Categories
Provincial Notices

Clergy & politics – draft guidelines from the Bishops

The Synod of Bishops has discussed a draft set of pastoral guidelines to apply when Clergy want to participate in party political activities. They are a work in progress, and they are published below for public information.

DRAFT

The Pastoral Guidelines for Bishops to apply when Clergy assume Public Pastoral Office along Party Political Lines

Preamble

We recognise the vocation to ministry of the Whole People of God through Baptism. Sacred Scripture uses various images to give us an understanding of the inner nature of the Church.

The Church is a sheepfold whose single and necessary gate is Christ. (c/f John 10:1-10). It is the Holy Temple; it is the Home of God in which God’s Family dwells.

It is from our understanding of the Church as the Body of Christ, made up of the many and diverse members, who need the care of the Bishop and all the Clergy working together with the Laity to maintain the bonds of unity and affection, that we recognise the need for oversight and pastoral care.

We recognise and accept that the Church must be a Place of Sanctuary for all People in their diversity.

Civil Society is made of a complexity of political affiliations held by citizens. The Church needs to embrace them all in her care.

We recognise that formal public affiliation to any Political Party could lead to Conflict of Allegiance for a licensed cleric in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. For example, in Mozambique political campaigning along Party Political lines, is prohibited from taking place in Churches. Clergy, in fact, are invited to Chair Election Process Meetings, precisely because of their neutrality.

We believe, therefore, based on our ecclesial and theological understanding of our vocation as Ministers of the Church of God, certain Guidelines ought to be put in place to regulate our common calling to this ministry.

Therefore, based upon the existing Canons in ACSA and in other ecclesial bodies governing the life of the Clergy in respect of taking on secular employment. Furthermore, in the party-political sphere, we recommend that the following guidelines be applied.

The Guidelines

  1. It is incumbent that a Cleric shall always without exception, in the first instance, arrange for an interview with the Bishop to discuss the possibility of “entering the arena of public office and to be in involved in party politics”.
  2. This conversation shall be deemed NECESSARY before any decision is made by the Cleric.
  3. Failure to have this discussion (and only informing the Bishop afterwards, or the Bishop discovering in the media or in other ways that the Cleric has entered politics) shall lead to revocation of the Cleric’s license.
  4. Provided that a full discussion has taken place and full disclosure made of the Cleric’s intentions in the arena of Public Office, the Bishop may in consultation with the Synod of Bishops, grant the Cleric to hold a Permission to Officiate (POT) with the following conditions.
  • 4.1 The Cleric shall not be licensed to any formal office of ministry in the Diocese but may function on an occasional basis.
  • 4.2 The Cleric may exercise such ministerial duties, only when invited to do so by competent ecclesiastical authority, on an occasional basis.
  • 4.3 The Bishop shall inform the Diocese of the new status of the Cleric concerned i.e. that the Cleric holds a PTO and may be invited to exercise legitimate priestly ministry on an occasional basis.

Categories
Provincial Notices

New Bishop of Table Bay elected

The Ven Joshua Louw, Archdeacon of the Waterfront in Cape Town, has been elected the new Bishop-elect of Table Bay.

Bishop-elect Louw was chosen on the third ballot in an Electoral College for the Diocese of Cape Town, held at the Synod of Bishops in Gauteng.

The Bishops considered seven candidates for election, four of them women.

Provincial Executive Office

Categories
Provincial Notices

The Rt Revd Mlibo Ngewu, RIP

It is with a heavy heart, and following consultation with Mrs Mpumi Ngewu, that I announce the death of Bishop Mlibo Ngewu, formerly of Mzimvubu. 

On behalf of the Synod of Bishops — now in session — my wife Lungi, my family and the whole of ACSA, we send our heartfelt condolences to the family. 

Mlibo will buried on Friday, the 21st February 2020 from Qumbu parish. The requiem will start at 11 am. 

Please continue to pray for Mpumi and the children and whole family as they mourn the loss of Bishop Mlibo .

The Most Revd Thabo Makgoba

Archbishop and Metropolitan

Categories
Provincial Notices

Staff vacancy at TEE College

TEE College is looking to appoint an academic programme coordinator with responsibility for the Diploma in Theology programme. The person in this role is responsible for the preparation, delivery, and review of this programme in the distance-mode.

Advantages will be:

  •  Membership of one of the College’s partner churches and experience with both theological education and church-based training for ministry.
  • A qualification and/or experience in higher education.
  • Experience in distance education.
  • Experience in using technology for education.

The position is based in Johannesburg. Job description and application form are available on the College website – www.tee.co.za/vacancies.html

Categories
Provincial Notices

Scam alert from the Bishop of George

Urgent note: Kindly note that there is a hoax message circulating from an unknown email address under the name of Brian Marajh requesting that I need financial assistance.

Please ignore. It does not come from me.

+ Brian George

Categories
Provincial Notices

Publishing Committee news

The Publishing Committee office will be closing from 20 December 2019 to 6 January 2020.   We thank all who supported the office during 2019 and wish you a blessed Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Stock is still available for the following:

Almanac 2020 @  R10

Lectionary 2019-2020  – available in English and isiXhosa  @  R 25

Anglican Diaries 2020  @  R 125

Word and Worship 2020  @ R250

Please send an email to orders@anglicanchurchsa.org.za for a quote. Orders will be dispatched in the New Year.

Canon Cynthia Botha

Categories
Provincial Notices

Acts & Resolutions of Provincial Synod now published

The Acts and Resolutions of Provincial Synod 2019 are now available here:

ACTS AND RESOLUTIONS [download PDF]

Should any spelling errors, omissions or other mistakes be found, please contact the office of the Provincial Executive Officer so that corrections can be made:

PEO: harenz@anglicanchurchsa.org.za
PEO Admin: matlotly@anglicanchurchsa.org.za

OFFICE OF THE PEO

Categories
Provincial Notices

New Bishop of Mzimvubu elected

The Bishops of the Province at the Electoral College of Mzimvubu held 22 September 2019 elected the Rt Revd Tsietsi Seleoane, after the 6th ballot, as the next Bishop of the Diocese of Mzimvubu.

Please pray for Bishop Tsietsi and the Diocese as they prepare to receive their new bishop.

Ven Horace Arenz

Provincial Executive Officer

Categories
Provincial Notices

Synod of Bishops to elect new Bishop of Table Bay

The Diocese of Cape Town at its Elective Assembly on 25 July 2019 failed to Elect a Bishop of Table Bay (Suffragan of Cape Town) and delegated the responsibility to the Synod of Bishops.

The Ven Horace Arenz

Provincial Executive Officer

Categories
Provincial Notices

New Bishop of St Mark the Evangelist elected

Bishop-Elect Luke, third from left, with Elective Assembly officials, Archbishop Thabo and Provincial Executive Officer, the Ven Horace Arenz.

The Archbishop and the PEO, who are in the Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist for the Elective Assembly, have asked me to inform you that Dean Luke Abe Pretorius has been elected as new Bishop of St Mark the Evangelist.

You are requested to pray for Bishop-Elect Pretorius and his family.

Mrs Matlotlisang Mototjane
Provincial Executive Administrator