Anglican News Roundup 15 January

Condolences on the death of Dr Richard Maponya

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba sent the following message to the family of Dr Maponya today:

To: Chichi Maponya (Tlou) and the broader Maponya family

On behalf of myself, Di Tlou (the Makgobas) and the Anglican family, our deepest condolences to you all on the death of Dr Richard Maponya, a pioneering South African entrepreneur and patriot.

We are sad at his passing, but above all we praise and thank God for his life, his contributions and his witness.

He goes into our almanacs as an entrepreneur without equal, a dedicated servant of our nation and one who defied many odds to become an icon of South African business.

May you experience God’s love and healing at this time.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

Anglican Primates gather for a formal photograph in Canterbury Cathedral, during their last full meeting, in October 2017.
Photo Credit: ACNS

Anglican Primates to gather in Jordan ahead of Lambeth Conference

The leaders of 36 of the Anglican Communion’s 40 member churches will gather in the Middle East next week for what has been described as “a very strategic meeting.”

The chief pastors of the communion – the senior archbishops, moderators and presiding bishops of the Anglican provinces – will meet from Jan. 13-15  in formal session. A preliminary meeting will be held on Jan.12 for new primates, elected or appointed to their position since the previous Primates’ Meeting in October 2017.

On Thursday 16 January, the primates will take part in separate pilgrimages, beginning together at the site of Jesus’ baptism with a Eucharist and reaffirmation of baptism vows, before one group heads to Salt and Mount Nebo while another crosses to the west bank of the River Jordan for visits to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

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In October 2018, the Anglican Alliance and Salvation Army held a workshop and consultation in Cambodia on human trafficking and safe migration. This year, they will hold a similar consultation, focused on the Middle East.
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A Look Ahead at 2020 for the Anglican Communion Office

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Lambeth Conference in Canterbury. This gathering, to which all active bishops of the Anglican Communion’s member churches are invited, takes place approximately every 10 years and will run from the 23 July until 2 August.

The Anglican Consultative Council, Anglican Alliance and Lambeth Conference Company are all part of the Anglican Communion Office (ACO), in London. Staff from all three charities are busy preparing for the Lambeth Conference, but that is not all that 2020 holds for the ACO.

The Primates’ Meeting will be held in Jordan from 12 to 17 January. The Anglican Alliance will host a Safe Migration consultation for the Middle East from the 29 January until 2 February.

The Secretary General, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, will travel to Sri Lanka in February for a meeting of the Anglican Interfaith Commission. The Anglican Alliance will host a “She Works” Photography workshop in the Philippines.

In March, there will be an Intentional Discipleship consultation in Kuching, Malaysia and in Lweru, Tanzania. The Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations (ACOUN) will be taking a delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, and the department for Theological Education will be participating in a Latin American Theological Commission.

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