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Vol 24 No 10


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


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 •  Glorious celebration
 •  Provincial Synod report
 •  Nothing for Mahala
 •  Praise the Lord

Glorious celebration

St Stephen’s in New Brighton was packed for the celebration of 30 years of ordination of the rector of the College of the Transfiguration, Barney Pityana.

Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane presided and preached at the service which was held on Saturday 7 September. He gave thanks for the gift of Barney as a ‘good and faithful servant’ of the Lord who has utilised his skills. He recalled Barney’s journey in the ministry and the way God has led him saying, “So far, so good, you have done very well … There is no way you can do God’s business your way, you have to do God’s business God’s way … it is a servant ministry.”

The service was followed by a luncheon in the hall and among the guests present were Bishop Malusi Mpulwana of the Ethiopian Episcopal Church, Dr Brigalia Bam, the Rev Dr Mvume Dandala, Canon Luke Pato and the Dean of Grahamstown Cathedral, Andrew Hunter. Bragalia had to step into the gap as guest speaker because two others were unable to attend at the last minute. She spoke of Barney as being very professional in everything he does, not compromising for anyone – not even for family or friends … he had the moral courage to speak out and the country needs the church to be heard on issues such as ethics.

At the close of the afternoon Barney challenged blacks to take responsibility and ownership of the church and CoTT so they can build a clergy with excellence for the future. He appealed for donations for CoTT to be able to improve the buildings needed to house a top-class college of training for future generations.

Pic: Top - Bishop Bethlehem, Canon Prof Barney Pityana, Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane and Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana of the Ethiopian Episcopal Church in Pretoria, outside St Stephen's after the celebrations.

Bottom - Bishops Bethlehem and Malusi bless Barney, his wife and daughter during the service while Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane looks on.

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Provincial Synod report
[ David Stansbury ]

Provincial Synod, the highest decision-making body of ACSA, was held at the Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre from 1-4 October. Each of the 28 dioceses sent three lay and three clergy representatives to debate the resolutions and motions before them.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, the Metropolitan, set the Vision for Provincial Synod and indeed for the Province in his Charge. He stated it like this: ‘Education for a vision- a vision for education’. He embroidered on this slogan with these words: ‘Good education – theological and otherwise- is at the heart of our capacity to grow into our Provincial Vision’.

During Synod five measures to amend our Canons were passed. These can be obtained from the reps (see photograph). Thirty Motions were carried - the most notable being the establishment of an Anglican Canon Law Council which will guide and give counsel to bishops, Trusts Boards and chancellors relating to the execution of their mandates. Another important motion was that of the resolve to see ACSA established as an Eco-province
and every parish moved to become eco-congregations. The motion dealing with Human Sexuality was another important motion carried, whereby the Synod of Bishops was given a mandate and timeframe to complete the work of finalising the guidelines of pastoral ministry in response to Civil Unions. The motion dealing with the Anglican Covenant brought about the ratification of and recommitment to the Anglican Covenant which keeps us (ACSA) in covenant with the rest of the Anglican Communion. There was also a motion tasking dioceses to facilitate actively 50/50 representation by both genders at all Diocesan and Provincial meetings.

We were also addressed by five key-note speakers: Minister Mary Metcalfe of the Gauteng Education Department, Former President Thabo Mbeki, Professor Barney Pityana, Bishop Martin Breytenbach and the Archbishop of Southern Sudan - on the challenges facing his people.

Pic: Our diocesan representatives: Daryll Newton, Archdeacon Zweli Tom, Bishop Bethlehem, Roger Schärges and Charles Qoto. Missing from photo: Clergy reps David Stansbury and Fumanikile Kula. The all-male representation was noted with dismay!

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Nothing for Mahala

Church leaders in Port Elizabeth were invited to attend the pre-release screening of the new Heartlines film “Nothing for Mahala” at Nu Metro cinema in Walmer Park on Wednesday 2 October.

It is a thought-provoking film on ethics, set within the cut-throat business of the property market in Johannesburg. It is very well acted and there is a lot of humour in the telling. It will be screened on TV around February next year and Bible Study notes with a DVD are available from Trevor Jennings or some of the schools - contact Archdeacon Zweli Tom for details.

Pic: Retired priest Roy Snyman tssf receives his copy of Bible Study notes and a film poster from Brian Helsby of Heartlines.

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Praise the Lord

How good it is to sing praise to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make music to our God on the harp.

Ps 147 :1-3 & 7

Don’t forget the Diocesan Family Service
11h30 Sunday 3 November at the Cathedral
All Anglicans within the Diocese are invited
to this service of Praise and Thanksgiving

Please join with the diocesan family in this time of worship.

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