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APM – Diocese of Saldanha Bay

Link to video reflecting the work of the Diocese’s Annual Planning meeting >>

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News PSC 2023

PSC appeals for support for flood-afflicted Western Cape

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Provincial Notices PSC 2023

Report on the Distinctive and Permanent Diaconate – 2023

A report presented to the 2023 meeting of Provincial Standing Committee:

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News PSC 2023

Proposed prayers for ministry to Church’s LGBTQI+ family drafted

Provincial Standing Committee has endorsed a decision by this week’s meeting of the Synod of Bishops to send to Dioceses draft prayers for ministry to members of the LGBTQI+ family.

This follows a report given to the bishops by a sub-group appointed by the Synod in terms of a decision in March this year. The sub-group developed 16 prayers, reflecting varying emphases, which were sent to PSC on Wednesday.

Dioceses are being requested to send their views and commentary to the Provincial Executive Officer by January 15 next year, to enable the Synod of Bishops to consider them at their February meeting. The bishops will prepare a resolution to present to Provincial Synod in September next year.

PSC resolved to send the prayers to Dioceses for “reflection and comment”. A proposal to send them for use in ministry was defeated.

The full text of the PSC resolution follows:

MOTION ON PASTORAL GUIDELINES

  1. Whereas:
  1. In some parts of ACSA, the government has promulgated the Civil Union Act and there are now persons in Civil Unions in our parishes across ACSA.
  1. The Synod of Bishops have discussed and developed pastoral guidelines for ministry to the LGBTQI+ family in Civil unions.
  1. The Synod of Bishops appointed a small group of Bishops that have drafted sixteen prayers and the SoB has now recommended that these be given to the Dioceses in their ministry to the LGBTQI+ family.
  1. This PSC Resolves to:
  1. Endorse the Synod of Bishop’s decision that these prayers be sent to Dioceses for reflection and comment.
  2. Dioceses are requested to report back  to the office of the PEO before 15th January 2024 to present their views and commentary to the Bishops for further consideration at the February 2024 meeting of the Synod of Bishops.
  3. Thereafter the Bishops are requested to prepare a resolution on this matter by 15th May 2024 to present to Provincial Synod 2024.
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PSC Resolutions declaring Israel an apartheid state and on pilgrimages to the Holy Land

The following resolutions were approved by Provincial Standing Committee at its 2023 meeting on Wednesday.

A statement on the decisions by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is available on his blog >>

ON ISRAEL AS AN APARTHEID STATE

1. Whereas:

a. Many global human rights bodies including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have now declared Israel an apartheid state;

b. The SACC National Executive Committee has now also declared Israel an apartheid state;

c. The Dutch Reformed Church Western Cape synod has now also expressed its opinion that Israel should be declared an apartheid state and has asked its church’s National synod to consider this at its October 2023 Synod;

d. Most Palestinian civil rights bodies consider this to be true;

2. This PSC Resolves to:

a. Endorse the position taken by the SACC national executive committee declaring Israel an apartheid state;

b. Respectfully request the Archbishop to inform the Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East of this decision;

c. Pray for our Anglican brothers and sisters in Palestine and to express our solidarity with them;

d. Express support for the upcoming global anti-apartheid conference on Palestine to be held in Tshwane in November 2023.

ON PILGRIMAGES TO PALESTINE AND ISRAEL

1. Whereas:

a. the definition of Israel as an apartheid State has become more widely used, including by the National Executive of the South African Council of Churches;

b. the Archbishop’s Lent Course 2023 on The Bible and the Land Called Holy helped significantly in raising awareness in ACSA about the plight of the Palestinians and that there was a strong interest expressed in continuing this focus;

c. One of the possible actions emanating from this course is to promote solidarity visits to Israel-Palestine;

2. PSC Recognises that:

a. In the Provincial Synod Resolution of 2019 “Many Christian pilgrimages to the current state of Israel often ignore the Christians living in Palestine”;

b. Visits to the Christians of Palestine to hear their stories are often not on the programme of these pilgrimages and, furthermore, the word “Palestine” is never or hardly ever used in the marketing material or in the preparation for the pilgrimage;

c. The military occupation of Palestine is hardly ever talked about or discussed in these pilgrimages and the similarities to apartheid South Africa seldom discussed.

3. Affirming that:

In respect of Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land it is desirable to:

a. include an interfaith (or at the very least “Abrahamic”) component and a discussion regarding the current situation of Christians in the Holy Land;

b. have an Anglican priest (or one approved by ACSA) as chaplain to accompany the group of pilgrims (which may be comprised of both Anglicans and Christians of various denominations);

c. include meetings with Palestinian Christians if possible, including visits to their homes;

d. includes meetings with The Bishop of Jerusalem or senior clergy in Palestine and Israel whenever possible; and

e. visits all the sites of the most important parts of the life of Jesus (his birth at ethlehem, his baptism in the River Jordan, his first sermon at Capernaum, the last Supper, his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension sites).

4. Resolves to:

Adopt the principle of ACSA-approved Pilgrimages to the Holy Land;

a. respectfully request the Archbishop to inform the Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East about this resolution

b. encourage that the first ACSA-approved pilgrimage takes place around Pentecost 2024 and to advertise the same on the ACSA website.