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CONFERENCE NEWS, A NEW PROJECT, THE FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS IN BURUNDI, AND OTHER REPORTS
 
EAB PRESS 100211-4
February 11, 2010

[EAB Press - Burundi] TRINITY INSTITUTE CONFERENCE – 27-29 January 2010 – New York, USA

Building an Ethical Economy: Theology and the Marketplace brought together leading theologians and economists to consider the relationship between economics and Christian belief and action.

The Archbishop, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, preached at the opening service on the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 emphasising the use of all resources, gifts and abilities for the common good and the transformation of the world in contrast to competition and consumerism.

Addressing the conference were Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, theologian Professor Kathryn Tanner, and Cambridge professor Sir Partha Dasgupta.

SYMPATHY

The Province extends sympathy to the family of Canon Joy Ndayisenga, widow of the former Archbishop Samuel Ndayisenga, who died on 28th January 2010 aged 75 years, and to the diocese of Buye. She led Mothers’ Union in the diocese from 1979 and was Provincial MU President from 1998 to 2005.

Sympathy is also extended to the family of Rev. Canon Mark Ruratetereza who died on 17th January at the age of 92 and to those who served with him in the diocese of Gitega.

Also to the family of David Muyemba who died on the 1st January at the age of 75, especially to Leonidas Niyongabo, his son, who works in the Provincial staff as development officer. David helped to build the Church and primary school at Kwishwi in Matana diocese.

BETHESDA PROJECT

On 19th January Muyinga diocese welcomed Steve and Lucy Mcllhenny. They will be helping to establish the Bethesda Project in the diocese over the next two years.

The project involves setting up an inclusive outdoor activity and training centre where able and disabled-bodied people will be able to engage together in challenging activities in order to develop team spirit, and enhance self-esteem and appreciation of others. It is hoped that this will be a catalyst for tackling social exclusion, prejudice and misunderstanding.

The vision for the project originated from a visit made in 2007 by the Rt. Rev. Eraste Bigirimana, Bishop of Muyinga diocese, to the Kepplewray Project in the diocese of Carlisle, UK.

The Bethesda Project, though situated in Muyinga diocese, will welcome people from all the dioceses as well as from different parts of the country and region.

2010 ELECTIONS IN BURUNDI

Ongoing prayer is requested for the forthcoming elections that they will proceed peacefully and fairly at each stage. The schedule for the elections is as follows:

21 May – Communal Councils; 28 June – Presidential; 23 July – Parliament; 28 July – Senate; 7 September – Local Councils.

A Pastoral Letter read out in parishes over Christmas encouraged all Christian people to participate peacefully, to avoid divisions, and to pray especially for politicians and those in authority.

Representatives from the churches are involved in monitoring the elections at different levels and stages.

TREE PLANTING IN MAKAMBA

In January over 4000 trees were planted on Kabuye mountain in the diocese of Makamba. The Bishop of Makamba, the Rt. Rev. Martin Nyaboho, members of the Diocesan and Provincial staff and a representative from Christian Aid joined people from the local community and military battalion for a day of tree planting. The activity is part of a 3-year Provincial project funded by Christian Aid and Lambeth Palace to help to improve the environment in places most affected by de-forestation and climate change.

Environment Clubs were also inaugurated by the Bishop in three secondary schools in order to engage the youth in understanding the need to care for and respect their environment. Pupils from the schools competed against each other in a competition about the environment. The Bishop assisted by the Provincial staff awarded prizes to the winners.

VISITORS

The Province is grateful to the Rev. William Challis and the Rev. Andrew Spencer for contributing to the theological education of the students at Matana Theological Institute recently.