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Ministering to Madiba An exclusive reflection from Archbishop Thabo on his forthcoming book

Becoming Disciples, intentionally Work begins to make “Intentional Discipleship” a reality

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Transformed as Disciples

A CHRISTIAN DISCIPLE is a person who accepts Jesus Christ as Saviour and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christlike. In this edition of Anglican World we are taking a look at “Intentional Discipleship” – which was the theme at the 2016 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka, Zambia. There is a special report from the first meeting of the international co-ordinating group set up to bring life to the vision. A delegation of Anglican women from around the world gathered recently at the UN in New York, for the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) and found the encounter “transformative” The article about their two week encounter explains why. Also in this edition, women in Argentina explain how the local branch of the Mother’s Union “My hope is that the vision for a has transformed their aspirations and deepened their faith. The Archbishop of Cape Town has been telling Anglican “Season of Intentional Discipleship” will World how his faith was deepened – by the memorable bear fruit in every province, diocese and experience of ministering to Nelson Mandela, in the last few of the former president’s life. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba parish in the Anglican Communion” years is bringing out a book on this shortly and has given Anglican World his reflections ahead of its publication. In this edition we also have a new feature, Province Profiles. Every issue of Anglican World will now give some history and points for prayer for two of the Communion’s Provinces. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20) My hope is that the vision for a ”Season of Intentional Discipleship” will bear fruit in every province, diocese and parish in the Anglican Communion so that people of faith will be equipped to be powerful witnesses to Christ’s reconciling love in their everyday life. May the transforming love of Christ shine out from us all and transform those around us.

Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon Secretary General of the Anglican Communion



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The latest from around the Anglican world 4 ¢ PROFILE

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba shares his reflections on his forthcoming book, Faith and Courage: Praying with Mandela 6

Ministering to Madiba An exclusive reflection from Archbishop Thabo on his forthcoming book

Becoming Disciples, intentionally Work begins to make “Intentional Discipleship” a reality

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Mothers’ Union helps the women of Argentina to find their voice 8

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba CREDIT: ACNS


Province Profiles: Southern Africa and Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui 10


Anglican women unite for change at the UN in New York 18


The Communion at a glance 12


Tracing the steps of Celtic saints in north Wales 22


Straight talking and honest conversations by bishops in Yorkshire 14



Work begins to help us all become intentional disciples 16

Modern communication methods are “instruments of communion” 23


A look at the hidden – but vital – work of chaplains to seafarers 18



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communion news


THANKSGIVING FOR ANGLICAN SISTERS IN AUSTRALIA Two Anglican schools in Australia have celebrated a century and a quarter of ministry by sisters of the Anglican Society of the Sacred Advent. “Mother Emma’s Day” is celebrated each year on 9 March, and this year students from St Margaret’s and St Aidan’s girls’ schools gathered at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane to give thanks for the presence of the Order over such a long period of time and to pray that the work started by the Society may continue for years to come. From small beginnings in 1882, the Sisters established more than ten schools as well as orphanages, hostels, homes for girls, a hospital and a club for working and


Sr Gillian, Mother Eunice, Sr Sandra

factory girls. Much of this work was begun under the leadership of Mother Emma, who was Mother Superior of the order from 1906 until 1939. There are only three Sisters remaining and they live in semi-retirement, although they retain a keen interest in both

schools and the wider church. A spokesperson said: “ It was special to have Mother Eunice, Sr Sandra and Sr Gillian with us, along with Old Girls, members of school councils and the Sisters Trust, and even former residents of St Michael’s Home.”




Archbishop Justin and Archbishop Masimango met Tearfund staff in Goma

Burundi was the first destination in a week long visit to Africa by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The purpose of the visit was to spend time with the Primates of Burundi, Congo, Rwanda and Kenya; to hear about and see the work of the Church in each Province; to discuss future opportunities for the Anglican Communion in the world; and to

pray together. Archbishop Justin said: “Something I see every time I visit is that the Anglican Church here has lots of vigour, life and lots of spirit. It uses this spiritual force in its work tackling violence against women, in contributing to reconciliation, education, healthcare and development in the towns and villages where it works.”


COMMUNION CAN LEARN FROM PAKISTAN’S EXPERIENCE The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has told the Church of Pakistan it has something to offer to the Communion because of its experience of being a minority church in a Muslim Country. The eight bishops of Pakistan, during a three day retreat in England, were questioning how their Church and the Anglican Communion could co-operate. Archbishop Josiah said their experience “could be passed



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on: to help other countries like Sudan, the latest province of the Communion as well as northern parts of Nigeria, Egypt and other Arab speaking countries.” A Pakistani cleric who is now based in Britain, Revd Rana Khan, assisted with the retreat. “We talked about our problems at home, with security being one of the main issues, because of attacks on Christians. But we also discussed the importance of theological

Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon with visiting Pakistani Bishops

education in Pakistan, womens’ empowerment, encouraging young people into leadership roles and how the church in Pakistan can be more mission oriented.”


NEW DIRECTOR FOR THE ANGLICAN CENTRE, ROME Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, Primate of the Anglican Church of Burundi from 2005 until 2016, has been appointed as the Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. He succeeds Archbishop David Moxon who is retiring. Archbishop Bernard has extensive ecumenical experience having served as a member of the Central Committee of the World Council

of Churches since 1998, and co-moderator of the Permanent Committee on Collaboration and Consensus which brings together representatives of the Orthodox, Anglicans and Reformed Churches. He has also served on the Executive Committee of ACT (Action of Churches Together) International and participated in the creation of the new ACT Alliance which is the ecumenical branch of the WCC for Relief and Development. He has

Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi announced as new Director of Anglican Centre in Rome

also been active in seeking peace in war-torn Burundi and the Great Lakes region of Africa.

europe and middle east

THEOLOGIANS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE IN WEB LINK UP A three-day conference of international theologians has taken place – with the organisers in Jerusalem but the participants taking part via the internet.The intercontinental webinar of theologians from the global south was hosted from St George’s College, Jerusalem. Theologians from the Middle East, Nigeria, Myanmar, South Sudan, Egypt, Brazil and Tokyo were among those taking part. They had all prepared papers on reconciliation

and mission which will go towards a book on that theme ahead of the next Lambeth Conference in 2020. Nine papers had been circulated by the theologians for reading in advance so the webinar was a chance to discuss the contents and then offer suggestions for improvements before publication. The Co-Chair, Bishop Graham Kings, Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion, said he was delighted with the way technology had facilitated the theological discussions: “I was impressed with the vitality of the


webinar. The format worked very well indeed; we had a lot of fun and fellowship as well as banter – combined with serious discussion. “


CANADIAN PIONEER OF CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS AWARDED HONORARY DEGREE Archdeacon Paul Feheley, Principal Secretary to the Primate of Canada, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity by the University of Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Archdeacon Paul has worked in communications for the Anglican Communion at the Lambeth Conference of Bishops, the Primates’ Meetings and the Anglican Consultative Council; he has also had a longstanding involvement with The Anglican, the award winning newspaper of the Diocese of

the National Church, and at local, national and international levels, in the furthering of the vision and mandate of the Anglican Church of Canada, particularly through involvement with communications within the global Church.”

Archdeacon Paul Feheley

Toronto and written extensively for religious and secular publications. The University said it was offering the degree in recognition of his “progressive leadership within

Archdeacon Paul described the degree ceremony as “an absolutely wonderful experience” but added: “Ministry never happens alone; this is an individual honour that really belongs to a whole company of people who have been so important; it is a moment in time where a body of work over the years, with lots and lots of pieces of accumulative ministry, has been recognised.”

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“Ministering to Nelson Mandela deepened my prayer life:” ACNS

THE ARCHBISHOP OF CAPE Town speaks to Anglican World about the times he spent in prayer with Nelson Mandela – and how this affected his own spirituality. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba is writing a book about ministering to Nelson Mandela in the last few years of the former president’s life. It will be based mainly on the Archbishop’s own experience but will also incorporate the experiences of others who ministered to “Madiba.” “Faith and Courage : Praying with Mandela” is due out later this year.

call from his former PA who was mandated by Nelson Mandela to ask me to come and pay him a visit in his home and to pray with him because he was not well. So it started in the context of praying with him on a regular basis and sometimes on “sms ministry” – via text messages, sent via his wife. 3) What are your memories of these encounters?

The thinking is to paint Nelson Mandela’s spiritual life and place it in the context of South Africa which is said to be 90% Christian - against the backdrop of scholars arguing that he was a communist.

He was so humane, he made everyone feel important. He was present and engaging. We disagreed on a couple of things politically but with grace. He always said he was ready to meet his maker; he had negotiated the main stages of dying, so he was scared but also resolved to go and at peace. He was a person who took words and the meaning of words seriously. He always wanted me to leave the text of any prayer so he could read it by himself afterwards.

2) How did you start ministering to Nelson Mandela?

4) What will the book tell us about his faith?

I was humbled and privileged five years before he died; I had a

As one raised as a Methodist, and who married his second wife

1) Your forthcoming book on Nelson Mandela is bound to attract worldwide interest: please could you share the thinking behind it?



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in a Methodist church, he surely is Christian but was not bound by dogma for he sought to serve all of religion and none. I think in terms of various stages of faith, he was probably at the highest stage of faith. He didn’t worry about dogma, his great concern was about service: how do we live our faith in service to humanity and nature? Over the years he had had a number of Methodist and Anglican chaplains pray with him – so he prayed with the help of chaplains. He was not overtly religious but under apartheid Catholics, Muslims and Jews were viewed with suspicion: he was the first president to encourage inter-religious formation and he encouraged religions to be organised. 5) What impact did these meetings have on you?

I really felt extremely humbled and being in front of such a giant made me also take my prayer life quite seriously. From then onwards it helped me to think about every word that I say when I pray – its impact and meaning. So by ministering to Æ

Æ Nelson Mandela, my prayer life deepened. He has had a powerful effect on me in fact since I was about 21 and involved in student politics. I was intrigued as to why this apartheid government would feel scared of him? Why was he so powerful? So meeting him after so many years was very humbling. 6) He was revered for his ability to rise above bitterness – how was he able to display such forgiveness?

I don’t know. Personally speaking, sometimes when cab drivers cut me up I feel like bashing the bonnet of their car! So how he managed what he did.... it must have taken the highest level of emotional intelligence and love for humanity and the highest level of humility so that nothing more could humiliate him further : that is a mystery and also a gift from God. 7) What was it like to be in his company and what memories can you share of him?

The book covers this extensively: funny, humorous, serious, tense and a joy as well as a challenge. He was funny and full of humour – he would talk about where he grew up and the time he stayed with an Anglican priest in Alexander township. But he hadn’t disclosed he had a girlfriend and then he got thrown out of the rectory! Coincidentally, I was baptised in that same rectory! 8) Our world is currently very divided and in need of reconciliation – what can be learned from Nelson Mandela in this respect?

Walking the talk. Be driven by faith and courage which is the title of my book. Have a sense of right and wrong and for all that makes for the common good and respect for the other. Continuing Indaba means looking at each other eyeball to eyeball – making my heart touch your heart and my mind touch your mind. World leaders have gone into ideology more than the care of human beings. For instance we are watching Brexit sharply as it may push nationalism – which is not good in terms of global humanity.

Archbishop of Cape Town’s forthcoming book, Faith and Courage: Praying with Mandela is due out this year.

9) You said at Christmas you have a dream for South Africa in 2017: please elaborate:

A dream about civility, cooperation, mutual respect, equality of opportunity and a healthy nation. Working for the best interests of South Africa. South Africans have been protesting in the streets, saying the President and his system is robbing the majority of South Africans of the joy of constitutional provision of dignity and equality. My prayer is that we have a strong coalition that does not leave the poor behind. The poor still struggle with basic means of water and sanitation and they don’t have proper access to health facilities. 10) You’ve spoken out forcefully on the issue of water – why is this such a pressing matter for South Africa?

Climate change is a reality. Cape Town has a severe water shortage. Water and sanitation reveal past and current inequities and marginalisation of the already extremely poor. Water epitomises power – but the powerful have several bathrooms and many taps and pools and lawn sprinklers. The poor rely on communal taps and latrines. 11) The issue of crime is unfortunately associated with South Africa : what role can the church play in helping South African society?

I agree the Church could do more. It also needs to speak of injustices,


“He was a person who took words and the meaning of words seriously. He always wanted me to leave the text of any prayer so he could read it by himself afterwards.” inequality and continue to be involved in education. I recently took a group of visitors from New York to Nyanga township, one of the poorest and most dangerous areas of Cape Town. We went to the local parish which is working with the poorest of the poor, for instance in providing food for 250 people a day. The Church, by engaging with the community, can help find local economic solutions that will in turn help to combat crime. 12) What are your personal hopes?

My hope is to continue to be a pastor to this nation and to walk alongside all God’s people: black and white, rich and poor, as a reconciling presence that asks of the Church and of the nation, difficult and courageous questions. To be the best of who we can be as South Africans. We are a beautiful country : the people, resources, mountains – we just need to make that beauty envelop every step of our journey as South Africans. The Church gets clobbered by politicians but is still the greatest beacon of hope.

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p rov i n c e p ro f i l e s

Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui HKSKH

Choral Festival of the Diocese of Hong Kong Island in 2016.

HONG KONG SHENG Kung Hui (Province of Anglican Church of Hong Kong) is comprised of the Diocese of Hong Kong Island, the Diocese of Eastern Kowloon, the Diocese of Western Kowloon and the Missionary Area of Macau. The history of the Anglican Church in Hong Kong and Macau dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. The current Archbishop and Primate is the Most Revd Dr Paul Kwong. According to the statistics collected in 2015, the average weekly attendance at Sunday services was over 12,000 across the Province. Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui has always committed to the ministry of education and social services, with more than 140 schools and 230 social service units. In Lent this year, the Steering Committee of the Church launched a massive discipleship training programme for all the faithful. A large scale joint staff development day for all our church schools and social service units will be held at AsiaWorld Expo in May 2018. The Province has been planning to build a new community hospital, but, said a spokesperson for the Province,

“the progress has been disappointing so far due to the bureaucracy of the government and the objection raised by a few local concern groups.”

School Education Policy Paper, Social Service Policy Paper and Church Policy Paper adopted by the General Synods.”

The Province asked for prayers: “The prayers from the Anglican Communion are very important to the future of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, especially for our Archbishop Paul Kwong, Bishop Andrew Chan, and Bishop Timothy Kwok; for the ministry of Ming Hua Theological College and the Religious Education Resource Centre; for the new hospital project; and for the effective implementation of the Right top: Chrism Eucharist on Maundy Thursday 2017. Right: Youngsters play a ceremony of a development programme for the residents of Tung Chung.

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Unity in diversity Honest conversations and careful listening at Bishops’ gathering in Yorkshire BEFORE WALKING THE road to his death, Jesus prayed that his people might be one. It is a prayer we find difficult to answer with our own commitment, but it haunts us and will not let us go. It is a challenge we cannot escape – even when we find any number of reasons to divide writes the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines. So, Passiontide is perhaps the

“Perhaps the most important element was taking the time to explain our context – what the mission of the church looks like in the particular places and cultures we inhabit and serve.” 14


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ideal time to invite a number of bishops from around the world to come to England for a retreat. When the three dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds and Wakefield were dissolved at Easter 2014, a new Diocese of Leeds was created from them. The new diocese also inherited Anglican partnership links with Sudan, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, USA (Southwestern Virginia), and international ecumenical links with Lutherans in Sweden (Skara) and Germany (Erfurt). Three years into our new existence, I invited bishops from our links to join with the bishops in this diocese for a five-day retreat at Parcevall Hall in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. This week was topped and tailed by events around the diocese at the weekends, and ended with a visit to Canterbury for a meeting with the Archbishop. And what did we find to talk about? Well, we designed a simple

programme shaped around prayer and worship, conversation and honest discussion. Perhaps the most important element was taking the time to explain our context – what the mission of the church looks like in the particular places and cultures we inhabit and serve. Sudan is not Virginia; Mara is not Sri Lanka; Faisalabad is not Huddersfield. So, we listened to each others’ stories and we asked questions. This contextualisation allowed us to explore the distinctives and commonalities of both church and society in each place. It also enabled us later in the week to describe to each other the polity of our particular Anglican Province or diocese. Now, this might sound a bit mundane. But, it formed the bedrock of mutual understanding on which we could then build the walls of deeper discussion. Understanding our respective realities meant that


further exploration of theology, spirituality and ethics fell into a perspective that made some sense. It also demonstrated that Anglicans use the same vocabulary to describe very different freedoms, structures and constraints. So, context was followed by theology, Bible and hermeneutics. In such conversations it becomes clear very quickly that there is no such thing as a ‘neutral’ reading of the Bible. We read the text through the lens of our particular culture and experience. Hence, listening to each other brought new and diverse readings of the text. The texts we discussed were: Matthew 15:21-30 (Jesus and the Canaanite woman), Titus 1:1-9 (characteristics of a bishop), and Isaiah 43:1-7 (God’s promise of protection and restoration). Let’s just say that if you read about Jesus calling a woman a dog through the experience and eyes of real racial discrimination in your own country, it ceases to be merely a theological point to interpret. The bishops were fiercely

honest about their reality, but paid close attention to the readings of others. The bishops discussed the texts in pairs, but then reported back to the whole group what the partner had said. This encouraged a different sort of attentive listening, understanding and empathy. Our interrogation of the text and one another went deep very quickly. Theology then opened the door to a day on prayer, spirituality and worship. In this context we also visited Bolton Priory where, amid the ruins of the Reformation in England, we recognised that the Church has never been a stranger to politics, violence, power and a challenge to faithfulness. Yet, the Priory is alive and thriving - Christian prayer, worship and witness going on and growing in the twenty first century - surrounded by the scars of past conflicts. So what? We could have left it there and gone home happy. But, all this conversation, prayer, food and relaxation together also opened the way to a day discussing the difficult issues of ethics: money,

“All this conversation, prayer, food and relaxation together also opened the way to a day discussing the difficult issues of ethics: money, power and sex.” power and sex. Four bishops from four corners of the world introduced how these matters look from the perspective of their particular church, society and theological context. Differences were identified and picked over. Patient explanation and descriptive analysis led to questioning. No easy compromises; no damascene conversions; no steering each other to change; just a respectful and attentive exercise in listening, hearing and understanding. On this basis we can begin to work out how to develop our future relationships - particularly how to enthuse a new generation for these link relationships of mutual learning and service. This is just a glimpse of our unity in diversity. But, committed to each other as brothers in Christ, we established a remarkable relationship of honesty and integrity that perhaps offers a hopeful model for the wider Communion.

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