CAPA seeks a ‘unified and self-sustaining Anglican Church in Africa’

first_imgCAPA seeks a ‘unified and self-sustaining Anglican Church in Africa’ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA By Bellah ZuluPosted Feb 21, 2014 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Bishops from Burundi, Congo and Rwanda attend CAPA leadership training in Kenya. Photo: ACNS[Anglican Communion News Service] It’s a well-known fact that since the establishment of the Anglican Church in Africa in the 1800s, the Africa churches have largely depended on outside donors for material, mission and financial support. Until recently most Africa Christians did not believe that the church could survive without the support of western donors.The Rev. Canon Grace Kaiso is the general secretary of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), which coordinates and articulates issues affecting the church and communities on the continent. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Anglican Communion Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Press Release Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York He has been very outspoken on issues to do with the independence of the Africa church. In a special interview with ACNS he said: “Africa has realized that it has resources and so we want the Christians in Africa to now own the mission of the church.”CAPA is a regional faith-based organization that was established in 1979 in Chilema, Malawi, by the Anglican primates of Africa. It operates in 12 Anglican provinces: Burundi, Central Africa (Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe), Congo, and the Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Seychelles and Mauritius); Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Southern Africa (Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa Swaziland), Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, West Africa (Ghana, Cameroon, Togo, Sierra Leone and Liberia), and the Diocese of Egypt.For about 35 years, CAPA has reached out to individuals, communities and groups through her over 40 million dedicated church members in different communities in Africa. Administratively, CAPA is headed by a council that is led by a chairman, supported by other executives and other officers for the smooth running of the provinces’ activities. It also has a secretariat headed by a general secretary located in Nairobi, Kenya.“CAPA endeavors to build the capacity of the Anglican Churches in Africa to better understand the issues of mission and development within and outside the Anglican Communion,” said Canon Grace. “We also aim to provide a forum for the Church in Africa to share experiences, consult and support each other as well as establish opportunity for collaboration, learning and joint initiatives.”Empowering and building the capacity of churches in Africa is among CAPA’s top priorities and over the years training, networking and sharing opportunities have been availed to archbishops, clergy and laity. In October last year, CAPA facilitated for seven bishops from the provinces of Burundi, Congo and Rwanda to attend a weeklong leadership training for French speakers in Nairobi, Kenya.The general secretary emphasized that the “re-articulation of the moral and spiritual resources of the church in the realm of human development will help bring about a new society in which the weak, the poor and the vulnerable have an equal voice and are not divided by selfish gains of tyranny or by the forces of social fragmentation such as tribalism and nepotism.”“We’re also challenging the Provinces in Africa to mobilize the professionals which they have so that they can bring their skills to bear on the mission of the church,” said Kaiso. “It’s simply a question of challenging our professionals in the area of discipleship. How can the use the gifts that God has given them be used as resources for mission.”He added: “In the area of natural resources, the Africa churches are endowed with untapped abundance of resources, social and moral capital to deliver development especially in the most remote parts of the continent. This is a good chance to complement the work of State actors and civil society in education, health, agriculture, rural water supply and infrastructural projects.”“We are on a mission to effectively coordinate and provide a platform for the Anglican Church in Africa to celebrate life, consult and address challenges in the continent,” said Kaiso. “We would like to fulfill God’s promise for abundant life through fellowships, partnerships, capacity building and promotion of good governance and social development.”CAPA as a continental fellowship of the Anglican Communion is committed to “deepening of the values of dignity and integrity, healing and social transformation and to enable the people of God to grow in the faith and live life in its fullness.”In recent years, the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa has been a very positive force on the continent especially in the area of managing conflicts, engaging in peace building initiatives especially in the context of electoral process, which seems to be a big problem in most African countries.The organization emphasizes self-sustainability for the church in Africa, which in so many ways than one, continues to rely on donor support to implement some if not most of its programs.Kaiso said that CAPA looks forward to a “unified and self-sustaining Anglican Communion in Africa that it able to provide a holistic ministry to all and fulfilling God’s promise for abundant life.”The Church in Africa can achieve a lot if it were to take note of the resources that are readily available to them. Drawing on the Gospel where Jesus feeds five thousand people from only five loaves and two fish, CAPA is developing a mapping tool to take note of what the Africa church already has.“We hope this will help parishes and communities around Africa to look at what is there and also challenge themselves to what extent they have been faithful stewards and how can we harness what is there to get where we want to be,” said Kaiso.The issue of empowerment takes center stage in most of CAPA’s programs. There is more emphasis towards helping the vulnerable especially with regards to gender injustices, exploitation, child trafficking and assisting displaced families and communities.It clear that CAPA has a very ambitious program for the Anglican Church in Africa. From organizing meetings for African primates to liaise on issues affecting the continent, building capacity among development workers who address issues of poverty and economic empowerment, to bringing together various clergy and their wives through retreats meant to reflect and meditate on the importance of family life and how that can affect the health and growth of the church.However raising finances from within the African Church has been a challenge. “We are launching a program called Africa reaching out to Africa,” reported Kaiso. “We seek to mobilize Christians across the continent to own the mission of the church. If we can get local people to commit even US$20 per year towards the mission of the church, that would much a huge difference.”Despite the emphasis on local partners, CAPA still hopes to establish and develop lasting partnerships from both within and outside Africa and the Anglican Communion as a whole.Kaiso, who spoke passionately about the potential of Africa, concluded: “We believe very firmly in Africa and the church here. 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Sales records smashed with sale of five-bedder in Everton Park

first_imgFamily livingWhich means that 25 Little St could be the highest normal residential sale in the neighbourhood. In an area where the median house price is $601,000, he said the size of the block and its location set it apart. Perfect place to sit back and chillMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoAfter crunching the numbers, auctioneer Phill Broom from Harcourts said it could be a record breaker for Everton Park.Although number of residential properties in the area have sold for more, he said these appeared to be part of anamalgamation into a development site. BIG EARNER: This home might be a record breakerTHIS home might be on Little St, but when it came to the auction the sales price was anything but small.The sale of the expansive family home in Everton Park might just be a new record for the suburb.The five-bedroom home at 25 Little St, Everton Park was auctioned off for $1.21 million on Saturday.center_img Modern interiors“It is a huge, it has five bedrooms, a study and a media room,” he said. The home is on an 809 sqm block, and it also has the benefit of neighbouring on to parklands. “Those bigger blocks have become much rarer in the family friendly suburbs,” he said. Although only a handful of homes in the area have cracked the million dollar mark, Everton Park has grown by 33.6 per cent over the last five years according to CoreLogic.last_img read more

In the church of Obama

first_imgJacob DlaminiI recently attended a church service on the south side of Chicago in the US Midwest. It was without doubt one of the most moving services I have sat through in a long time, with a sermon so considered, so fiery it is likely to stay with me forever.It was the kind of service that reminds sceptical Christians like me that there is more to life than our material concerns. But it was not simply the service that stood out for me. It was the totality of the experience. Let me share some of it with you.The first thing that struck me about the outside of the cream-coloured church building was the flags hanging outside it, flags in the black-green-and-gold colours of black liberation in the US, the same colours of South Africa’s African National Congress.The second thing that stood out for me was the many American men and women in traditional African attire. The clothes came in all kinds of material and colours: from the earthy brown, thick woollen get-up that calls to mind the ancient kingdom of Mali, the flowing shiny robes beloved of Nigerians to dashikis made popular by black revolutionaries in the 1960s. There were also a fair number of people in what we might call their Sunday best: western-style suits for men and formal dresses for women.The third remarkable thing about the church was that while it is an essentially black congregation, there were many white visitors on the day that I attended, including a young man from Italy.Two pews in front of me sat a white family from a sister congregation somewhere else in the American Midwest. White faces were seated everywhere inside the church and some in fact looked like regulars.The two-story megachurch is, from what I could make out, built in the shape of an octagon. The pulpit was placed slightly off-centre and, behind the pulpit, sat the church’s choir, with each member (including a middle-aged white man) in traditional African attire.Positioned between the choir and the pulpit was the church band, a professional-sounding outfit that boasted two keyboardists, a bass player, a drummer and, if memory serves, a piano player. Some of the church’s songs were accompanied by dancing from the Sunday school troupe, young boys and girls clad in all-white uniforms.I must have visited on a lucky Sunday because there were baptisms scheduled for the day. The baptisms were an interesting mix of conventional Christian theology and African mythology.The baptised babies, each accompanied by his or her parents and a godparent, were each given a taste of pepper, salt, vinegar and honey by church elders. This was so they may know life can be both bitter and sweet, explained Reverend Otis Moss, the church’s new pastor. It is an ancient West African practice carried over into north America and kept alive by African-Americans.Then came, after some singing, the sermon. Titled The Tragedy of a Successful Father, the sermon was about the failure of fathers to balance their public and private lives.Reading from the book of Samuel, the pastor used the story of King David’s failure to be a proper father and mentor to his son Absalom to talk about the challenges that faced fathers. The pastor said David had been a model but not a mentor to Absalom and that this had led to Absalom’s death. The pastor then brought this to the present by talking about the failure of black men in the US to serve as mentors to their children.The pastor said black America was crying out for: “BMWs – black men worshipping; BMPs – black men praying.” It was a stirring ceremony.The highlight came when the pastor invited BMWs to join him at the centre of the church and to commit themselves to respecting women and serving as mentors to their children. He asked the men who joined him in the centre of the church to commit to being responsible and sensible adults and, most importantly, to fight racism and injustice.What is the name of this church, you ask? Why, it is Trinity United Church of Christ, Barack Obama’s former church. As we all know, Obama left Trinity unceremoniously in early 2008 after the church’s pastor Jeremiah Wright, who has since retired from the pulpit, almost derailed Obama’s presidential bid with incendiary comments about American politics and the US’s treatment of black people, not to mention withering sermons he had given over a 30-year period.But Obama was a member of the church for about 20 years and it is fair to assume that he absorbed his church’s commitment to justice and love of Africa during his time there. Obama takes his faith seriously and it is gratifying to think that he will take a strong sense of justice and individual responsibility to the White House with him.For me, the best part about Trinity was seeing the proud display of the church’s awareness of and commitment to Africa. I know that Obama, whose father was Kenyan, is an American president first and foremost and that his skin colour has nothing to do with how he might approach his foreign policy. Why should it?Still, it was edifying to be inside a church that Obama and his family attended for 20 years and to hear first-hand the church’s commitment to social justice and personal responsibility. Let’s pray Obama places those two principles at the centre of his policy towards Africa.Go to the MediaClub weekly columns home pageJacob Dlamini is a PhD student in History at Yale University, a columnist for The Weekender, and former political editor of Business Day.last_img read more

R1bn metal coating plant opens in SA

first_img6 March 2012 Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies stressed the importance of the steel industry to South Africa’s economic development as he officially opened Mauritius-based Safal Steel’s new R1-billion metal coating facility in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal on Monday. “This investment, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and in which the Industrial Development Corporation also participated, clearly demonstrates Safal Group’s confidence in South Africa as an investment destination and the maturity of our steel industry.” The facility has a capacity of 150 000 tons a year of both un-painted and painted coated coil, which is sold on to the roofing and general engineering sectors. There are plans to double the volumes to 300 000 tons in the near future.One of SA’s largest manufacturing sectors Speaking at the opening of the facility, Davies said the steel industry was one of largest manufacturing sectors in South Africa’s economy and critical from an economic development point of view. “The facility is manufacturing and supplying coated steel roofing to both the local and global markets, with 60 percent of the product targeted for the local market and the balance for exports,” Davies noted. “The facility has already created 370 jobs, mainly employing people from local community, Durban and Pietermaritzburg.” Davies emphasised the linkages between infrastructure development and manufacturing, and said that investment projects that enhanced productive capacity should be supported.Business, government partnership The minister said the plant bore testimony to the important partnership that had been built between business and the government, and the role that business was playing in the country’s economic and industrial development. Through the DTI’s Enterprise Investment Programme, R30-million was approved for the investment, of which R22.5-million had been paid, and R9-million in support was granted under the DTI’s Critical Infrastructure Programme. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) also provided significant funding facilities for the project. Davies said his department understood the significance of the project and would assist in dealing with challenges that might hinder its long-term viability. Safal Group currently operates in 16 African countries. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

May 25, Zach Profit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’re looking pretty good. We’ve been done for three weeks or more with planting, except for our last 75-acre field that we put tile in. We felt like we had enough time to get it tiled before we planted it. I’m trying to get it planted right now. I made one pass around the field last night and blew a hydraulic hose. We just started sidedressing today. We’ve been hauling corn and watching stuff grow. The distance between good places and bad places is not far. You don’t have to go very far for it to get pretty ugly. The central part of the county is looking pretty good but the extreme south part of Van Wert County could use a shot of rain and up north they have had more rain. There is more to do yet in the north and fields are still unplanted. Then, as you go further north up 127 it gets pretty ugly. We are in pretty good shape compared to them. Everything except for the field we are tiling is up and I think the corn will be knee high by June 4 and not July 4. The soybeans are looking good too but we could definitely use a shot of rain here. On May 18 we got about an inch of rain but that was pretty variable. To the south and north they didn’t get that in Van Wert County. If we can just keep the rain coming I think we’ll be in good shape. We got our herbicide application on the corn done and I think we are going to start working on the weedier bean fields. The emergence has been good. Everything is up and going. We even went so far as to unhook the corn planter the other day. We do have some interesting things going on with nitrogen. About half of our corn will be straight anhydrous which is normally what we do. We also put on a couple hundred acres of fall anhydrous and then we are going to use a split application of 28% with Y-drops, maybe at V10. We had some interesting results last year and we are interested to see how this goes this year.last_img read more

LinkedIn IPO: What The Analysts Are Saying

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#web Business social network LinkedInfiled to go public on the stock market today and is expected to be just one of a number of initial public offerings by tech companies this year. In a survey we ran on ReadWriteWeb earlier this month, 66.04% of respondents said they would consider buying stock in LinkedIn – but what have the professional analysts got to say about the opportunity? Not a lot yet, it turns out. We’ve gathered some of the most interesting reactions so far below.What do you think of those opinions? I think they paint a good picture of the breadth of reactions and they all seem fair to me.LinkedIn says it will be using the money raised for general operating, marketing and acquisitions of other companies. That sounds interesting.Once bidding begins on the stocks issued, the value of the stocks already held by investors and execs will be determined. Nicholas Carlson at Business Insider did some math today and came up with an estimate: That would mean LinkedIn [founder] Reid Hoffman’s 21.4% stake is worth $430 million. CEO Jeff Weiner’s is worth $80 million. [VCs:] Sequoia’s stake – bought for $4.7 million – is worth $380 million, Greylock’s $320 million, Bessemer’s, $100 million.For more business details, see AllThingsD.Not bad. Hopefully the service will grow more useful. It’s certainly just begun to tap into what it could do. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more


first_imgExamples of the photos taken by Sporting Images at the 2005 Youth World Cup can be viewed in the 2005 Youth World Cup photo gallery. Simply click on ‘gallery’ on the left hand side of the homepage and then scroll down to number 7: Youth World Cup. There are several pictures on display here. All photos will also be available for purchase and viewing at from next Thursday onwards. Simply follow the links to Touch- Youth World Cup on their website.last_img

22 days agoSpurs hero Berbatov: Would Kane turn down Real Madrid?

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Spurs hero Berbatov: Would Kane turn down Real Madrid?by Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane could walk into any team into the world, according to Dimitar Berbatov.The England captain scored and played well despite Spurs losing to Bayern Munich 7-2 on Tuesday night.”I was watching Harry Kane against Bayern Munich and even though it was a bad result, throughout the game his movement, control of the ball, passing, play with his teammates and finishing was excellent,” Berbatov wrote in his column for Betfair. “For me he is the complete striker, I know that he can walk into any team and play. He is big enough and knows what he needs to do to win trophies in his career and he’s probably asking questions himself, it’s up to him.”I would love to see him win something with Spurs because he is Spurs. In the case of Kane and every other Spurs player, I think that every fan wants to see them win something in the end because they have good players and the manager is so good, but if that isn’t happening you start asking questions and you will probably disappoint many people if you decide to leave but you have to follow your own path because time flies.”There will always be lots of rumours about him because he is a top player and I would like to see Kane continue here in England, the same goes for [Mauricio] Pochettino but I know when Real Madrid come calling, you are going to ask yourself a million questions.” last_img read more

Video: Porn Star Mia Khalifa Outlines The Reasons That Braxton Miller Should Transfer To Florida State

first_imgCardale Jones throwing a pass at an Ohio State football practice.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: Quarterbacks J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes watch alongside Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes as Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the offense for the Ohio State Buckeyes Gray team against the Scarlet team at Ohio Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Noted Florida State fan Mia Khalifa, who is also one of the world’s most famous adult film stars, has been trying to recruit Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to play for her Seminoles for weeks now. Last Friday, Khalifa tweeted at Miller in an attempt to persuade him to finish his college career in Tallahassee. Apparently she needed more than 140 characters to outline the reasons that the Buckeye star should make the move to FSU, so she put together a video for her full pitch. Among her pitches are Florida’s beaches and vacation spots, which he can’t find in Ohio, Jimbo Fisher’s coaching acumen, the ability to beat Clemson, and, of course, the girls of Florida State. She also makes sure to play it safe when it comes to NCAA. We’re not sure if this will help sway Miller at all, but it certainly can’t hurt.last_img read more

Baseball Ohio State turns to transfer Kobie Foppe to replace twotime captain

Ohio State junior shortstop Kobie Foppe throws a ball during practice. Foppe is set to start at short in 2018 for the Buckeyes. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State baseball team was dealt a blow after the end of the 2017 season when senior shortstop Jalen Washington graduated and left for professional baseball.The two-time captain was not only one of the most productive hitters for the team, but he also gave the Buckeyes a veteran dynamic it lacked.“I think the thing we’ll miss more than anything is his leadership and his presence in our clubhouse,” head coach Greg Beals said.One of the people tasked with helping replace him will be Kobie Foppe, a transfer from South Mountain Community College in Phoenix. It will not be easy.Washington was a versatile defender who could play both catcher and shortstop. He consistently hit in the top two positions of the lineup, tying for the team lead with both seven home runs and 14 stolen bases. He led the Buckeyes with 38 RBI and was the only player to appear in all 56 games.Foppe is set to be the team’s starting shortstop to open the season. Despite being touted as the 10th-best high-school prospect from Arizona in the 2014 class by baseball scouting service Perfect Game, Foppe went the junior college route.“I originally was gonna go to [Arizona State University] out of high school,” Foppe said. “Unfortunately there were a couple events that didn’t work out the way I would have wanted to, but going to South Mountain I think was actually probably better for me in turn.”Beals said he and his staff do their best to maintain connections with junior colleges in Arizona. Beals specifically reached out to his junior college contacts for a shortstop to add to the Buckeyes’ 2017 recruiting class.“We felt like that shortstop spot was somebody that we wanted to have some experience,” Beals said. “We felt like whomever was coming in needed to step in and play right away.”Foppe was identified as having the abilities Beals wanted. Then it became just a matter of convincing the Phoenix native that Columbus was the place for him.Foppe was sold on his visit.“I came on a gameday when they played Purdue. It was what they say, what they preach here, a brotherhood,” Foppe said. “That was really appealing to me and that ended up being a deciding factor.”In addition to a fielding style Beals termed “smooth,” Foppe has a vice grip on the mechanics required to play shortstop.“Just his instincts around the position,” Beals said. “The angles that he takes, just a real solid feel for baseball and a knack for being in the right spot.”Beals also is  confident in the double-play combination created by Foppe and second baseman Brady Cherry.“They’re doing really well together,” Beals said. “Cherry has a lot of arm strength, which is usually not a characteristic of a second baseman, so that facilitates a good double-play turn.”Now that he’s earned his starting role, Foppe wants to improve his offensive consistency to help contribute to the batting order. He doesn’t expect to fully replace Washington in home run or RBI production, but Beals does not need that from him.“This lineup, while it may not have a [former Ohio State left fielder] Ronnie Dawson in it, I like the one through nine and the depth within this lineup,” Beals said. “The vision of this offense is to be really tough, and wear down a pitching staff because of the quality of the at-bat we’re gonna be able to give top to bottom.”Foppe’s debut with the Buckeyes occurs on Feb. 16 when the team opens the 2018 season in  Port Charlotte, Florida, in the Snowbird Classic. read more