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Vol 17 No 3


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

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 •  Easter 2006
 •  TEENET director in PE
 •  Blue Crane Hospice opened
 •  The Bishop is relocating
 •  New masthead

Easter 2006

For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.
1 Corinthians 5:7 

"This is my body, given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
"This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you  drink it, in remembrance of me."
1 Corinthians 11:24 & 25

Pic: The Afikomon or The broken Matzah

TEENET director in PE
While in SA for the 30th anniversary celebration of the Theological Education by Extension College, Gary Kush, the director of TEENET, visited PE.

He is spending three months in the country travelling, not only to the large cities, but also to many rural areas, helping to upgrade the use of technology for theological education. He is also writing material to help train the markers and tutors, while teaching others how to do media work. 

Gary also hopes to  produce some training DVDs. He is looking at the cost of producing quality on-line courses. He feels this route will give the ‘best return for the dollar’. 

“SA has a model programme, and the impact is far larger than in other places,” he said. He added: “Anglicans continue to be leaders in theological education.”

Gary comes from Phoenix, Arizona in the USA, and became involved in TEE after visiting Ross F Kinsler in South America during the 1970s, soon after he had begun using this method of teaching there. During 1998 Gary attended the World Consultation on Technology and Theology.

TEENET is a global network of people doing contextual, community-based education. The web site is visited by about 4 000 people every week.

See page 4 for an article on TEE and the history of the TEE College in South Africa, together with contact details.

Pic: Talking theology - Gary Kush (left), the director of TEENET, discusses a point with Howard Lancaster, local co-ordinator for TEE.

Blue Crane Hospice opened
Many months of running around, attending meetings and just plain hard slog came to fruition on Friday night 24 February when the Blue Crane Hospice in Somerset East was launched.

Director and chaplain to the hospice is Jean Underwood, a self-supporting priest who is helping with the township churches in Somerset East, Cookhouse and Golden Valley until they get a priest. She has been the one to push forward with the dream of providing palliative care to this very poor area with its high incidence of HIV/AIDS.

The Chairman, outgoing mayor, Clr Heidi Mjadu, welcomed the guests and said he felt it was a blessing to have so many clergy at the launch and involved in the work. He told the guests and carers, “You don’t join the team at hospice for fun. It’s about life! Everyone of us in the Blue Crane area needs to make sure that this is our own. We need to say ‘I want to do this for the ill, not for myself'.”

Lesley Lawson, the matron of St Francis Hospice in Port Elizabeth, was the guest speaker. She spoke of the hard work ahead, being open to challenge at all times, and the need for team work. “The needs are so many that no one person can do it alone. The words ‘care, compassion and calling’ sum it up. It is very much about expertise, as patients are on their way to death, and you will be helping them to ‘live’ until the end,” she said. She gave many words of wisdom to help the team, and said the challenge is to ‘keep on keeping on’.Vee Nyati, of the Hospice Palliative Care Association, congratulated the team on being up and running so soon.  Liesel Douglas, the mentor-coordinator of Hospice Palliative Care, also emphasised the need for team work.

Flowers and food
The youth hall, where the function was held, was beautifully decorated with large vases of flowers arranged by Pru Cloete, Heather Lappan and Joan van Aardt, as well as polystyrene butterflies (the hospice symbol) hanging from ivy. The butterflies were made by an adult special needs therapy group run by Esmé Senekal. The delicious food, the use of the hall, and all the entertainment was donated to the hospice. The guests included the mayor and some of the council members, many of the local clergy, Friends of the Hospice, and the staff and caregivers.

With Jean at the helm, everything came together far sooner than anyone had expected. She was given a lot of support by many members of All Saints’ United Church, especially the women in her Bible study

The hospice needs a lot of support from the wider church. Anyone wishing to contribute can contact the hospice office during the morning at 042 243 3149.

Pics: Top - In the beginning - At the launch dinner were three of the main spokes in getting the wheel of the Blue Crane Hospice moving  - Vee Nyati, Lesley Lawson, and Jean Underwood.  Bottom - All things bright and beautiful - Hospice secretary, Esmé Senekal, joined Jean Underwood in admiring the artwork done by school children to brighten up the office.

The Bishop is relocating
At the end of March Bishop Bethlehem and the family will relocate to 4 Torquay Street, Summerstrand.

When iindaba spoke to Bishop Bethlehem he said, "The family love the sea, so they are very pleased about moving closer to it. However, one disadvantage is that there is no chapel at the house, so I am thinking of how we can find the funds to build one. I am praying about it and asking the diocese to pray too. The other thing is that I'll miss the Friday morning fellowship with all those who have been joining me at the service in my chapel. I'm not sure they will be able to travel all the way to Summerstrand."

The house in Torquay street belonged to St Margaret's, but was no longer used as the rectory.

As soon as the new telephone number is available it will be sent to all the parishes, and will appear in the next issue of iindaba.

New masthead
Last month iindaba unveiled our exciting new masthead.

It was created by Luvuyo Booi of CADAR. We feel it has a more ethnic look. We were thrilled by a remark  made by one of the committee members, retired priest and editor of ContactOnLine, David MacGregor, who said he was thrilled to note that it has 'the Trinity' in it.

Unfortunately, in the excitement and rush to put it in place in the previous issue the editor changed the issue number ... but not the month!! Apologies to those who were confused.

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