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Vol 19 No 3


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

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 •  Council collated
 •  Back to the drawing board

Saint Theresa's Prayer
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God
that you are exactly
where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite
possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you
have received, and pass on the love that
has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you
are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your
bones, and allow your soul the freedom
to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

Council collated
Members of the Bishop’s Consultative Council were collated at a service held in the Cathedral on Wednesday 5 March.

About 100 friends and family of the various members gathered to witness the installation of the Dean, Provost, Archdeacons and Canons. Unfortunately, because most parishes have Eucharist services on Wednesday mornings, very few clergy were able to attend.

The members of the Bishop’s Council are:
  The Dean - Dudley Greenshields
  The Provost - Shane Fraser
  The archdeacons for:
  The Bay - Sharon Nell
  Tsitsikamma - David Grobbelaar
  Kariega - Zweli Tom
  Karoo - Michael Julius

The clergy canons with their portfolios:
  David Stansbury - Mission and Evangelism;
  Mario Hendricks - Social and Economic Development;
  Mike McCoy - Theological Formation;
  Mark Derry - Bishop’s Chaplain.

The lay canons with their portfolios:
  Ethel Schultz Pittaway - Genders Issues;
  Linda Ncaca - Health and Welfare;
  Greg Moses - Diocesan Organisation;
  Vivian Malloy - Environmental and Other Issues.

Pic: Bishop Bethlehem with the members of his Council at the Collation Service.  Missing is David Stansbury. one of the new Canons, who was called away to attend to an emergency.

Back to the drawing board
By the end of the discussion on the Strategic Plan for the Gender Desk, the committee was told to go back to the drawing board and bring a plan that is do-able, defined to ‘here’ and measurable.  

This came out of the small group brainstorming, facilitated by Raymond Hartle, at the first workshop held on Saturday 8 March at St John’s in Walmer. Only 26 people, including two of the clergy, turned up, representing very few of the parishes in the diocese.

Bishop Bethlehem welcomed everyone and introduced the Gender Desk. He was followed by Ethel Schultz Pittaway, one of our new lay canons, who spoke about reconciliation. As Myron Leonard was unable to be present, Ethel’s husband Mike very ably filled the gap. He answered some questions on equality between the sexes and that gifting, salvation, respect and responsibility are shown in scripture to be for both men and women of all races, ages and classes.

The brainstorming session took place after tea and the groups discussed the various points. The consensus was that the plan is viable  but needs a lot of defining as some points are not ‘do-able’ by lay people and others were too wide. 

Pics: 1)  Raymond Hartle was busy preparing his strategy while Bonnie Haya of St Stephen’s, Siyabulelo Tshatshu of St Matthew’s, Irene Meyer and Avril Smith of St Michael’s discussed the Gender Desk Stragegic Plan.  2) Also discussing the Strategic Plan were Bridget Clarke of St Paul’s, Phopho Mayekiso of St Nicholas’ in Charlo and Nomonde Qoto Diocesan President of MU Christian Family Life.

Some points from the Gender Desk brainstorming session:
- There is a great need for prayer around gender issues;
- some of the issues need to be on the Diocesan Intercessory leaflet;
- Research needs to be carried out on sexism;
- when national ‘awareness’ days/weeks are held, clergy should be encouraged to preach on those subjects;
- Conferences are needed on various subjects such as women and child abuse etc;
- people should be encouraged to tell their stories;
- invite the ‘people with passion’ for the subject of gender to speak at parish events;
- Empowered women and men should encourage others to be empowered;
- Children’s and Teen Churches need to have material to teach awareness;
- Church must not pass the buck to schools but should be leading the way (Grade 2s in school are being taught to be ‘aware’ of abuse);
- The church needs to be brave and speak out on issues;

 The question was asked, “Is there a place for exclusive groups eg MU, AWF, CMS and Bernard Mizeki in the church?”

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