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[Episcopal News Service]   
  • AFRICA: CAPA general secretary John Kanyikwa retires after five years' service
  • ENGLAND: Women bishops, preserving unity focus of 'Guildford Group' report
  • IRELAND: Christian and Muslim leaders make historic visit
  • RWANDA: New provincial secretary to promote development
  • WALES: Three-year review culminates in first meeting of new Church body

AFRICA: CAPA general secretary John Kanyikwa retires after five years' service

[ENS, SOURCE: CAPA] The management of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), led by its chairman, Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, bid farewell to CAPA general secretary Canon John Kanyikwa December 21, 2005. Kanyikwa had served the organization since June 2000.
        Attending a celebration dinner in honor of Kanyikwa's ministry to CAPA were his wife Lillian and grandchildren Aje and Nija, as well as Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi of Kenya, the CAPA Management, present and former CAPA staff and some staff members of the Anglican Church of Kenya.

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ENGLAND: Women bishops, preserving unity focus of 'Guildford Group' report

[ENS, SOURCE: Church of England] A Church of England group is proposing a way forward aimed at both permitting women to become bishops -- should General Synod vote in favor of this -- and of preserving the maximum amount of unity within the Church.
        The group, chaired by Bishop Christopher Hill of Guildford, was set up by the House of Bishops to assess a range of possible options first put forward in 'Women Bishops in the Church of England?' a report produced by a group chaired by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali of Rochester in November 2004.
        Publication of the Guildford Group's report follows a vote in General Synod in July 2005 to set in train the process for removing the legal obstacles to the ordination of women bishops.
        Having reviewed the options over the past 12 months, the Guildford Group is recommending a way forward known as Transferred Episcopal Arrangements (TEA), that are intended to meet the essential needs of those who could not accept that women should be bishops, while avoiding the creation of any new jurisdiction, diocese or province within the Church, according to "Women in the Episcopate: the Guildford Group Report," which will be debated by General Synod in February.

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IRELAND: Christian and Muslim leaders make historic visit

[ENS, SOURCE: Church of Ireland] The Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Rev. Dr. Robin Eames, and the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Rev. John Neill, are hosting senior Muslim and Christian leaders from Egypt to Ireland as part of a program to create and develop understanding between the two religious communities.
        The historic visit, from January 19-24, has been organized by the Church Mission Society Ireland (CMSI), and follows a similar visit paid by CMSI to Egypt, led by Neill and Roman Catholic Bishop John McAreavey of Dromore in 2004. The guests will attend events in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.
        The Egyptian delegation includes the Episcopal (Anglican) Bishop in Egypt, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, His Excellency Shaykh Dr Ali Gomma Mohamed Abdel Wahab, the Grand Mufti of Egypt and Rector of al-Azhar University, Shaykh Fawzy el-Zefzaf, and Dr. Ali El Samman, president and vice-president respectively of al-Azhar Mosque Permanent Committee for Dialogue with Monotheistic Religions.
        In looking forward to the visit, Eames said, "I am delighted to welcome this delegation from Egypt to Ireland. I know of the great work that is being carried on in the inter faith discussions at al-Azhar in Cairo which is leading to closer understanding between Christians and Muslims. It is a privilege to have the leaders in those discussions visit us and we look forward to what they have to share with us. With a growing Islamic presence in Ireland, I welcome this initiative as we seek to create a climate of understanding."
        Among the events the visitors will be attending are receptions hosted by both Archbishops, visits to churches and mosques and community groups. They will also meet with the Irish President Mary McAleese and pay a visit to Stormont Parliament Buildings. Receptions have been organized by the Egyptian Embassy, the Coptic Christian community, and the Muslim communities in Belfast and Dublin. 

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RWANDA: New provincial secretary to promote development

[ENS, SOURCE: L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda] The new Provincial Secretary for the Episcopal Church of Rwanda, the Rev. Emmanuel Gatera, has vowed to work around the clock to help the church achieve the Millennium Development Goals in pursuit of its bid to attain holistic development.
        In his first address to the press, Gatera noted that educational gates would be opened for the church's flock to fight illiteracy in society. He said that evangelization would be promoted so as to help heal the wounds which Rwandan society sustained during the 1994 Genocide.
        He further pointed out that poverty reduction strategies would be introduced across the church's Dioceses to fight poverty within the community. He also appealed to Rwandans to love one another for the sake of building peace in the region.
        Rwanda was left in shackles during 1994 when more than one million innocent people were murdered during the genocide.

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WALES: Three-year review culminates in first meeting of new Church body

[ENS, SOURCE: Church of Wales] A meeting last week marked both the end of an era and the beginning of a new one for the Church in Wales. Since early 2003, the Church in Wales has been reviewing its finances and structures. Last week saw one of the positive outcomes of that process with a new, slimmed down, incarnation of the Representative Body meeting for the first time.
        Areas of review included pension provision, clergy remuneration and decision making structures.
        One of the decisions arising from the review was that the Representative Body itself should be significantly reduced in size. It was this new body -- of up to 26 members (down from a previous size of 75 members), which met for the first time last week.

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