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Vol 21 No 9
October
2010

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

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 •  FCA Conference for PE
 •  Tutu visits Emmanuel Haven to launch community radio
 •  Pray for Provincial Synod

FCA Conference for PE

The annual conference of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) takes place at St Saviour’s Church, Walmer, from 16h00 Wednesday 27 to midday Friday 29 October.

The conference will focus on the “The Gospel, Culture and Mission” as well charting the way forward for Orthodox Anglicanism in this region.

Speakers will include

Archbishop Dr Eliud Wabukala of Kenya - a member of the GAFCON Primate’s council.

Bishop Dr Joseph Lawrence, Bishop of Nandyal Diocese - a member of the Theological Resource Group of GAFCON.

Bishop Lawrence is a mission activist. He has a great story to share about the way he has seen evangelism, church planting and transformational development take off in his diocese which is the only entirely SPG/Anglican diocese in the Church of South India and resisted joining it from 1947 to 1972.

Canon Dr Vinay Samuel - founder and past Executive Director of Oxford Centre of Mission Studies.

He is recognized internationally as a missiologist and theologian. Dr Samuel’s commitment to equipping leadership in the field of development has grown into the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS), a training centre for mission practitioners from the Global South. Canon Dr Chris Sugden, Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream. At the launch of the FCA South Africa, Canon Dr Vinay Samuel of India told participants:

“Can you bring the biblical resources of faith to shape the heart of South Africa’s agenda. Will its agenda be shaped by simply an ideology of rights and use the iconic status of leaders such as Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela to silence any other view? That is not a great gift to the world from South Africa. You will draw on the best of South Africa’s journey of social transformation. But you are called to the prophetic stance of the obedient disciple, rather than the stance of political people who have become messianic with the new universal of human rights which is now being imposed, claiming that these rights are self-evident – and if the Bible teaches anything different it is to be rejected. They own the Bible, and claim the Holy Spirit, for the service of this ideology. That is based on power, not on obedience.”

The Jerusalem declaration and statement restates what the Anglican church has always affirmed. Its importance for Anglicans is summed up by the many who said that Gafcon Jerusalem 2008 was one of the most significant weeks of their lives, the most fulfilling Anglican Conference they had attended, and where they discovered the reality of the global Anglican fellowship, united in seeking to live in obedience to the Bible.

Enquiries and registration:
11h00 on the day or on http://www.anglican-mainstream.org.za/?page_id=1169

Pics: from top to bottom
Archbishop Dr Eliud Wabukala of Kenya
Dr Joseph Lawrence, Bishop of Nandyal Diocese
Canon Dr Vinay Samuel
Canon Dr Chris Sugden 

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Tutu visits Emmanuel Haven to launch community radio
[ Nzwaki Magxaka ]

Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu visited the Emmanuel Haven in Motherwell on 14 July to launch a community radio station which will educate residents about HIV/AIDs.

He shared a message of hope with the workers, donors and patients, praising them for their effort in this sphere. Present were members of the Anglican Women’s Fellowship of St Matthews, KwaMagxaki, who had donated R1 000 as part of their outreach programme. They related how Dorcas was brought up in a city where the social life was about fishing, farming and other business. Dorcas allowed herself to be used as a weapon of mercy.

Emmanuel Haven is an AWF project which also challenges other branches to get involved in social outreach.

Gifts donated
Members of the AWF had visited the Haven on 8 June to donate art ... such as colourful powder paints, brushes, charts and koki pens for the grade R classes.

Also present were members of the MU Christian Family Life of St Matthias in Motherwell who donated a number of aprons for the pupils to use during their art classes.

Pic: At the launch of the community radio station at Emmanuel Haven, Motherwell were Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with Bishop Bethlehem and members of the AWF of St Matthews including selfsupporting priest and principal of the pre-school Nontsikelelo Memese.

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Pray for Provincial Synod

29 September to 2 October at the Kopanong Centre in Benoni

Our representatives are:
Clergy: Ruth Brandt, Mike McCoy, Gill Bowman.
Lay reps: Roger Scharges, Charles Qoto, Jenny Watson.

Provincial Synod is the highest legislative body in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and therefore needs to be steeped in prayer. Iindaba calls on the people of this diocese to cover it with prayer ...beginning now! Pray that, like Paul, the final analysis will be, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and us.” The Synod of Bishops (or Episcopal Synod) does not have legislative power and any decisions the bishops may take are not ‘law’ and have to be debated at Provincial Synod to come into effect because our church allows for the lay people and ordinary clergy to be part of the decision making.

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