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Addendum to PSC 2022 Agenda Book Now Published

As announced when the main Agenda Book for this year’s Provincial Standing Committee was published, an Addendum comprising additional resolutions and reports has now been published.

Read or download the Addendum below. Click here for the main Agenda Book – RE-IMAGINING ACSA.

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RE-IMAGINING ACSA – Agenda Book for PSC 2022

The agenda and reports for this year’s meeting of ACSA’s Provincial Standing Committee (PSC) have been sent to members of PSC by the Provincial Executive Officer, the Revd Canon Makhosi Nzimande.

PSC is the Province’s top deliberative body between meetings of Provincial Synod, and meets annually. It is comprised of one lay and one clergy representative from each Diocese, as well as the Bishops of the Province, who customarily meet separately in Synod in the days ahead of PSC.

The full text of the agenda, reports and motions to come before this year’s PSC follow at the end of this notice.

Excerpts from an explanatory note from Dr Nzimande to members of PSC:

1) The Drafting Team under the leadership of the Provincial Registrar, Mr Lloyd Fortuin, is scheduled to meet on Friday 29th July 2022 and again, the following week in need, to review resolutions coming to PSC. The Team will also carefully examine the Standing Rules for PSC which seem to be out of kilter with Canon 43. Once this work has been completed an addendum book will be issued which will contain resolutions coming to PSC and any Reports received after the cut-off date. The issuing of this book will be no later than 15 August 2022 but efforts will be made to have it out earlier.

2) Elections to the various Provincial portfolios and committees traditionally take place at Provincial Synod. At Provincial Synod 2021 the number of nominations received for the various portfolios was insufficient for the Elections to take place and accordingly a decision was taken by
Provincial Synod that the election process would be deferred to the Provincial Standing Committee in 2022.

3) Regrettably, the number of nominations received for PSC 2022 thus far is once again insufficient to allow the Elections to take place. In consultation with the Metropolitan, a decision has been taken that the current elected members of the various Portfolios and Committees would be requested to remain in office until Provincial Synod 2024. There is an anticipation that Provincial Synod 2024 will be an in-person meeting and, as is the norm, nominations will be made from the floor during Synod. In the event that there are vacancies in Portfolios between now and Provincial Synod 2024, these vacancies will be filled in consultation with the Liaison Bishops.

This situation is not ideal. However, the calling for nominations, with Proposer, Seconder and a short CV for each nomination, has seen very few nominations being made and it is felt that this is something that needs to happen at an in-person Synod.

The only election that will take place at PSC 2022 will be for the employer elected Trustee to both of the Provincial Pension funds.

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2021 Provincial Synod – Acts & Resolutions

Read and download the Acts and Resolutions of the Thirty-Sixth Session of Provincial Synod which met in September 2021.

(Updated with a corrected version on May 29, 2022)

A high-resolution version can be found for download at the end of this post.

A high-resolution version of the Acts and Resolutions can be downloaded here >>

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2022 PSC – Committee Nominations

ACSA’s Provincial Standing Committee (PSC), the Province’s ruling body between the three-yearly Provincial Synod, elects members with expertise in a variety of fields to various Provincial committees and other bodies.

Nominations are considered and decided upon by the annual meeting of PSC, which includes the Liasion Bishops for each committee.

The bodies to which members are elected include:

The Provincial Trust Board, ACSA’s Provincial Finance Board, the Provincial Pension and Retirement Funds, the PSC Service Committee;

The Advisory Committee for Elective Assemblies, the Canon Law Council, the Council of the College of the Transfiguration, the Provincial Media Committee, the Publishing Committee;

The Church Unity Commission, and the SA Council of Churches.

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2022 PSC – Reporting format

The following form is to be used by Provincial committees, ministries and bodies which submit their annual reports to Provincial Standing Committee.

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2020 PSC Minutes

CLICK HERE to read and download a copy of the Minutes of the 2020 meeting of the Provincial Standing Committee [LARGE FILE]

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2018 PSC Minutes

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2017 PSC Minutes

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Third interim report of Task Team on Discrimination in Schools

The Provincial Task Team appointed by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba to make recommendations on how best the Church can address discrimination issues at Diocesan schools tabled an interim report at the February meeting of the Synod of Bishops.

The team, headed by the prominent educationalist, Mary Metcalfe, was established after the 2020 Provincial Standing Committee discussed the controversy on social media earlier that year on the experience of past and present scholars at private schools, including Anglican schools.

The report tabled in February was its third, and its work continues. Pursuant to a request by the Church’s Provincial Media Committee at its February meeting, the Archbishop has directed that the full interim report should be published here.

Note: In response to an inquiry from the Sunday Times, Johannesburg, concerning the team’s work, Archbishop Makgoba said “I am happy that under the efficient leadership of Mary Metcalfe it has made a good start to its work.” He added:

“Our schools are not under the direct control of the Church. The schools are governed by their own councils, on which the Church is usually represented. From what I have heard, the schools welcome the dialogue and guidance which the Task Team facilitates.”

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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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Former Diocese of Natal cleric degraded

The Synod of Bishops has resolved to confirm a sentence of degradation on a former priest of the Diocese of Natal after his conviction for sexual harassment.

The Revd Roland Prince was sentenced by a disciplinary tribunal of the Diocese of Natal in July. Under the Canons, degradation is the most serious disciplinary action that can be taken against a priest. As a result the sentence has to confirmed by the Synod of Bishops. The Synod sat last week.

In the language of the Canons, a sentence of degradation “deposes from Holy Orders” a priest. It removes his or her right to be referred to as “Reverend”.

Mr Prince was convicted under the Canons of: sexual harassment, conducting himself in “a sexually immoral manner”, and involving himself in “inappropriate relationships and activities which gave just cause for scandal or offence.”

In April a board of preliminary inquiry recommended that charges be brought against him. He resigned at the end of that month. The disciplinary tribunal sat in July. Two days after Mr Prince confirmed he would attend, he indicated on the day of the tribunal he would not attend. The tribunal went ahead in his absence.

Mr Prince’s name will now be placed on a register maintained by the church’s Safe and Inclusive Church Commission to ensure that he cannot be licensed as a priest in any other Diocese.

The victims worked at or were associated with workers at the parish in which Mr Prince served. In order to protect the identity of his victims, no details of the case which may lead to them being identified will be revealed.

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Appeal for dialogue to end unrest in Eswatini

A resolution approved at Provincial Synod 2021:

POLITICAL UNREST IN ESWATINI

Noting:

  1. The Archbishop in his charged alluded to the Political unrest in Eswatini.
  2. Such political unrest led to destruction of property left hundreds of Emaswati with Permanent injuries and over 70 citizens (Children, women and Men) lost their lives.
  3. The devastation that such unrest has caused to the people of Eswatini.

Resolve that:

  1. This Synod join the people of Eswatini in thanking the Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of ACSA for the constant calls and pastoral letter he wrote to the people of Eswatini on behalf of the Province.
  2. Request the Archbishop to continue working with other regional, continental and global structures pushing for meaningful engagement and dialogue in Eswatini to find an amicable solution to the challenges of Eswatini.
  3. Respectfully request that provincial pastoral and fact-finding mission be sent to Eswatini within the next two months.

Seconder: Ms Thobile Dlamini

Proposer: Venerable Bhekindlela Magongo

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Synod calls for end to oil exploration in Africa

A resolution approved at the 2021 Provincial Synod:

AFRICAN BISHOPS CALL FOR A HALT TO GAS AND OIL EXPLORATION IN AFRICA

This Provincial Synod,

Affirming that it:

  1. Recognises the negative impacts of fossil fuel exploration in the Dioceses of Namibia and Nampula;
  2. Recognises the increasing impacts of climate change across the Continent of Africa, caused by the burning of fossil fuels;
  3. Commits to standing in solidarity with the rest of Africa to call for a halt to gas and oil exploration in Africa;

Resolves to:

  1. Invite all ACSA Bishops to sign the letter below to the African Union, European Union and Governments of the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States of America;
  2. Invite the All-Africa Conference of Churches and the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa to circulate this letter for signature throughout Africa.

THE PROPOSED LETTER

To whom it may concern

RE: AFRICAN BISHOPS CALL FOR A HALT TO GAS AND OIL EXPLORATION IN AFRICA

Africa, our home, is a continent of spectacular beauty and abundance. It still has remnants of its unique and priceless wildlife in areas of great variety, biodiversity, and wonder. The land has deep rooted cultural and traditional significance and 80% of the Continent’s people depend on small scale farmers for their food.

A new era of economic colonialism by fossil fuel companies is well underway. This is supported by self-serving governments. They are enticed by the promise of job creation and finance for ‘development’ while ignoring the harsh reality of the climate crisis, the ravages of which are being felt across the Continent. Biodiversity loss, exacerbated by catastrophic climate change will have dire consequences for all life on this planet and Africa will be severely affected.

Africa’s natural habitats are being destroyed at an alarming rate through the extraction of oil and gas, with many new projects in the pipeline. Known in Nigeria as the curse of “black gold”, fossil fuel extraction is polluting the water and the land. Oil companies are abusing the rights of indigenous and rural people and forcing them off their land. Oil and gas exploration and exploitation are leading to political destabilisation and increased violence.
The choices we make now will determine the future of Africa. We face species extinction, widespread disease, life-threatening temperature extremes, droughts, ecosystem collapse, and rising sea levels, floods, storms, and wildfires, unless there is transformational change by individuals, communities, businesses, institutions, and governments.

Africa is a continent richly blessed with sun and wind. Investment in renewable energy, now the cheapest form of energy worldwide, will create far more jobs and long-term savings. Renewable energy will be generated without the health-damaging pollutants of fossil fuels or global warming that will push the world past a catastrophic 1.5°C increase in temperature. The declining worldwide demand for fossil fuels will also leave Africa with a legacy of stranded assets.

Yet rather than halting fossil fuel extraction, many governments are actively encouraging exploration for oil and gas reserves by foreign companies. This, despite each country’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and their promise to formulate nationally determined contributions (NDC) of climate changing emissions.

Across the continent, foreign companies, supported by African governments, are putting profit before planet:

  1. ReconAfrica, a Canadian oil and gas company, is drilling for oil and gas in the Kavango Basin in north-east Namibia. The company’s 25-year production licence covers over 34,000 square kilometres. Major oil extraction threatens scarce water supplies and is likely to cause widespread ecological destruction to the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It would also disrupt traditional livelihoods and displace indigenous communities.
  2. The Virunga National Park in the DRC is a ‘protected’ UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a wealth of biodiversity but is threatened with oil exploration. UNESCO has appealed to the DRC government to cancel all oil exploration permits and focus rather on longer term sustainable development opportunities.
  3. The plan to build a heated pipeline that will carry crude oil from western Uganda through Tanzania to the Indian Ocean, the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), will damage fragile ecosystems and displace families from their land. The Ugandan and Tanzanian Governments, the French oil company Total, and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) have partnered in this agreement.
  4. Multiple foreign corporations (including Total) have invested in the offshore gas reserves of northern Mozambique. In spite of promises, the vast development has not benefitted local communities. People are losing their ancestral land and culture. Many young men have joined the Al-Shabab insurgency group making brutal attacks. Nearly 900,000 people have been internally displaced due to the violence. The Quirimbas National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, will also be exposed to the impacts of dredging, waste disposal and construction.

As people of faith, we believe we have been given responsibility to care for, protect and preserve Africa’s magnificent creation. Therefore, we call for:

A. The immediate cessation of fossil fuel exploration across Africa.

B. The application of effective climate justice so that countries of Africa, disproportionately affected by climate change, may be enabled to leapfrog the polluting fossil fuel era into the clean renewable energy era.

C. An end to bribery and corruption by foreigners and multi-national companies to secure contracts from political leaders, with disastrous consequences for local communities.

D. A decisive and determined shift by governments to embrace a transition to a renewable energy future with its enormous job creation potential so that people and planet may breathe and thrive.

E. The recognition of Ecocide as a crime in national and international law. Ecocide is causing irreparable damage and destruction to ecosystems and harming the health and wellbeing of species, including humans.

Proposer: Rev Dr Andrew Warmback

Seconder: Rev Shaun Cozett

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ACSA pledges ongoing support to IAMA

Provincial Synod 2021 passed the following resolution during the final sessions attended by the Dioceses in Mozambique and Angola:

MOTION ON IGREJA ANGLICANA DE MOZAMBIQUE E ANGOLA (IAMA)

This Provincial Synod,

Noting:

  1. The 2002 Provincial Synod decision;
  2. The Archbishop’s Charge 2019 on his vision for the establishment of a Portuguese-speaking Anglican Province in Southern Africa and the multiplication of the Dioceses in
    Angola and Mozambique (IAMA);
  3. Approval by the Anglican Communion for the establishment of such a Province;
  4. The work and support of Mrs Matlotlisang Mototjane, the Ven Horace Arenz (former PEO) and The Revd Dr Makhosi Nzimande (current PEO) and the efficacy and hard
    work of Archbishop Josiah and the Anglican Communion Standing Committee;

Acknowledging that thanks should be extended to:

  1. The four founding Bishops of IAMA, Bishop Carlos, Bishop Andre, Bishop Manuel, and Bishop Vicente for their vision and leadership;
  2. The former and current Provincial Executive Officers: Ven Horace Arenz and The Revd Dr. Makhosi Nzimande as well as the Provincial Executive Officer Administrator Mrs Matlotly Mototjane;
  3. Archbishop Josiah, the Anglican Communion Exploratory Committee and Canon Maggie Swinson, Chair of the Exploratory Committee and their team;

Confirming that:

  1. Appreciation and thanks are due to ACSA for its commitment to journeying with IAMA through the following:

1.1 Financial support of ½ million Rands per annum over five years;

1.2 Collaboration and support in Theological Education with The College of the Transfiguration, HOPE Africa, Green Anglicans, Youth Structure, ASF and other Provincial Bodies;

1.3 Sharing of knowledge of best practice in such areas as Safe and Inclusive Church, Canon Law Council, Anglican Board of Education and Provincial Secretariat matters;

Resolves to:

  1. Commit to walking with IAMA as we venture together in faith into the new Province.

Proposer: Acting Presiding Bishop Carlos Matsinhe
Seconder: Bishop Andre Soares