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The Anglican Church of Kenya to Hold A Revival Conference
From the ACK website
Delegates from various parts of the country will be attending the Divince Conference at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi. The revival conference will be held from 24th - 27th May 2012, hosting renowned local and international speakers. Among them is the ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Bishop of Jos Nigeria and other bishops from Kenya.
The day's activities will entail Bible expositions and teachings while the evening sessions from 5.30 to 7.30 pm will entail revival sessions of prayer and worship. A registration fee of Kshs. 500 per participant will be charged to cater for training materials which will be disseminated during the conference.
All denominations have been invited to attend. "Its not just for Anglicans, anyone who needs a new passion for God should attend," said Archbishop Wabukala during a radio interview on the Christian radio Channel Hope FM.
Bishop's commitment to oversee diocesan changes
From the Diocese in Europe website
Bishop Geoffrey has today (14 May 2012) assured clergy and lay leaders that he is committed to serving during the legislative changes planned for streamlining and updating ministry and mission in the Diocese.
Although it would be normal for the Bishop to retire at the age of 70 (his birthday is in February 2013) he has consulted the Archbishop of Canterbury who has concluded that it would be desirable for him to stay on during the process amending the Diocese in Europe Measure and other changes to allow the Church Commissioners to make further grants to the diocese for ministry and mission including the possibility of appointing four full time Archdeacons.
Since Dr Rowan Williams has already announced his retirement it has been agreed that a precise retirement date for Bishop Geoffrey can be agreed, once Dr William’s successor is in post. The legislative changes will be reported at next month’s Diocesan Synod and it is hoped that they will be debated again at General Synod in York during July.
Bishop Dawani Attends Mission LAND Festival in Stuttgart, Germany
Bishop Suheil travelled to Germany this past week to attend the Land Mission Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. The Bishop was one of the main presenters and also gave sermons at two services on Sunday, May 13.
Arriving on Thursday, Bishop Suheil began his visit with meetings with our EMS partners: The Revd Ulrike Schmidt-Hesse, The Revd Klaus Schmid, The Revd Uwe Graebe , and Bernhard Dinkelaker discussing the Schneller Institutions and the good work that is going on in them.
On Friday the official program began with a round table discussion on the ‘Christian Presence in the Middle East’. Bishop Suheil presented his point of view at this discussion, saying ‘The Church is trying very hard to encourage Christians to stay in the Land of the Holy One in order to keep the Christian presence and influence in a place where there is so much need for peace, reconciliation and moderation.’
Saturday was a busy day of meetings and an afternoon panel discussion on the topic -“Salt of the Earth – Christians in the Middle East’. Bishop Suheil gave a presentation and responded to questions from those in attendance. On Sunday, May 13, Bishop Suheil gave the sermon at the morning worship focusing on ‘The Prescription for Peace’. After the service, the Bishop participated in a dialogue about the Christian witness in Germany and discussed his perspective coming from a multi-religious society. He stressed that ‘The work for peace is an important mission for all of us, peace with justice, is burdensome and costly. It is the work of nations, churches, synagogues, mosques. It is the work and the business of every one of us, simply because our Lord asks us to do so.’
It was a pleasure to also have in attendance three German members of parliament. Bishop Suheil also preached at the main service for the Mission Land Festival in the afternoon. The theme of his sermon focused on Matt. 5:13-16 - “Salt of the Earth”. Bishop Suheil said, ‘Christians in the Middle East function as salt and light in the region. They not only preserve the divine message of peace and love among all peoples, but also serve as bridge-builders within their own communities. Interfaith dialogue, mutual respect, and understanding are what we believe in and work for. God uses the church to make the difference in the world.’ Bishop Suheil also gave the Benediction at both services.
The Bishop wrapped up his visit to Germany with a day of visits and returned home on May 15th.
Experts show how to make churches “green”
By Anna Morell, Church in Wales
From solar panels on the roof to biomass boilers in the parsonage – ideas for making churches “green” will be discussed at a conference next week (May 23).
Parishioners will learn how to make their church more energy efficient and sustainable at the event organised by the Church in Wales. Energy experts will talk about technologies such as solar or photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, wood chip boilers and air source heat pumps, as well as practices such as recycling, composting and wildlife conservation schemes. They will see how some of these work by examining case studies from Welsh churches and chapels.
The Welsh Historic Places of Worship Conference 2012 will be take place at St Giles’ Church, Wrexham. It will begin with a keynote address from the Bishop of St Davids, Wyn Evans, who is an authority on historic buildings. The speakers are Keith Jones, environmental practices advisor, National Trust Wales, Dr Simone Lowthe-Thomas, head of community energy, Severn Wye Energy Agency, Brian Cuthbertson, head of environmental challenge at the Church of England and Alex Glanville, head of property services, Church in Wales.
Bishop Wyn said, “Our aim is to promote sustainable working practices throughout churches in Wales and to ensure our parishes and congregations are well informed about this important subject. We hope people who look after historic places of worship, including clergy, churchwardens, congregation members and volunteers, will be inspired by the speakers and the case studies we’ll be looking at.”
The case studies are: • St Joseph’s Church Cwmaman – solar panels and sustainable practices (recycling, nature/arts trails, community projects); • St Giles’ Church Wrexham - recent reordering project (reasons, funding), use of church by community and as an arts/concert venue; • Libanus Chapel Brecon – air source heat pump and external cladding; • St Peter’s Church, Ruthin – photovoltaic panels on the roof. The conference takes place on Wednesday, May 23, 11am - 4pm at St Giles Church Wrexham.
Meanwhile, churches can do a “green audit” to find out how environmentally-friendly they are. Visitors to the Church in Wales’ Church and Environment website can tick a checklist to calculate how well they are doing – from recycling rubbish to serving Fair Trade coffee and making the graveyard a haven for wildlife. They can also find ideas there to improve their score, find out about projects running in other parishes and download prayers and suggestions for services. The website address is: www.churchandenvironment.org.uk
Australia's Anglicare SA advertises for new Chief Executive Officer
From the website of the Anglican Church of Australia
With more than 1,400 staff, 900 volunteers and a turnover of approximately $100m, Anglicare SA is one of the largest and most diverse not-for-profit organisations in South Australia. It provides a range of high quality services to the elderly, homeless, unemployed and financially disadvantaged, enhancing dignity, opportunity and promoting social justice.
This position will suit an accomplished and commercially astute general management professional with experience guiding a comparably complex service entity. Most important will be the strategic thinking, leadership, financial acumen, communication and negotiation skills necessary to perform successfully in the role. Another essential requirement will be a genuine and active connection with the Anglican ethos coupled with warmth, empathy, authenticity and a desire to serve and make a transformational difference.
This is a rare and career defining opportunity and will offer an appropriate remuneration package to secure a unique professional keen to lead a significant organisation making a substantial contribution to the SA community.
For a job and person specification, please visit www.hender.com.au and for further information on our client, please visit www.anglicare-sa.org.au Applications in Word format only should be forwarded to Andrew Reed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone enquiries are welcome and may be directed to Andrew or Bernie Dyer on (08) 8100 8827.
Clergy family flees vicarage fire in Black Saturday
by Mark Brolly on the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne website
A Melbourne clergy family has escaped a fire that destroyed their vicarage this week near an area ravaged by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. The Revd David Sullivan, his wife Cheryl and their children Rachel and Luke, fled their vicarage in Cherry Tree Road, Panton Hill, about 12.30am on Monday 14 May, taking only their dog Lucy and the parish computer.
The cause of the fire has not been determined. Mr Sullivan is Priest-in-Charge of St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Panton Hill, which includes the congregation of St Andrew’s Church in St Andrews. In a message to clergy on the day of the fire, the Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, expressed thanks to God for the safety of the Sullivan family and asked for prayers for them and the parish as they tried to cope with their loss.
Mrs Sullivan said the family, who moved to Panton Hill in 2011, had taken temporary accommodation in a farmhouse at Strathewen, at which Mr Sullivan had blessed a plaque commemorating parish stalwarts Lindsay and Edith Apted the previous day, Mothers’ Day. The Apteds’ adult children, and their eldest and youngest grandchildren, were present for the blessing. She said when one of the Apteds’ daughters, Bronwyn South, heard about the vicarage fire, she offered the Sullivan family the fully furnished farmhouse as temporary accommodation.
“They were so happy that the house, which was being prepared for rental, could be used in this way and we were so happy because it seemed like such a natural thing that the Lord had provided,” Mrs Sullivan said. “The generosity of the people in this area has been extraordinary. We have just been so incredibly well supported. “The people who were affected by the bushfires know what it’s like. We have been overwhelmed by their generosity.”
Mrs Sullivan said the parish’s worship services, at 8.45am and 10.15am every Sunday at Panton Hill and at 6pm on the last Sunday of the month at St Andrews, would continue despite the fire. Panton Hill parish was active in the recovery from the fires under the previous Vicar, the Revd Anne Sells, and her husband, the Revd Graeme Sells, who was appointed bushfire coordinator for the Diocese of Melbourne after Black Saturday.
The parish contacted people to check on their safety and distributed food and water in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. Later, with donations from Anglicans across Australia and volunteers from parishes across Melbourne, it coordinated working bees to clean up properties, distributed 150 patchwork quilts as winter loomed and handed out gardening packs as part of its longer term pastoral care for survivors.
“Send your Holy Spirit to light up our lives” – Torch Relay prayers released
From the Church of England
Two new prayers, released today at www.olympics.churchofengland.org, are to ‘accompany’ the Torch Relay on its tour of England. They will be used by many of the CofE’s 16,000 churches publicly as the Torch makes its 70-day tour of the nation, travelling within an hour of 95 per cent of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.
Composed by the Liturgical Commission, the new Church of England prayers read:
Torch Relay Prayers
as this torch travels our nation,
preparing us to celebrate the skill and determination of
those competing in the Olympic and Paralympic Games,
strengthen us to love you and serve our neighbour
with all the skill and determination you give us,
through Christ, the light of the world. Amen.
As this light travels our nation,
may your light, O God, shine in the hearts of all
who gather to celebrate the energy, skill and dedication of others.
Send your Holy Spirit
to light up our lives
and set our hearts on fire with love for you;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
They are available alongside a free pdf download of liturgical resources for use during the 2012 Games, containing suggested Bible readings, prayers, collects and litanies.
The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton, and Cornwall Methodist District chairman, Revd Steve Wild, will be the first to use one of the new prayers at a special event marking the arrival of the Torch at Land’s End on the evening of Friday, May 18. Bishop Tim and Revd Wild will be kindling a second Prayer Relay torch from a beacon being lit close to Land’s End, at Chapel Carn Brea, to symbolise the Gospel coming into Cornwall via the first Celtic missionaries. Twelve lamps will be lit from the Torch (one for each deanery), and churches from all denominations will then be invited to use the lamps to light an Olympic prayer flame for their own church. Bishop Tim and Revd Wild will conduct a ceremony of blessing for the Prayer Relay’s baton, which is to be handed over from community to community over the following 70 days. Among those involved with these exchanges are the Bishops of Durham, Newcastle and Whitby.
The Prayer Relay is an initiative of More Than Gold, an ecumenical initiative set up by all the main Christian denominations. More Than Gold has released a free guide, Praying During the 70-Day Prayer Relay, to inspire Christians and churches to contribute to a ‘cascade’ of prayer and praise as the Flame travels around the nation; it is available at www.morethangold.org.uk/prayerrelay.
Many churches are planning Torch Relay and Prayer Relay-related events and services. For example, churches across Cornwall will be serving a record number of free cream teas in their local communities; and St Johns Church, Greenhill, Weymouth, will be open for coffee/tea and bacon sandwiches to on-lookers on the morning of 13 July.
Bishop Tim Thornton said: “It is a great privilege to be first in the chain of events and to be able offer a Christian perspective on the passage of the Olympic torch across Cornwall. We are trying to help even the most rural of communities feel part of the action.
“These specially composed prayers are the ideal way to celebrate the Torch Relay as we prepare as a nation for the 2012 Games. I encourage people to pray them over the next 70 days.”
A thought for the day on wealth and poverty
When I read the rich lists - as I did over the weekend - I never quite know what emotion I am expected to feel. Admiration - probably not. Wonder - maybe. Envy - certainly not. But it's a surprise to find that, even in the middle of a long-running economic crisis, the rich manage to continue getting richer. And the poor? There are reports of the growth of food banks and of malnutrition among secondary school children.
In today's society, we struggle with many difficult issues. The bible often does not offer guidance on specific issues. But on the issue of wealth and poverty it’s absolutely clear.
It is the 'love of money which is the root of all evil'. It is the poor in spirit who are blessed. In the early church, the disciples believed the way to live was by holding all things in common.
So I may peep in through the windows of the palaces of the rich. I may instinctively move my modest motor to the left hand lane when executive saloons of the wealthy loom up in my rear view mirror.
But I don't feel envy. To be honest, I'm not that interested. But I do feel these things as justice issues. I’ve watched newspaper editors and owners at the Leveson Enquiry give evidence and I think about the power which wealth bestows. I think about the powerlessness of a certain bank's shareholders. At a recent AGM they mounted a very determined challenge to excessive rewards for bank executives. But they couldn't change anything.
There are two responses to this. The first is practical. Research shows simply that people are happier in societies - like Scandinavia - where there is a more even distribution of wealth. But the second is spiritual - the faith response is that we need to understand our relationship with wealth as a spiritual thing. I believe the love of money is corrosive, divisive and isolating. And poverty? Poverty is not a misfortune but an injustice.
A world without faith would be a disaster, says Tony Blair
From the Catholic Herald
Tony Blair has said at a conference in the Royal Albert Hall that a world without faith would be a disaster.
In an interview in front of more than 4,300 people at an Anglican conference Mr Blair also revealed that he had once been rebuked by an official for proposing to end a speech with the words: “God bless Britain.”
Mr Blair, a former Anglican who became a Catholic in 2007 – less than a year after he stepped down as prime minister – said that faith was vital because it introduced the virtue of humility into societies.
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Welsh bishop publishes diary
David Wilbourne, the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, is publishing a collection of his diaries from his time as vicar of the North Yorkshire market town of Helmsley. And he’s donating the first year’s royalties to a school in Caldicot.
The Helmsley Chronicles collects the best of David’s diary columns which were published in the Church Times over a period of 12 years. They gently celebrate rural and church life in the context of the uncertainties and insecurities of the modern world in a style both humorous and poignant that will delight readers of Yorkshire diarists such as James Herriot and Gervase Phinn.
David left Helmsley in 2009 when he was appointed Assistant Bishop of Llandaff. His book is recommended by the Archbishop of York, Dr David Hope, for whom he served as a chaplain. He said, “David Wilbourne has the uncanny knack of turning his experiences of parish life into prose which is both arresting and entertaining and at times deeply moving, well laced too with a good deal of gentle satire! He wears his learning lightly as he seeks both to debunk and to inform – using snippets from the past to bring life and colour to the present.”
David is donating his first year royalties to the refurbishment of Caldicot School, an 11-18 comprehensive.
The Helmsley Chronicles is published by Darton, Longman and Todd, price £12.99
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