Anglican cathedral in Zanzibar joins fight against modern slavery

[Anglican Alliance] The Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar’s plans to create a center at its renovated Christ Church Cathedral to raise awareness about the history of slavery in Zanzibar and current human trafficking realities in East Africa and worldwide. Part of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, the diocese embarked on the cathedral refurbishing project on Oct […]

Liberian churches honored for their services during Ebola outbreak

[World Council of Churches press release] Prayers and action undertaken by the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) during the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015 will be honored by the Liberian government with distinction of “Commander, Order of the Star of Africa.” The distinction will be conferred upon the LCC in an official ceremony on July 17. […]

Video: For refugees, language and life skills help in resettlement

[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Migration Ministries, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s refugee resettlement service, partners with local affiliates like Refugee Focus in Tucson, Arizona, to resettle annually some 5,000 refugees in the United States. In addition to providing newly arrived refugees with the items they’ll need during their first 30 days in the U.S., […]

WCC mourns the loss of Anglican ecumenist Kodwo E. Ankrah

[World Council of Churches press release] In a letter of consolation to the family and friends of Canon Kodwo E. Ankrah of the (Anglican) Church of the Province of Uganda, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed sympathy following the death on May 29 of “this great Pan-Africanist […]

Presiding Bishop moderates WCC panel on peace, security in the Congo

[Episcopal News Service] The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is ranked among the world’s poorest countries, and since the former Belgian colony fell into the hands of corrupt and power-hungry leaders following its independence in 1960, the Congolese have rarely experienced life without conflict. A May 27-29 World Council of Churches’ conference in Geneva, Switzerland, […]

Anglican churches assisting those displaced by crisis in Burundi

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi is preparing to assist people displaced by violence and insecurity due to the ongoing political crisis in the country. Unrest began last month with President Nkurunziza’s announcement that he intended to run for a third term of office, a re-election bid which his […]

Church in Burundi responds to people displaced by political tension

[Anglican Alliance] Recent political tensions in Burundi have increased uncertainty and fear of violence, leading to displacement in the country, with more than 100,000 people reported to have fled in recent days. The Church in Burundi is calling for prayers for peace, while it also responds to the needs of vulnerable people. After several weeks of political […]

Transformed by 12 years in Tanzania, missionaries set to return

[Episcopal News Service] As a child, the Rev. Sandra McCann dreamed of someday going to Africa. But she never imagined it would become her home, her ministry and her entire life for 12 years. When Sandy and her husband Martin reached their mid-50s, they made the audacious decision to give up their successful medical careers […]

Southern African primate warns against xenophobic violence

[Office of the Anglican Archbishop Of Cape Town] Warning against “the specter of revenge attacks” from African migrants living in South Africa, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town has added his voice to calls for an end to the current outbreak of xenophobic violence. “Foreigners are God’s people too and deserve the dignity and protection […]

Pilgrims continue to #ShareTheJourney, become refugee advocates

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church has been resettling refugees for 75 years, working with local congregations and resettlement agencies across the United States to welcome some of the most vulnerable people in the world who’ve fled violence, war, political, ethnic and cultural oppression. In early March, eight Episcopalians traveled to Kenya and Rwanda to […]