African Anglicans in the news

Several items concerning Africa and Anglicans:

ACC approves establishment of Anglican Health Networks (Uganda Health News)

For the first time in its 40-year existence, the ACC gave substantial time and prominence to Anglican Networks, whose advocacies include peace and justice, the environment, empowerment of women, and greater support for youth, among other issues.

Jolly Babirukamu, lay representative of the Church of the Province of Uganda, says the idea for an Anglican Health Network grew out of last year’s Lambeth Conference, when delegates talked about the lack of access to health care for the poor.

She says that Faith-based hospitals are doing their best, adding that in most developing countries, 40 per cent of health care is provided by faith-based groups.

Babirukamu says that the Health Network will to pursue the concept of combining micro-credit with health insurance, which would make adequate health care more accessible to the poor.


Sudan: Anglican Head Warns Nation Could Return to War (Catholic Information Service for Africa)

On Monday, Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul, Primate of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, wrote a passionate letter to representatives of the international community in the country appealing for their increased support for implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended the civil war in 2005.

Sudan is in real danger of sliding back to war, according to the head of the Anglican Church in the Eastern African nation.

He urged the international community “to consider very seriously the churches as key partners in the work of peace-building on the ground.”

Here is the archbishop’s letter to the international community.


Harare diocese elects Chad Nicholas Gandiya as bishop (ENS)

The Rev. Canon Chad Nicholas Gandiya, Africa regional desk officer for the U.K.-based mission agency known as USPG: Anglicans in Mission, has been elected to serve as the next bishop of the embattled Diocese of Harare in Zimbabwe.

Gandiya will succeed Bishop Sebastian Bakare, who has served as the diocese’s interim bishop since December 2007 when Bishop Nolbert Kunonga was deposed after illegally separating from the Province of Central Africa and installing himself as archbishop of Zimbabwe.

Founded in 1701, USPG was originally called the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. After a merger in the 1960s, it was known as the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.


Archbishop Akinola speaks at the 50th anniversary of the Central Bank of Nigeria (Church of Nigeria)

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