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A recent ordination service in Gitega.
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Food being distributed by Action of Churches Together at ACT at Gatumba.
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Archbishop's Travels; TEAM Conference; New Canon; UNCSW; News in Brief
EAB Press April 2007 Edition
EAB PRESS 070406-1
April 6, 2007

[EAB Press - Burundi] 


The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi has attended several meetings recently
* the Primates meeting in Tanzania that included a historic service in Zanzibar cathedral to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in areas under British rule, and at which Mrs. Hellen Wangusa was admitted and welcomed as the new Anglican observer at the U.N. (The Communique issued by the Primates can be found on the Anglican Communion website.)
* the 22nd annual conference of the Consortium of Endowed Parishes in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, entitled "Centering on Christ, Open to the Spirit."
* the CAPA HIV/AIDS TB and Malaria strategic planning in Nairobi that was also attended by Mathias Nkurunziza and from which came CAPA's second 5-year plan.

Team Conference

Ten representatives from the Province attended the Towards Effective Anglican Mission (TEAM) conference based on Prophetic Witness, Social Development and HIV and AIDS held in Boksburg, S. Africa in March.

They joined more than 400 delegates from 30 of the Anglican Communion's 38 provinces to review the response of the church to the Millennium Development Goals and analyse its common mission.

Bishop Pie Ntukamazina spoke at a seminar on the effect of armed conflict on resources for development and social equity, and Claudette Kigeme spoke at a seminar on investing in human security to prevent conflict and promote peace building.

Rev. Pedaculi Birakengana said on their return, "The importance of networking on behalf of the poor has been highlighted by this conference."

Congratulations and Farewell

A special service, followed by a reception, was held in Matana on the 25th March at which Rev Roger Bowen was made a Canon of St Peter's Cathedral.

He and his wife, Miranda, were thanked for their work over the past 2 years as CMS mission partners. Roger has taught at Matana Theological Institute and Miranda has supported the work of the diocese particularly in the area of HIV and AIDS. The Province wishes them well as they return to the UK.


Claudette Kigeme and Mathilde Nkwirikiye attended the 51st session of the UNCSW in New York on the theme "the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child." In a statement the group of girl delegates challenged the church to use its power to raise awareness of the status of women and girls around the world.


** Thirteen deacons and one priest were ordained by Bishop John Nduwayo on 18th February in St. Luke's Cathedral, Gitega.
** Action of Churches Together has distributed 10kg maize, 10 kg beans, 1 blanket, and 1 kg milk for children, to approx. 1900 households
** The Province expresses sympathy to the wife and family of Rev. Canon Timothy Ngendanzi who died recently at the age of 85. Ordained deacon in 1965 and priest in 1967 he served in several dioceses. His funeral was held in Matana on 21st March.
** At the recent general Assembly of the National Council of Churches Muyinga diocese was accepted as a member.
** Dr Kevin Ward, a lecturer at Leeds University, visited the Province in order to research the history of the Rwanda Mission.

The Province Wishes You a Very Happy Easter