(This week ACNS staff have been in Dublin supporting the Primates' Meeting, so this week's review will be a little lighter than usual.)
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President Kagame attends enthronement of Archbishop Rwaje – Kigali, January 23, 2011
President Kagame today attended the enthronement of Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje of the Anglican Church as the new Archbishop of the Gasabo Diocese, taking over from Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini who is going for retirement. In his speech at the function that was held at the Kigali Independent University (ULK), President Kagame congratulated Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje for being chosen to lead Gasabo Diocese and said that this shows the confidence that the Church has in him after ably heading Byumba Diocese.
President Kagame commended Archbishop Kolini for what he has achieved during his tenure as head of the Gasabo Diocese and said that although he was retiring, this did not mean that he was going out of the system completely because the nation and the Church still need him. About the contribution of Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, President Kagame said: “Archbishop Kolini played a big role in fostering unity and reconciliation, conflict resolution, bringing about inter-religious cooperation and promoting the wellbeing of Rwandans among other things.”
President Kagame said that Archbishop Rwaje, would fit in Archbishop Kolini’s shoes quite well because the two have similar understanding and objectives for the people of Rwanda. “In spite of our different capacities, we should work towards the same objectives as Christians, Rwandans, Africans and as global citizens. God wants us to live well in this world and if we work towards make the lives of our people better, we will be fulfilling God’s wish,” President Kagame said.
President Kagame reiterated the need for religious leaders to complement the work of Government and said he appreciates what the Anglican Church is doing. President Kagame said that if this country is to achieve its objectives, people have to have a good understanding of issues. President Kgame pledged Government support to the Anglican Church and the new Archbishop of Gasabo Diocese.
[Editor's note: Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje is now the new Primate of L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda]
Opening of new cathedral for Burundi
By communications staff of the Province of Burundi
On 19th December 2010 Bujumbura diocese’s new Cathedral Church of Holy Trinity was officially inaugurated in the presence of His Excellence Peter Nkurunziza, President of Burundi, and other dignitaries. The service was attended by the Archbishop and Bishops of the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi as well as Bishops from Rwanda and Kenya.
The Anglican Archbishop of Tanzania, the Most Rev. Valentine Mokiwa, who preached, reminded the congregation that the building should be a place of refuge, blessing, and transformation for those who gather there. The Bishop of Bujumbura, the Rt. Rev. Pie Ntukamazina, thanked all those who had been involved in the planning, building, and financing of the Cathedral over the 10 year period of construction.
Urgent opportunities in Tanzania
From CMS Australia
Are you interested in supporting missionaries in their work? Are you a trained primary or secondary teacher – or do you know someone who is? Do you have experience in the hospitality industry or as a barista – or do you know someone who does?
Do we have a job for you!
Two of our missionary families in Tanzania urgently need home-schooling support. There are opportunities for other ministry in English. These are great situations with wonderful people. Each family has a home-schooling syllabus that can be followed. Helpers are needed from January 2011 for up to 12 months (or even two years if you are able).
Amy Vink is involved with a Mothers' Union project assisting women and children in need through church-based preschools. It is called the Rehema (Mercy) Project.
To raise funds for this they are going to run a coffee shop aimed at foreigners. They have the coffee machine and would love some short-termers (been a McDonald's employee?!) who could come for three, six or 12 months to run the cafe, but more importantly to train locals in hospitality skills and thus equip them to run this cafe independently.
For more information, contact CMS-A Mission Personnel Secretary Faith Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episcopal Church launches video ministry project
Identifying 'characteristics of healthy churches'By Episcopal News Service staff, January 26, 2011
"This is a parish that is deeply committed to its neighborhood on all levels," said the Rev. Bob Honeychurch, the Episcopal Church's officer for congregational vitality, in a Jan. 26 press release from the church's Office of Communication.
Christ Church is the first of five Episcopal churches to be featured in "Transforming Churches, Changing the World," a video project produced by the Office of Communication, the release said.
The first video is available here. A new video will be released each month through May. The purpose of the video project is to present identifying characteristics of healthy churches, with a focus on ministry and outreach, according to the release.
"In the 'Transforming Churches, Changing the World' series," Honeychurch said, "we are intentional about identifying characteristics of Episcopal congregations across the church which have demonstrated a hands-on approach to being more accessible to the wider community. They have a sense of themselves that is so compelling to non-church members that it appeals to that ministry."
"This series will be a cornerstone for congregations of all sizes to learn what impact they can make in the lives of their community," he added.
Originally, the film crew set out to identify a pattern; something that could be modeled, but in the end found that each church was "wildly different" -- from the way it worshipped to the congregation's makeup and the way it attracted new members, said Mike Collins, the church's director of digital media, in the release.
"This was an opportunity to really spotlight great work that is being done in the Episcopal Church today," he said. "'Transforming Churches, Changing the World' is a series of positive stories about how these specific churches are thriving, finding and retaining new members and making a positive impact in their local contexts."
"It really is about learning about practices of churches," Collins added, "We are creating a series of stories that shows we are one church in over 7,000 places. We are one church with 7,000 stories told in their own ways."
The Christ Church video focuses on "The Bridge" a program aimed at connecting life and faith through action and ministry, according to the release.
Also know as "The Nation's Church," Christ Church, founded in 1695, is the burial site of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence and five signers of the U.S. Constitution, including Benjamin Franklin. It was the first parish of the Church of England in Pennsylvania and the birthplace of the Episcopal Church in America. The first General Convention of the Episcopal Church was held there and the first presiding bishop served as its rector.
"We have just as much future as we have past," the Rev. Timothy B. Safford, Christ Church's rector, says in the video.
PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
A little light relief...
Dave Walker is a cartoonist for the English publication The Church Times. He draws his thoughts about Church of England, and occasionally, Communion life. Whether you find him funny or outrageous, he is always though-provoking. http://www.cartoonchurch.com
ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER Click here for the full ACP
Psalm: 37: 3-8 I Cor. 3: 10-23
Lusaka - (Central Africa) The Rt Revd David Njovu
Psalm: 145: 17-end I Cor. 4: 1-13
Luwero - (Uganda) The Rt Revd Evans Mukasa Kisekka
Psalm: 1 Prov. 1: 20-33
Lweru - (Tanzania) The Rt Revd Jackton Yeremiah Lugumira
Psalm: 103: 13-18 Prov. 2: 1-15
Machakos - (Kenya) The Rt Revd Joseph Mutie Kanuku
Wednesday 02-Feb-2011 The Presentation of our Lord: Candlemas
Psalm: 32: 1-8 Prov. 3: 1-10
Madhya Kerala - (South India) The Rt Revd Thomas Samuel
Psalm: 50: 1-6 Prov. 4
Madi & West Nile - (Uganda) The Rt Revd Joel Obetia
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