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TRIBUTE TO THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, MEETINGS AND A FAREWELL
 
EAB PRESS 120402-1
April 2, 2012

[EAB Press - Burundi] TRIBUTE TO THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

On behalf of the Province the Archbishop, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi expressed gratitude to His Grace Dr. Rowan Williams for his leadership of and ministry to the Anglican Communion during the past 10 years and wished him and his family well as he takes up a new appointment as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK next year.

He said, “We have appreciated his courage and commitment as he has steered the Anglican Communion through difficult and painful times.. He has been able to guide our thinking about a range of challenging issues with his scholarly theological insights”.

He referred to Dr. Williams’ commitment to a spiritually renewed, strengthened and united Church prepared to engage in the mission to which God has called us.

He expressed his appreciation for Dr. Williams’ visit with his wife to Burundi in 2005 and the support Lambeth Palace has given to the Province.

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UNITED NATIONS’ 56TH COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

Claudette Kigeme and Mathilde Ndayisenga represented the Province in New York 27th February – 9th March. The main theme of this year’s UNCSW was the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges.

Among the recommendations from the Anglican delegates were the empowerment of rural women and girls through education, land ownership and financial resources. Anglican Networks present were able to advocate on a number of issues.

CONSULTATION

At the end of February the Province welcomed representatives from Christian Aid, Episcopal Relief and Development, UNICEF and Norwegian Church Aid for a Strategic Planning Consultation with Partners. The commitment and goal is to improve the livelihood of the community. After two days of discussion field visits were undertaken in the diocese of Matana.

ECGI CORE GROUP

Rev. Canon Seth Ndayirukiye attended the Evangelism and Church Growth Initiative Core Group meeting in Kenya in March.

ECGI is responding to the interest of the Lambeth Conference 2008 in evangelism, church growth and discipleship throughout the Anglican Communion, and is seeking to encourage collaboration in these areas.


WORKSHOP

“Mobilizing Community Resources” - a Financial Sustainability and Stewardship workshop facilitated by Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York was held at the end of March bringing together bishops and other participants from 13 African countries.

As part of a case study they visited the Provincial office, the Faith Centre under construction and Bujumbura diocese’s project to build a hotel and provide a school of catering. The sharing of experiences was a key part of the workshop.

FAREWELL

The diocese of Muyinga expressed thanks and said farewell to Steve and Lucy McIIhenney as they left Burundi to take up a new appointment.

Steve and Lucy have been involved in establishing the Bethesda Project that aims to bring disabled and non-disabled people together as equal partners using outdoor activities.