims to encourage and support music in churches. It is represented in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

 

 

 

Durban sets ‘Anglicans Ablaze’

Worship at Anglicans Ablaze (Photo: Bellah Zulu)

[ACNS, by Bellah Zulu] More than 2000 Anglicans from Southern Africa and around the world were in Durban, South Africa last week for Anglicans Ablaze, an international conference within the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. The biennial event, which ran from 3 – 6 October, is a renewal platform meant to set Anglicans “ablaze with God’s love and power in order to build up the church and to serve God in the world.”

The Bishop of the North Western Episcopal Area of the Anglican Diocese of Natal, Tsietsi Seleoane, is the new liaison Bishop for Anglicans Ablaze. The event, he said, is a continuation of the Anglican Renewal Ministry that began in the 1970s. “It’s a diverse kind of ministry showing the Anglican life at its best – from extreme Anglo-Catholic to extreme charismatic expressions of our worship, and this is why we want people to see how they can transform their own parishes after being enriched by this renewal ministry in our church”, he said.

“Anglicans Ablaze is about church growth”, said Nonkonzo Xintolo, a priest from the Diocese of Mthatha. “This gives me a chance to mix with other people and learn because you cannot go back home and grow the church unless you grow yourself first.”

Anglicans Ablaze has a special place in the lives of young people because for the most part, it presents an opportunity for them to experience church in a way that’s different from what they experience in their parishes. Jesse Rajee, an 18-year-old Anglican from Cape Town who was attending Anglican Ablaze for the first time.

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Photo: Bellah Zulu

“After listening to the experiences of my friends who attended the last conference, I got inspired and knew I also wanted to be attended someday,” he said. “I have been challenged and my goal is to inspire other young people as I have been inspired here.”

Another young Anglican, 17-year-old Levern Luiters, talked of how this experience has impacted her life. “I have heard a lot of good things here that the Lord has done for other people and now I know that he is going to do it for me as well”, she said. “It’s indeed an honour to be here to worship God with people from different churches.”

When more than 2000 people meet in one place for a conference such as this one, the amount of garbage produced can be overwhelming. But the organisers foresaw this and came up with various innovations to minimise the amount of waste produced.

“Instead of single use containers, we have made available over 2000 reusable mugs which has helped us stop about 12,000 plastic containers from being used here,” said the Coordinator of Green Anglicans, Canon Rachel Mash. “We have also made available wooden stirs instead of plastic spoons.”

She added: We have to change people’s theology by emphasising that caring for the environment is a key calling of a Jesus shaped life. You cannot say you care for your neighbour if you don’t care for creation.”

The highlight of the event came from the prolific church planter and keynote speaker for the conference, Archbishop Moon Hing of West Malaysia, the Primate of South East Asia. He gave a moving account of growing up in a Buddhist family in an area where Christianity accounted for less than one per cent of religious affiliation.

BZ_Anglicans -Abalze -2018-Bishop -Martin -Breytenbach -prays -for -Archbishop -Moon -Hing _700x 467Bishop Martin Breytenbach prays for keynote speaker Archbishop Moon Hing.
Photo: Bellah Zulu

“My family didn’t like it when I converted to Christianity to an extent that they stopped me from speaking to my family about it,” he said. “But after so many years I would like to thank God that I have managed to convert 80 per cent of my family including brothers, sisters and cousins among others to Christianity, and had the privilege of baptising my own mother.”

In an interview with the Anglican Communion News Service, he spoke of the importance of Anglican Ablaze: “There is hunger for Christ everywhere – people need motivation, encouragement and direction, and Anglicans Ablaze offers that opportunity and I pray that it spreads to other regions and the whole of the Anglican world.

“This movement will transform the lives of people and communities and the world will have hope because it’s a reminder that God is our priority in a world which is going in the opposite direction.”

The atmosphere was spirit filled as Anglicans worshipped God in an apparent hunger for transformation and a different kind of experience.

Correction: the original headline of this article incorrectly described Anglicans Ablaze as a youth event. The conference has a youth-track; but is an all-age renewal conference.

“Making Creation Visible in Liturgy”

Provincial Standing Committee has requested the body which is revising the Prayer Book and drawing up new and revised liturgies for worship to give new emphasis to the environment.

The following resolution was proposed by the church’s environmental coordinator, Canon Rachel Mash, seconded by Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya of Swaziland, and adopted by PSC:

Making Creation Visible in Liturgy

This PSC, noting:

• The excellent work being done by the Prayer Book Revision Committee in addressing “anthropocentrism, patriarchy and dualism” in the revisions, and
• The Fifth Mark of Anglican Mission that strives to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth;

Requests PSC to request the Liturgical Committee to:

• Include in the penitential rites, the confession of actions that destroy the natural environment, and include prayers for the whole household of life,
• Promote the occasional holding of services outdoors, in natural settings;
• Incorporate the fifth mark of mission in the baptismal vows;
• Incorporate the fifth mark of mission in the service of installation of clergy and bishops;
• Make available on the internet additional liturgies and the new Prayer Book in order to limit the excessive use of paper;
• Encourage churches to reduce their use of paper.

PSC calls for land audit, theological reflection on expropriation without compensation

Provincial Standing Committee has asked that an inventory of all land held by the church be drawn up with a view to making recommendations for the use of vacant land. In a resolution passed at its recent meeting, it also asked for the development of a theological reflection on land expropriation without compensation.

The full text of the PSC resolution follows:

This PSC, noting

1. The national debate in South Africa on amending section 25 of the Constitution of South Africa to allow for land expropriation without compensation,
2. The occupation of vacant land and the associated violence, and
3. That ACSA is a major land owner in the country,

Respectfully requests the Archbishop to establish an ad hoc committee chaired by Bishop Tsietsi [Seleoane, Bishop Suffragan in the Diocese of Natal] to:

1. Do an inventory of all land currently owned and/or managed by ACSA in the Province, Dioceses and Parishes, including the value and current land-use,

2. Make recommendations for use of vacant land, and
3. Develop a theological reflection on land expropriation without compensation to be used at Provincial Synod.

During debate on the resolution, the recent Sunday Times op-ed on land reform by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba was referred to as a useful resource. It was subsequently re-published on the Archbishop’s blog.

Synod of Bishops, PSC address issue of sexual abuse

Recent meetings of the Synod of Bishops and Provincial Standing Committee have addressed the issue of sexual abuse and harassment in the Church.

The following is an excerpt from the Pastoral Letter from the bishops, issued at the weekend:

2) We received a very serious report on the Safe Church Commission. It was emphasised to us that it is urgent and important for every Diocese to:

• Set up a team to deal effectively with allegations of abuse in the church. These teams will receive training for this important ministry, and guidelines for action will be prepared.
• Respond to the questionnaire that was sent to Bishops earlier this year.
• Require police clearance certificates for all people being ordained or licensed, and those working with young people and children.

There are also plans to amend Act XV, on the Pastoral Standards, at Provincial Synod next year, in the light of new developments.

An email address has been set up for those who wish to report abuse that has taken place: safechurches[a]anglicanchurchsa.org.za . This may be done anonymously. This is also a call for us to soak the church and all God’s people with prayer.

The following resolution was approved by PSC:

MOTION ARISING FROM SAFE CHURCH COMMISSION REPORT

This PSC

1. Noting the work and efforts on the part of the ACC Safe Church Commission as well as its acceptance and introduction into ACSA
2. Recognises the need for the preventative measures of the Safe Church Commission to be implemented while the necessary Canonical amendments to Canon 4 are being prepared for Synod 2019:

Hereby resolves:

That with immediate effect, all ordinations, elections or consecrations of ordained ministers will include the requirement for a police clearance certificate to be obtained from a verified agency.

Should an adverse finding be made in terms of such police clearance, then the Diocesan Bishop or Archbishop as the case may be, should in their discretion determine how to deal with the finding.

In the case of lay ministers, especially those involved in youth and Sunday School teaching, this will be progressively implemented from 1 January 2019.

Arising out of the Bishops’ and PSC deliberations, Archbishop Thabo released the following public statement today (October 3):

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has adopted new measures to deal with sexual abuse and harassment.

In future anyone wanting to be ordained to serve as a clergyperson will have to provide a police clearance certificate. The church has also set up an email address to make it easier to report allegations of abuse.

This was announced by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town today. He said in a statement:

“At meetings held last week, our church’s Synod of Bishops and our Provincial Standing Committee – which includes clergy and lay people from every diocese in Southern Africa – had their first opportunity to discuss the reports of clergy abusing children which received widespread publicity earlier this year.

“We were made acutely aware of the pain of those who have been hurt by the church. Although the number of cases reported so far is limited, we resolved to take up the issue with the utmost seriousness.

“Experienced lawyers and clergy serving on our Canon Law Council reported that our Pastoral Standards, which are incorporated into church law, set out a sound basis on which to handle complaints of abuse. But the council has said we need to make it easier for complainants to access procedures for laying complaints, and to provide better support for them along the way.

“The council also reported that complaints, especially historical complaints, are not being handled quickly enough. It recommended that we set up a central register of complaints, including details of what action has been taken. Although complaints of abuse can made directly to the Diocese in which it has taken place, we have now also set up a dedicated email address for those who wish to report them through that channel: safechurches[at]anglicanchurchsa.org.za . This may be done anonymously.

“The council will propose changes to church legislation at the next meeting of the three-yearly Provincial Synod, our top legislative body, next year. In the meantime, the Provincial Standing Committee has resolved that, with immediate effect, all ordinations, elections or consecrations of ordained ministers will include the requirement for a police clearance certificate to be obtained from a verified agency.

“From January 2019, we will progressively enforce the same rule for lay ministers, especially those involved in youth ministry and Sunday School teaching.

“In addition, the Canon Law Council emphasised to the Synod of Bishops that it is urgent and very important that every diocese set up a team to deal effectively with allegations of abuse. We are arranging training for the bishops at the next meeting of our Synod of Bishops, and have asked each diocese to ensure that its teams also receive training in how best to respond to complaints.

“Most of the half-dozen cases which have emerged this year concern events which occurred more than 20 years ago, which – except in cases of rape – prevents victims from pursuing their cases through criminal courts in South Africa. I therefore reiterate my earlier support for quick action by Parliament to change the law to allow such prosecutions to take place. Victims of sexual abuse need to be able to pursue charges both in criminal courts and in church tribunals.”

African Anglicans issue an urgent cry for ecological justice

Participants from 17 dioceses in 14 African countries have released “An Urgent Cry for Ecological Justice: Reclaiming the Gospel Imperative for All Creation” at the end of their recent meeting in South Africa.

The meeting was held under under the auspices of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN).

You can find their full statement on the Green Anglicans website and a news report on the Anglican Communion News Service.

The Chair of ACEN, Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya of Swaziland, centre, with some of the Green Anglicans participants at the conference. (Photo: ACEN)

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