Video: Young adult missionary transformed by service in Tanzania

[Episcopal News Service] Andy Russell from the Diocese of Southern Virginia has served as a Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) volunteer in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika, Tanzania, where he supported the diocesan communications efforts and the Carpenter’s Kids orphan support program. The experience, Russell says, has helped him to grow and expand his outlook on life. […]

Historic gathering of the Portuguese speaking dioceses of Africa

[Anglican Communion News Service] Young people from three Portuguese speaking dioceses in Mozambique and Angola have this week taken part in a historic first joint meeting. The two countries are both Portuguese-speaking, but as they are separated by more than 1,200 miles, contacts between them have been few up to now. But now young people […]

Archbishop Justin welcomes South Sudan Council of Churches to Lambeth Palace

[Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Nov. 25 welcomed the ecumenical delegation of the South Sudan Council of Churches, following their recent visit to Pope Francis in Rome. The delegation briefed the Archbishop of Canterbury on the situation in South Sudan and what the Church continues to do, and the outcome of […]

Advent focus on Christians of Mozambique and Angola

[Anglican Communion News Service] The stories of Christians from Mozambique and Angola who have “been quietly getting on with building and being the church” will be published over the next four weeks as part of an Advent campaign by Manna – the Mozambique and Angola Mission Association. Their #StoriesOfLoveComing social media campaign is a follow-up […]

Millions face starvation as famine hits southern Africa

[Anglican Communion News Service] The people of Madagascar, Malawi and Zimbabwe are facing the risk of death as erratic weather, drought and crop failures have resulted in chronic food shortages. Hundreds of people have already died from malnutrition and that figure is set to rise substantially. One young person being confirmed in the Diocese of […]

Southern Africa: Jesus Christ is ‘unique selling point’ in church’s nurture of young people

[Anglican Communion News Service] The importance of investing in young people for the future of the Church was one of the messages to emerge from the Anglicans Ablaze conference, held earlier this month in Cape Town, South Africa. The Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) has now published two videos by African journalist Bellah Zulu which […]

Nigerian primate’s ‘delight’ at release of Chibok girls

[Anglican Communion News Service] The release of 21 schoolgirls who had been held by Islamist terror group Boko Haram has been met with “delight, relief and optimism” by the Anglican Church of Nigeria. The 21 were among 276 students kidnapped from the north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014. A spokesman for Nigerian President […]

West African Anglicans plan five-year post-Ebola mission strategy

[Anglican Communion News Service] It is 10 months since the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that the two-year Ebola outbreak in west Africa was at an end; but the aftermath of the health crisis will take many years to resolve. The effects of the Ebola crisis are wide ranging; and include damage to infrastructure, barren […]

Anglican Church of Southern Africa rejects blessing of same-sex civil unions

[Anglican Church of Southern Africa] The Anglican Church of Southern Africa voted Sept. 30 to reject a proposal to allow “prayers of blessing” to be offered for people in same-sex civil unions under South African law. The vote was taken by the church’s Provincial Synod, its top legislative body, on a proposal by the Diocese of […]

Southern Africa: Archbishop calls for calm after violent university protests

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has appealed for calm after violent protests gripped universities across South Africa. After a major series of protests last year, students are once again protesting against course fees. The latest discord came after education minister Blade Nzimande said that tuition fees will rise by eight per […]