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Newly installed Bishop of Bujumbura
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MU addressing violence and injustice
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Ordinations in Gitega
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RECENT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF THE PROVINCE
 
EAB PRESS 130730-1
July 30, 2013

[EAB Press - Burundi] A NEW SEASON FOR THE CHURCH

On 7th July 2013, Bujumbura Diocese warmly welcomed the Rt. Rev Eraste BIGIRIMANA as its Bishop. More than two thousand people from different parishes and many guests including representatives of the Government of Burundi attended the ceremonies which took place at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Bujumbura.

Bishop Eraste outlined twelve objectives for the diocese. The proclamation of the Good News of the Kingdom of God is to be its priority. He encouraged the Church to pursue hope, unity and peace.

GITEGA ORDINATION

On the 30nd June 2013 in Gitega Diocese, ten pastors and eleven deacons were ordained by the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. John Wesley NDUWAYO. At the same time six pastors became Canons, an advisory role to the Bishop. In his sermon the Rt. Rev. Sixbert MACUMI, Bishop of Buye diocese encouraged those ordained to proclaim the Good News to all. He reminded the congregation that sharing the Gospel is the mission of the whole Church.

ADVOCACY TRAINING FOR MOTHERSí UNION STAFF

Representatives of Mothers' Union from all the Dioceses attended a four day training workshop on advocacy for victims of all forms of violence and injustice. Advocacy is a relatively new activity introduced into the Motherís Union programmes. Assisted by trainers from Mary Sumner House in UK, participants looked at advocacy in the context of bringing positive change to society in terms of equality and justice between men and women. They learned techniques that would enable this.

At the end of the training participants received certificates. The visiting trainers went to see a group of men and women who follow the adult literacy program in Shombo, Diocese of Gitega, who are already engaged in advocating for vulnerable people in their locality. In most cases victims are voiceless.

The Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Burundi who opened the training workshop commented that increasing the potential of women assists the development of the whole community. It was acknowledged that it is a challenge but representatives of Motherís Union affirmed that they are committed to bring about positive change in society.