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About the Diocese of Grahamstown (Anglican Church of Southern Africa)
The Anglican Diocese of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa was founded over 150 years ago in 1853. Ebenezer St Mark Ntlali is the Bishop. More about Bishop Ebenezer ...
Since June a corner of the Cathedral has been set aside for people to pray for Madiba
Death of former President Nelson MandelaThe Diocese of Grahamstown joins all South Africa and the world in mourning the death of former president Nelson Mandela, who died on 5 December 2013 at the age of 95. Bishop Ebenezer issued a statement: "A great tree has fallen.
"Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela will be remembered as the person who has paved the way for democracy in this country But he will also always be remembered as a person of great forgiveness. It is not every person that would be able to open their hearts with benevolence and compassion after 27 years of imprisonment. His spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation united a country so filled with anger, and gave us hope. He has left us with a momentous legacy.
"We give thanks to God for Tata’s life, witness and ministry, and we pray that God of insurmountable grace may comfort and strengthen his family at this time. We live in hope that as a country we can learn and follow in the footsteps of this great person." For the Bishop's letter to his clergy and people about Tata Madiba, click here.
Death of the Revd Vuyisile Bonani
The Revd Vuyisile Bonani, recently ordained as a Permanent Deacon at St James Mooiplaas, died on Wednesday 4 December 2013. Please pray for his wife Ntombomzi and the family. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. His funeral will take place on 12 December 2013 at 09:00 at St James Mooiplaas.
Order of St Barnabas (Lay Ministers) meeting 16 December CANCELLED
Please note that due to a clash of dates the Reflection Exercise for the Diocesan Lay Ministers of the Order of St Barnabas, previously announced for 16 December, has been cancelled at the request of the Bishop.
Provincial Synod of the ACSA, October 2013
The Provincial Synod of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa met from 1-4 October. The theme of the meeting was "A Vision for Education – Education for a Vision." Click here for the Archbishop's Charge.
Keynote speakers were Professor Barney Pityana, Rector of the College of the Transfiguration, on how investing in theological education is a vital step towards ensuring our Church’s future, and Professor Mary Metcalfe on education. Professor Bev Haddad was due to speak on "Transformational leadership: Building redemptive communities", but was taken ill; instead, former President Thabo Mbeki was invited to address Synod on issues of leadership in our time. He accused this country's churches of "demobilising" after the end of apartheid, and challenged them to become more active in responding to the challenges faced by society.
In line with the overall theme, the Synod passed two important resolutions on education. One, proposed by Bishop Peter Lee, dealt with Anglican Church schools, and adopted an Action Plan for the Board of the ACSA Schools Trust for the next 12 months. The second, proposed by the Dean of Grahamstown, Andrew Hunter, was more controversial. While affirming good teachers and administrators in the public education system, it condemned corruption and laziness among teachers and education department officials, and called on Anglican teachers who are members of SADTU to "either transform the trade union into a body that truly serves the cause of education, or resign from SADTU." It also called for Parliament to have teaching declared an essential service. To read the full resolution click here.
Among visitors to the Synod was the Archbishop of Sudan, Daniel Den Bul, who appealed to Anglicans in southern Africa to help his "traumatised" people to overcome the effects of decades of war, and to lobby the South African government to help resolve outstanding conflicts between Sudan and the new state of South Sudan.
Synod passed a motion of support for the work of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, sending particular greetings to the Chair of the Commission, Judge Ian Farlam, who also serves as the ACSA Chancellor. It described his work as both ‘responsible’ and ‘challenging’, as he steers the inquiry into the massacre of August 2012.
Synod ratified the adoption of the Anglican Covenant at Synod 2010, recommitting the Anglican Church of Southern Africa "to playing the fullest possible role at the heart of the Anglican Communion, working to promote its unity in diversity and strengthening of bonds of affection, in a life of mutuality and interdependence, shared between autonomous churches, acting each as we are called in our own particular contexts and according to our own ordering, in response to this common gift and calling we have received in our Lord Jesus Christ."
Provincial Synod adopted a resolution urging the Synod of Bishops to finalise guidelines “as soon as possible” for giving pastoral care to same-sex couples who have entered civil unions under South African law. The Church neither marries same-sex couples, nor ordains or licenses priests or deacons who live in same-sex unions. This is line with the practice of the worldwide Anglican Communion. However, in the words of the Right Revd Martin Breytenbach, Bishop of St Mark the Evangelist, during a debate at the Synod, “civil unions are a reality, whether we like it or not.”
Synod remembered with thanksgiving Archbishop Emeritus Philip Russell, who died on 25 July this year, and James Thomas, who died in the Nairobi massacre. He was a Churchwarden at St Peter's Church Mowbray, and had been elected as one of Cape Town Diocese's representatives to Provincial Synod.
The Archbishop conferred the Order of Simon of Cyrene on Saki Macozoma, businessman and philanthropist, and on Gail Allen, in recognition of more than a quarter of a century working for the Church’s central structure, including, said Archbishop Makgoba, ‘ensuring the smooth running of more Synods than we can count’. The Dean of the Highveld, William Mostert, was installed as the new Provincial Executive Officer, to succeed Allan Kannemeyer who has moved to be Dean of Pretoria.
Statement from the Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
The Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA), meeting on 30 September and 1 October, committed themselves to support reconciliation and nation-building in Southern Sudan, approved an agreement with the South African National Defence Force, and expressed delight at the forthcoming visit of the new Archbishop of Canterbury. More...
25 ordained Deacon on 14 September
On 14 September 2013 Ebenezer Ntlali, Bishop of Grahamstown, ordained 11 candidates to the transitional diaconate, and 14 Permanent Deacons. The service took place in Bernard Mizeki Church, Scenery Park, East London, and the preacher was the Right Revd Dino Gabriel, Bishop of Zululand. Those ordained were:
Transitional Deacons: Tyronne Boucher (St Peter, East London), Sinje Dlokweni (St Paul, Port Alfred), Phumzile Guzana (Holy Trinity with St John, Fort Beaufort), Feliciano Janneker (St Mark, Cambridge), Vuyiswa Jela (St Francis, Mdantsane), Nokuzola Kota (St Gregory, Mdantsane), Daniel Ludik, OHC (Order of The Holy Cross), Chumani Mona, (St Philip, Gompo), Thandiwe Mosothoane (St Saviour, East London), Luvuyo Mpangeva (Holy Trinity, Dimbaza), Gwen Mvula (St Augustine, Grahamstown).
Permanent Deacons: Ferdinand Adonis (St Mark, Cambridge), Vuyisile Bonani (St James, Mooiplaas), Nobukhosi Dyantyi (St Matthew, Keiskammahoek), Caroline Goliath (Good Shepherd, East London), Isaac Hardnick (St Mark, Cambridge), Mntunaye Helwana (St James, Mooiplaas), Daniel Jekels (Good Shepherd, East London), Nosipho Luvuno (St Gregory, Mdantsane), Zolile Mabona (St Augustine, Grahamstown), Nodabeko Notsolo (St Cyprian, Qumrha), Sidima Siyokwana (St John, Gwaba and St Peter Zozo), Ndzondelelo Yili (St Augustine, Grahamstown), Nontuthuzelo Yokose (St Gregory, Mdantsane), Mvulo Zola (St Gregory, Mdantsane).
For further photos of the Ordination, taken by Br Julian Mizelle, OHC, Click here.
Services offered by Alexander Forbes
Mr Buntu Bam has made available to clergy a booklet on the services offered by Alexander Forbes. To download it as a pdf, click here. Questions relating to retirement or investment planning may be addressed by email to Talk2Alex@aforbes.co.za.
Materials developed for the Fellowship of Vocation
At a recent Anglican Church of Southern Africa consultation on Training for Ministries held at the College of the Transfiguration, a request was made that materials developed in the Grahamstown Diocese for the Fellowship of Vocation should be made available on the internet. Click on the links below to download pdf files on:
Statements on current issues
For earlier articles and statements click on "Articles" on the black stripe at the top of the page.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba's blogClick here ...
To read Archbishop Thabo Makgoba's latest letter to the people of God, "To the Laos" click on the link on the grey stripe at the side of the page.
Last updated 6 December 2013.Copyright © 2013 Diocese of Grahamstown.