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Vol 17 No 10
November
2006

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The official gazette of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth:
Anglican Church of Southern Africa

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 •  AWF turns 40
 •  A retreat with a difference
 •  We’re not ACSA


AWF turns 40

The Anglican Women’s Fellowship turned 40 this year and celebrated the event at their Provincial Council Meeting in Port Elizabeth during September.

They had spared no expense for the celebration, with the hall, tables and chairs all decked out in white drapes, interspersed with fairy lights. Delegates from 22 dioceses attended as well as many observers, making a contingent of 87 people. 

Thursday 28 September was set aside for the main celebration with the Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern African giving the Kay Barron Memorial Lecture. The delegates looked wonderful wearing the traditional clothes of the tribal area from which they came (Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland included). Enjoying the celebration were past Provincial President, Pat Gorvalla, with three of our past Diocesan Presidents, Joan Newsham, Myrtle Koen and Torian Burgins. Former chaplain Jean Underwood and former Executive member Joan Evans were present too. There was song and dance and various past members received icon awards. The Ledonga Awards went to projects in the George, Cape Town and Grahamstown dioceses.

New Provincial President

On the Friday elections were held for the choosing of the new AWF Executive Committee. Having served her four year term of office as Provincial President,  Lillian Daniels vacated her position, and Rachel Overmeyer of the Diocese of Cape Town was elected to the position. The out-going President gave her report as did the treasurer, and the editor of Contact. Reports from the dioceses were discussed and good ideas noted for delegates to introduce into their dioceses.

The venue was Dower College in West End, and the Executive Committee met for the first two days, followed by the Provincial Council meeting. There was much consternation when on the second day water was cut and not restored for three days.

Patriarchy bad for women

In the Kay Barron lecture, Archbishop Ndungane spoke on the bad effects patriarchy had had on both women and men. “In opposing patriarchy, we are not opposing men. Patriarchy has been bad for women - but it has also been bad for men.”

The church must not lag behind society in recognising, asserting and affirming the dignity of women and their equal place in society, said Archbishop Njongonkulu. He admitted that the patriarchy within the church has conspired with the patriarchy within our societies and culture, with the end result that women are treated as second class or inferior. Despite the fact that the Anglican Church has come a long way in promoting the equality of women, the church needs to look at the way it still organises church life, said the Archbishop. “Are we guilty of reinforcing unhelpful stereotypes of what men and women are like? The church should be a place where every person should feel free to become the individual God created them to be,” he said, and that boys and young men need to be taught to grow up respecting girls and young women, and young women need to be taught that they have the right to be treated with respect.

The Archbishop said that material used in Sunday schools and confirmation classes, and the way it is taught, needs to be re-examined, and clergy need to be better trained to support both men and women.

“The Church must take a strong stand to support the equal position of women in every area of our nations,” he said.

Pic: The old and the new - The new AWF Provincial President,  Rachel Overmeyer, (right), is with Sharon Nell the Diocesan Chaplain, Lillian Daniels the out-going Provincial President and Bishop Bethlehem.


A retreat with a difference
Fiona Esterhuysen, from St Mark’s in Humansdorp, reports on a self-supporting clergy retreat which was “altogether different and very spiritual.”

The retreat was led by Mike McCoy, a self-supporting assistant priest at St Hugh’s, and was held from 11 - 13 August at St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre. Eleven of us from parishes as far apart as Humansdorp, Cradock and Middelburg joined with those from Port Elizabeth. It was great to meet up with old friends and put faces to names of others.

Mike very skilfully took us on a spiritual journey from “Beginnings” and “Becomings”, “Belongings” and “Losings”, to “Celebrations” and “Goings”, with  scriptures from Luke and Isaiah. He read stories and poetry and the whole weekend was under-girded with music ranging from Dvorak, Bach and Handel, to Billy Joel, Johnny Clegg and Ladysmith Black Mambazo ... yes, genuine! For the Eucharist there were no bells, no smells, but the celebrant accompanied us on his trumpet.

It was altogether very different and very spiritual. Mike gave us much upon which to ponder and meditate. We owe him a debt of gratitude for the tremendous effort he contributed from his side.

Pic: Learning curve - Self-supporting clergy who enjoyed the retreat.


We’re NOT ACSA
iindaba has been notified that the acronym ACSA is registered to Airports Company of South Africa so cannot be used by the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

We also understand that ACoSA belongs to Associated Clubs of Southern Africa.. So, readers, be ready for the “Full Monty”, well, not quite ... but, the FULL name will have to be spelled out every time we refer to the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

ACSA
The newly re-named Anglican Church of Southern Africa (formerly the CPSA) now has the same initials as the Airports Company of South Africa - ACSA.

Here is a brief guide for those who may be wondering what differences there are between the services of the earlier ACSA and our new "ACSA":

• we only deal in one-way tickets, with no destination hopping (Luke 16:26).

• no forms / interviews / photos / letters / fees are required for visas and permits ... knowing the right person will get you there (1 Jn 5:11-12).

• no staring at departure-boards and waiting ... waiting ... waiting for take-offs and connections - departures are imminent and unannounced, be ready! (Mk 13:26-27, 33).

• we don’t lose your luggage - because you can’t bring any! Not even hand-luggage is allowed (Job 1:21).

• no exorbitant rates for first-class or jam-packed economy class  (James 2:3-4).

• our pilot doesn’t sit behind a locked door. In fact, he comes knocking on your door (Rev 3:20).

Enjoy your flight (Rev 3:21; Mt 25:21).

... but remember, it is the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, not ACSA, you belong to when filling in census etc forms!.

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