Anglican Church Represented at Sudan Mission Partners Meeting in Cairo

On October 5-6 in Cairo, Egypt, bishops from the Diocese of Egypt and dioceses in the north of Sudan held a meeting of reflection and planning with several mission partners, including the Anglican Church in North America and the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. This important meeting was held for the benefit of discussing the challenges and needs facing the suffering northern dioceses of the Province of the Episcopal (Anglican) Church of Sudan.  Upon completion of this meeting, the partners in mission with Sudan released an official communique stating the challenges facing this region, their specific needs, and the top priorities of the partners in mission in order to implement lasting peace in the Sudan.

To read the communique, click here.

Bishop Mouneer Anis invited Canon Nancy Norton, Executive Director, Anglican Relief and Development Fund, and The Ven. Canon Dr. Jack Lumanog, Canon for Provincial and Global Mission for the Anglican Church, to join him in this consultation on mission for Sudan with Sudanese bishops, Bread for the World, Church Missionary Society Ireland, Michael Nazir-Ali, Church of England Bishop and President, Oxford Center for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue, and Dean Kuan Kim Seng of the Province of South East Asia.

Canon Jack described his recent trip to Egypt: “As I visited Jesus Light of the World Anglican Church in Old Cairo and word of the clash between Coptic Christians and the military was just getting out, the resident priest made this statement: ‘Canon Jack, pray for us because we are suffering in Egypt physically. And Anglican Christians in Egypt will pray for you as you are suffering spiritually and theologically in America.’  Being able to see our brothers and sisters in Cairo gave me a clearer picture of what it is like ministering as a minority faith in Africa.  The challenges to the Gospel are great, but our Lord Jesus Christ is greater.”

The Anglican Church Continues Support of Sudan

Through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund, the Anglican Church in North America has been quick in the past to call for prayer and provide financial relief to the Sudan. There also has been mutual support given between the Anglican Church and bishops in the Sudan.

Through its participation in this consultation, the Anglican Church in North America was able to be with the bishops of Sudan to hear first-hand of their joys and sorrows and to pray with them in receiving the Lord’s wisdom on the way forward for the provinces to work together. The bishops shared projects of relief and development which needed financial assistance.  As a National Trustee for ARDF, Canon Jack was able to receive and present these project reports at the ARDF Trustees meeting that took place in Pittsburgh following the Cairo meeting. The ARDF Trustees are working on connecting these projects with the needed financing.

“Our Province has been blessed to be invited to this Missions Consultation by Bishop Mouneer Anis of the Diocese of Egypt.  Bishop Mouneer is a good friend of the Province and a supporter of what we are doing in reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ,” said Canon Jack.

“As we have been blessed as a Province, we are doing our part to be a blessing to our brothers and sisters who are facing incredible challenges to survive physically and spiritually. Thanks to Bishop Mouneer, it was a great honor representing the Province with Canon Nancy Norton to our ministry partners in Egypt and Sudan.  Our prayers are with the bishops of Sudan and with Bishop Mouneer as he is being used by the Lord mightily in bringing healing and reconciliation to Egypt,” continued Canon Jack.

Photo caption: (From left to right) Canon Jack Lumanog, Bishop Samaan Farjalla Mahdi, Bishop Ezekiel Kondo, Bishop Ismail Gebriel Abu Digin, and Canon Nancy Norton, outside All Saints Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt.

Anglican Church Consecrates New Bishop of Cascadia Diocese

An overflow crowd of 350 people joined in the joyous celebration of the consecration of the Rev. Kevin Bond Allen as the inaugural Bishop of the Diocese of Cascadia on Friday, September 30.

The worship ceremony was attended by a large group of Anglicans from throughout the Pacific Northwest and also included 24 Anglican Church in North America bishops from the U.S. and Canada. Archbishop Duncan presided over the consecration in west Seattle.

“The consecration of Bishop Kevin Allen marks a significant milestone for the Anglican Church in North America,” said Archbishop Duncan. “To have such a Bishop and such a Diocese—and an ever-increasing number of vibrant congregations—in one of the most under-evangelized regions of the continent is early evidence of the Anglican Church’s deep commitment to reach all of North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.”

“Many people, particularly those in our younger generation, are hungering for a spirituality that works. They want to know the impact God can make upon their lives and what impact they, in turn, can make upon their family, community and the world,” said Bishop Allen. “The Anglican church offers a very down-to-earth setting that invites people to explore a relationship with a loving God revealed in Jesus Christ.” 

The Diocese of Cascadia was formed in 2009 with seven western Washington Anglican congregations. Today, the diocese encompasses 21 total congregations in Washington, Oregon and northern California.

Bishop Allen began in ministry as a youth leader in Tacoma and as a lay missioner in London’s inner city with the Church of England. His formal study in New York and Cambridge, England, led to his ordination as a priest in 1988.

While in his new role as bishop, Allen will continue serving as rector at St. Brendan’s Anglican Parish in Bellingham, Washington. Allen regularly joins church members who partner with the Lighthouse Mission to serve the hungry, along with Amy’s Place, which serves at-risk families. The church also supports New Hope, a regional ministry to local military families.

Watch Bishop Allen’s Ordination and Consecration Service here:

Praying for Egypt

October 19, 2011: Prayer Update

The Anglican Church joins with Barnabas Aid in humbly requesting that you join us in prayer.

Please pray:

-For the restoration of peace between all sections of Egyptian society.
-For all those who have lost loved ones or been injured in the violence. Pray that the Lord will draw close to them and comfort them in their grief and pain.
-For the future of Christians in Egypt. Pray that their rights as citizens will be upheld and that they will be allowed to live peaceful lives in their homeland.

Archbishop Duncan also asks that we lift up Bishop Mouneer Anis (Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa) and Pope Shenouda III (Coptic Church) and all Christian leaders in Egypt as they work together for reconciliation and peace.

October 13, 2011 Update - Bishop Mouneer writes of answered prayers.

Today I have seen a miracle. It was very much like moving a mountain. I went this morning to visit the Grand Imam of AI Azhar. I arrived a bit early and I waited at the office of his advisor. While waiting I saw a bearded Muslim man in his 50s who came to present a proposal to the Grand Imam’s advisor.
Read the full letter from Bishop Mouneer here.

October 11, 2011 Update - Bishop Mouneer shares a reflection and a renewed call for prayer.

“Ya Rab, Ya Rab”…“O Lord, O Lord!” was the thunderous shout of ten thousand Christians gathered at St Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo for the funeral of 24 Christians who died last Sunday the 9th of October in Cairo. These cries shook my heart, and all the bishops who were standing beside me at the funeral.
Read the full letter from Bishop Mouneer here.

Call to prayer on Sunday evening, October 9, 2011, following the riots in Cairo:

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I do request your urgent prayers as the situation here in Cairo is very inflamed. Many Christians demonstrated after the incident of the burning of a church building in Mari Nab near Aswan (Egypt). The demonstrations started peacefully as the people were requesting that investigations for the incidents of burning and demolishing churches would be completed and the new law for building churches, that was promised four months ago, would be passed.

This evening it turned to be very violent between demonstrators and the military. More than 20 people were killed and more than 100 were injured.

Tomorrow there will be a large meeting for the House of Bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church and political leaders will have a separate meeting to discuss a way out of this very difficult situation. I would appreciate your prayers for our beloved country.

We will hold prayer meetings tomorrow and I hope that I can meet with Muslim religious leaders in order to discuss a way forward for the situation.

Thank you for your prayers.

+Mouneer

The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
President Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East

Photo caption: Egyptian relatives of one of the Copts who was killed during clashes with the Egyptian army late on October 9 mourn over his coffin outside the morgue of the Copts’ hospital in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, October 10, 2011. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP