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Vol 22 No 9


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


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 •  Schori and Ernest at SoB
 •  CoTT celebrates Feast Day
 •  Go Bokke! Go!

Schori and Ernest at SoB

Metropolitan invites two diverse Primates to Synod of Bishops

The Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Thabo Makgoba, as chairman of SoB, has invited, as ‘very special guests’, the controversial Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA (TEC), Katharine Jefferts Schori, to join part of forthcoming meeting of SoB, and Ian Ernest, Archbishop of the Indian Ocean, and current Chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa, to attend both SoB and PSC.

Archbishop Thabo wrote in his latest ‘To the Laos’, “We hope that through sharing in our meetings, and some other brief visits in Cape Town and Gauteng, they will learn more about ACSA, and we can strengthen our relationships within the Anglican Communion and as brothers and sisters in Christ.”

SoB will be taking place as iindaba reaches the parishes, 26 and 27 September, and will be followed by PSC on 28 to 30 September, in Kopanong.

The gathering of bishops, twice a year, is a time of fellowship and encouragement because SoB has no judicial jurisdiction – only Provincial Synod, which meets once every three years, can make binding decisions for the ACSA.

The Archbishop of Cape Town has invited two prominent Anglicans from opposing sides of the coin – Jefferts Schori has continued to allow openly gay couples to be ordained to the ministry whereas Ernest wrote on 13 April 2010 to the Archbishop of Canterbury, “.. you have yourself been amzingly patient with TEC, we as Primates have made our position abundantly clear on occasions without number, some of us going so far as to declare broken or impaired communion with both the TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada. This it seems has been to no avail, as the recent letter to the Primates from the Presiding Bishop of TEC makes clear that a deliberate course has been irrevocably chosen by that church. In it is stated that the intention to proceed with the consecration of a second person living in an actively homosexual partnered relationship and thereby to disregard the mind of the rest of the Communion is “not the decision of one person, or a small group of people. It represents the mind of a majority of elected leaders in The Episcopal Church, lay, clergy, and bishops, who have carefully considered the opinions and feelings of other members of the Anglican Communion as well as the decades-long conversations within this Church.””

It is not only the homosexual issue that has caused these divisions within parts of the Anglican Communion but also what has been termed the Schori heresy. On page 2, iindaba has quoted some instances of Schori’s theology from a two page document sent to it by both Bishop Bethlehem and the Vice-provost of the Cathedral, Dave Doveton.

ACSA is linked with the Diocese of Washington and receives large funding from them.

Pics: Top - The Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
Bottom - The Most Revd Ian Ernest, Archbishop of the Indian Ocean, and current Chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa.

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CoTT celebrates Feast Day
[ Samantha Eagles ]

Over the weekend 6 and 7 August The College of the Transfiguration in Grahamstown celebrated its Feast Day. The week-end started with a Eucharist service on Saturday, followed by a finger lunch. The rector of St Mark and St John in Port Elizabeth, Gill Bowman, who is one of the Board members, presided and the College was blessed by her presence over the week-end.

We are, indeed, very fortunate to have the Bishop of Grahamstown, Ebenezer Ntali, so well disposed towards the College, to the point that he spent a lot of time with us.

Prof Barney Pityana presented us with a very exhilarating vision and the way forward for the College. This is a very exciting time for the College. He shared on the renovations that will take place, new academic programmes and the process that will be used to accomplish the vision. The need for the prayers and support of the wider church, as we are all part of one body and need to stand together in building a better institution which will produce a better quality of clergy was emphasised. This raised a lot of excitement amongst everyone. We trust that by the grace of God the plans for the College will be achieved.

On the Sunday, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu enjoyed himself and marvelled at the exceptional welcome he received from all of us at CoTT. He delivered a most encouraging sermon that got some of the students very excited. He also shared on some of the experiences that he and Barney went through together during the apartheid era. He was genuinely delighted to have been asked to be with us on this occasion.

As the congregation sang the National Anthem, a huge sense of community moved amongst us.

Pic: Prof Barney Pityana, Roy and Gill Bowman, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Dimza Pityana and Samantha Eagles at the CoTT celebrations. 

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Go Bokke! Go!

Rugby fever is part of the SA culture so it wasn’t surprising that the Boks’ win against the All Blacks in PE was celebrated by many at Holy Trinity in Central on the following Sunday. Seen above are a few of the younger members of the congregation sporting their gear! We hope the Boks do well at the World Cup too!


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