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Vol 22 No 2


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


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 •  The Codex Sinaiticus in facsimile
 •  The Way of Balaam
 •  How far we've come
 •  Clergy photos and profiles
 •  RSCM Weekend with Dr Richard Cock
 •  FCA Report-back

The Codex Sinaiticus in facsimile

‘The Codex Sinaiticus is one of the world’s greatest written treasures‘ says Dr Scot McKendrick, Head of Western Manuscripts at the British Library

Codex Sinaiticus: the world’s oldest Bible, published in facsimile - A facsimile has now been created under the auspices of The British Library and published by Hendrickson, the world’s leading publisher of Bibles.

One of the most remarkable and famous of all manuscripts, the Codex Sinaiticus is the oldest and one of the most complete Bibles in existence. It is astonishingly well preserved, and its austere beauty is a testament to the skills and dedication of the early Christians. Created midway through the 4th century, just a few years after Constantine’s conversion halted the persecution of Christians, the Codex stands as witness to an epoch which formed Christianity as we know it.

The Codex Sinaiticus contains much of the Old Testament in the Greek translation known as the Septuagint, which includes the books of the Apocrypha, except for 2 and 3 Maccabees. Was this because the scribes had no exemplar to copy? Or did they consider them inappropriate for inclusion? The Codex Sinaiticus also contains two early Christian texts not in our New Testament: The Epistle of Barnabas and the Shepherd of Hermas. All these extra writings were regarded as special and edifying for Christians, but not suitable to be read aloud in church worship. The collection is therefore a one-volume Christian library. Whether we are examining large-scale differences from the Bible as we know it today, or small, but revealing textual variations, to see the Codex Sinaiticus is to see a stage in the development of Christian theology, and be privy to the process through which a collection of early Christian records became a body of sacred texts.

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The Way of Balaam

False teachers and the re- appearance of ancient Gnostic beliefs
© David E Doveton, Mauritius 2010
130 pages; endnotes and selected bibliography

“In his book “The Way of Baalam”, Canon Dave Doveton shows, with great knowledge and skill, how the ancient heresy of Gnosticism is invading both the culture and the Church with devastating effects on moral and social life of our modern world as well as on the ability of many church leaders to maintain the truth of the Gospel. His timely call for clarity of speech and faithfulness of action by Christians in our time needs to be heard throughout the Church”.

– Dr Peter Jones; Adjunct Professor, Westminster Seminary, California.

Dave Doveton is Canon Theologian and Director of the Training Centre for Ministries and Community Development in the Anglican Diocese of Mauritius, part of the Anglican Province of the Indian Ocean. An Anglican priest, Dave exercises a teaching and pastoral ministry. He has previously served in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, and taught at the theological seminaries of St Bede’s College and the College of the Transfiguration. In The Way of Balaam he examines how the same pagan teachings which infiltrated the church in the first 3 centuries are making a re-appearance today.

Foreword: Archbishop Ian Ernest
Introduction: The Way of Balaam and the implosion of the Western Church
1 The Quest
2 Enter the goddess
3 Gnostic Doctrines Part 1
4 Gnostic Doctrines Part 2
5 The Coming Chaos
6 Called to shine as lights in the darkness

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How far we've come

Retired priest Peter Bowen sent iindaba some 1970 correspondence he’d found concerning stipends and he remarks, “One can see how far we have come since then … do folk know what our clergy are paid these days?”

At that time the stipends were:
Priest in charge R1 260 per annum or R105 per month
Assistant curate R1 000 pa or R83 pm
Deacon R800 pa or R66,60 pm

So what do our clergy get per month at present? First of all, all are paid the same stipend with an extra small ‘years of service’ amount each month.
So basic monthly stipend is: R8 593 pm
plus travel allowance of R4 800
Total R13 393 pm

Add to the package:
A house ±R3 500 (approximately what the average rent for most rectories would bring in)
Water, lights and rates ±R1 000
Telephone ±R500
Total: R18 393 pm (R220 716 pa)

Plus the Easter Offering (±R10 000?) which is given to the rector (Pentecost to the assistants) and very generous Christmas gifts. This sounds like quite a good package to iindaba and it is well above what probably 80% of the members of this diocese earn per month.

Then there are extras that some parishes give to their clergy, such as:
Help in upgrading their Medical Aid contribution ±R600 pm
Help with own home payments – iindaba understands that some clergy are being helped with Bond payments to the tune of R7 000 pm ... which means that those clergy are ‘earning’ a package of well over R20 000 per month.
There are other ‘little’ perks like garden services, domestic help, assistance with house insurance, help with their pension contribution etc which one hears are part of the ‘extras’ some parishes also give ...
which means the diocese has indeed come a long way in the past 40 years ... and it means that our clergy receive a very good package.

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Clergy photos and profiles

iindaba would like to feature all the clergy who missed the special December issue. Please will they send a photo of themselves (and spouse if relevant) plus a short profile of themselves and their family to iindaba before 4 March. Those who missed the Dec issue include:
Maria Allens; Elliott Banzana; George Bode; Ben Botha; Peter Bryant; Ernest Cengani; Dominic Dube; Ben Durham; Rudi Marais, Elliot Masoka; Lovemore Mofu; Wayne Potgieter and Luyana Tuku. Carole Meyer has already submitted her copy to iindaba. Hopefully the diocesan office staff will also be featured at the same time.

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RSCM Weekend with Dr Richard Cock

The Eastern Cape Branch of the Royal School of Church Music is delighted to announce that Dr Richard Cock will be directing two special events at St Mary’s Cathedral during the last weekend of February.

Tim Lees, Justin Stone and Romano Jonathan will be the organists.

On Saturday 26 February, Richard will be conducting an all day workshop which will culminate in the 8th Annual Thanksgiving Service of the RSCM.

The cost will be R45, which includes music, tuition, tea and a midday snack. Registration will be at 09h00 and the Thanksgiving service will begin at 16h30. Choir robes and black shoes are to be worn. If you do not have a choir robe, please wear black pants/skirt and a white top; school-goers to wear their uniforms.

On Sunday 27 February, choir leaders (church, school or secular) as well as any other interested persons, will have a chance to observe Richard in action as he rehearses the Cathedral Choir for the service of Evensong.

The rehearsal will start at 14h30 and Evensong will be at 17h00. There will be no charge for attending the open rehearsal. A collection will be taken during Evensong. Even if you don’t wish to participate, please do come along as a member of the congregation.

Enquiries: Jenny Yates
H - 041 373 3311
Cell - 083 453 4449

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FCA Report-back

Members of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans held an open meeting at Holy Trinity in Central on Thursday night 27 January in order to report back on all that has happened since their Conference held here at the end of October last year. The Revd Dr Chris Sugden and the Revd Dr Vinay Samuel reported on meetings held with various Bishops in ACSA.

Pic: Vinay Samuel discusses a point with Carole Meyer, assistant priest at the Cathedral.

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