The Rt Revd Joel A Pachao
The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep but the hired servant, the mercenary runs for his life and abandons the sheep when he sees the wolf attacking the flock because the sheep do not belong to him. It is not always easy to be a good shepherd. It can be a strenuous, draining ministry and the only way we can be faithful shepherds is by sitting at the feet of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
The bishops of Sudan have called for continuing international pressure on the Government of Sudan and other armed groups to bring an end to violence in Darfur.
Documents: Windsor Continuation Group - Preliminary Observations to the Lambeth Conference (Parts 1, 2 and 3)
We, the Sudanese Bishops gathering at the Lambeth Conference, would like, on behalf of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS) and the whole Sudanese people, to acknowledge and appreciate your prayers and support during the 21 years of war in Southern Sudan and in reaching the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/ Army (SPLM/A) on 9th January 2005.
What parent would not want to give their child an opportunity for a better life? As a migrant farm worker, 7-year-old Nagesh’s father could not afford to feed his family, so when a man offered Nagesh a part-time job in the tourist industry, the father quickly agreed...
Linda Baines had been asked to come up with an art activity that the Spouses could do together. In order to help her thinking she had been looking at the ‘I ams’ from John’s Gospel which were to be the basis of the Bible studies.
Engaging with a Multi-Faith World: The Bishop, Christian Witness and Other Faiths
Daniel Deng Bul Yak, Archbishop of Sudan. John Chew, Archbishop of South East Asia
P.K. Samantaroy, Bishop of Amritsar, North India. Profile: Photos of Buckingham Palace and the Bishops Group Photo
All three of our Bible readings this morning show us people who suddenly find themselves helpless and threatened. Jesus’ friends on board ship are at risk of drowning as an unexpected storm hits them. The woman dragged before Jesus is not only at risk of being lynched, her shame and guilt are exposed in front of everyone - and this in a society like many that still exist today where ‘social death’ is almost as frightening as literal death for women who lose their honour.
St Dunstans Church, Canterbury, not only welcomed Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, but also several other bishops, for the Sunday Broadcast service on BBC Radio 4 today.
Good is stronger than evil, Light is stronger than darkness, Love is stronger than hate, Life is stronger than death, Victory will be ours because Jesus loves us! This prayer, from Desmond Tutu, began and ended the session in the Spouses Conference on ‘Charged to be God’s peacemakers: situations of conflict’.
Following Sunday’s Celebration of Holy Eucharist in the Cathedral and picnic reception held on the grounds, about forty pilgrims boarded a coach anticipating afternoon tea with the High Sheriff of Kent, Richard Oldfield and his wife Amicia, at their home, Doddington Place.
Almighty God, you call witnesses from every nation and reveal your glory in their lives: make us thankful for their example,
The church will have to provide the necessary moral argument on tackling climate change, where the arguments of politics and economics have failed, the chair of the Anglican Communion Environment Network (ACEN) said today. At a press conference today Bishop of the Diocese of Canberra Goulburn George Browning said that bishops have “no option” but to take up the cause of the environment, “Not because of what the world says, but because it is inherent in our faith”.
In the dialogue following the healing of the man born blind, the Pharisees confront the man saying they are followers of Moses, but he is a follower of this man – Jesus, whom they claim has no pedigree.
“Water colour is like a cat, it wants to go its own way.” Ruth Councell offered this bit of whimsical, yet incisive insight while finishing off a lovely record of the country gardens surrounding her. Friday, one coach driver, one coordinator and two assistants, Lizzie and John Hopthrow, their country home and it’s heart, a small but diaconal team of servers clad in green polo shirts, Self selected Bishop’s Spouses, one interpreter, and a scribe with camera, collected as community to simply be still together.
Kay Goldsworthy, Assistant Bishop of Perth, chaired a session in which both the science and the implications for moral leadership at a time when our very existence is under threat was considered. The principal speaker, Professor Chris Rapley OBE, currently Director of the Science Museum and well known expert on climate change, outlined some of the indisputable evidence:
God of unchangeable power, when you fashioned the world the morning stars sang together and the host of heaven shouted for joy
Safeguarding Creation: The Bishop and the Environment
Ellison Pogo, Archbishop of Melanesia. Winston Halapua, Suffragan Bishop of Polynesia in New Zealand. John Chartres, Bishop of London, UK. Mark McDonald, National Indigenous Bishop, Canada. Profile: Lambeth Chaplaincy Program
Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love
Let me say first of all that I am privileged and I am humbled to be at a conference of so many men and women fro whom I have got the utmost respect, the greatest admiration, and the highest affection.
We are meeting here as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has entrusted to us the responsibility to carry on his Mission: the Mission which was God’s Plan and Purpose of establishing His Kingdom here on earth. It is a Kingdom where Love, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Justice, Peace and Salvation are received, experienced and lived-out.
The bishops of the Anglican Communion yesterday brought streets in central London to a standstill as they marched en masse in a Walk of Witness, accompanied by their spouses from Whitehall to Lambeth Palace. Up to 1,500 people walked, and many carried placards urging governments to keep their promise to meet the Millennium Development Goals.