Looming Famine in South Sudan

Anglican Aid appealAnglican Aid’s David Mansfield writes:

“Anglican Aid has entered a partnership with the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSS&S) to support a project  to assist communities prepare for an expected famine during the summer of 2014/15.

The expected famine is due to the inability of displaced people to plant crops.

While emergency food security will be provided by other agencies, the Church in South Sudan is assisting through a Peace Dividends Project to assist people to plant crops to provide longer term food security.…

Anglican Aid [is] suggesting people forgo a meal out and contribute the money to support South Sudan.”

Donations may be made online or by phoning 02 92841406. (Click the image for a larger version.)

An Apology to any hurt by the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn

Bishop Stuart Robinson“On Sunday 10 August 2014, parishes across the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn will hold a special commemoration service called Lamentation Sunday.

These services will include a public apology by the Right Reverend Stuart Robinson, Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn.” – Read it here.

Moore College Sunday 2014 — Watch the video

Moore College SundayMoore College wants to encourage you to pray for the college, and they’re going to great lengths to solicit your prayers!

See their Moore College Sunday website and watch the video. (Moore College Sunday in 2014 is this weekend, Sunday August 3rd.)

Open Letter to the PM regarding Iraqi Christians

Bishop Stuart Robinson“Thu 31 July 2014

Dear Prime Minister,

I write this ‘open letter’ on behalf of Anglicans across southern New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory to express our deep distress and dismay at the creation of a new wave of refugees by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS); a situation about which, I am sure, you are fully cognisant…”

– Read the full letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, from Stuart Robinson, Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn.

Related: Church leaders call for support of Christians in Iraq. (NSW Council of Churches.)

Archbishop of Sydney calls for an end to Iraqi persecution

Archbishop Glenn DaviesPublic Statement

July 30, 2014

The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, has joined calls for prayer and international assistance for Iraqi Christians facing severe persecution, even death, for their faith.

“It is an outrage that a community established in the early centuries of the Christian era should face expulsion from their own land, simply for their faith.” Dr Davies said.

In Mosul, near the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh, the militant Islamic group ISIS gave Christians an ultimatum: convert to Islam, pay a “protection tax” or face death.

Churches have been looted, burned or occupied. Christian homes have been marked with the Arabic letter “N” (for the word ‘Nasrani’ which translates to ‘Nazarene’, a follower of Jesus).

Thousands of Christian families have been driven from the city.

“In the same area where God sent the prophet Jonah to turn back the people of Nineveh from their evil ways, we pray for a turning back of the evil which has come upon the Christians of Mosul, stripped of their livelihood, property and possessions.”

“The Australian government, the international community and the UN must not stand by while such persecution continues unabated.” Dr Davies said.

The Archbishop called on churches to pray for peace and justice in Iraq and also for Palestinian Christians caught in the conflict on the West Bank and the Gaza.

“We have entered a period of significant suffering for Christians around the world: from Iraq to Syria and from Egypt to Sudan.” the Archbishop said. “While the Cross is the symbol of suffering for all who are followers of Jesus of Nazareth, we have a responsibility to stand with our brothers and sisters in the face of such unmitigated persecution.”

– from SydneyAnglicans.net.

Related:

Story from SydneyAnglicans.net.

The silence is deafening – Catholic Herald.

Bathurst’s All Saints College named in bank’s legal action against diocese

All Saints College“Court documents have revealed the Commonwealth Bank is looking for damages of more than $24m from the former Anglican bishop of Bathurst and five other defendants…”

– Report from ABC News.

More time needed for Bishopscourt sale

Bishopscourt“The chairman of the Anglican Property Trust, Dr Robert Tong, says an initial offering of the neo-gothic mansion ‘Bishopscourt’ in Darling Point, has been encouraging but no buyer has yet emerged…”

– news from SydneyAnglicans.net.

Around the ACA — 29 July 2014

Australian dioceses (image: Anglican Church of Australia)Here are a few items from around the Anglican Church of Australia –

New ARV Director of Mission

Andrew Nixon“The Rev Andrew Nixon has been appointed the new Director of Mission for Anglican Retirement Villages (ARV). He replaces Chris Edwards who is now Bishop of North Sydney.

Mr Nixon is best known as the Executive Director of the Diocese’s “Connect 09” campaign. He has since been the Director of Youthworks’ Year 13 programme and more recently Principal of Youthworks College…”

– More from SydneyAnglicans.net. (Photo: Youthworks.)

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