This June, world Christian leaders have made an inspirational call for decisive action on climate change. The Archbishop of Canterbury, with other faith leaders, signed the Lambeth Declaration and also spoke out together with the Ecumenical Patriarch on climate justice. In the same week, the Pope issued his landmark encyclical letter on ecology, reflecting on humanity’s relationship with the planet and on issues of climate justice.
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Dioceses of Texas and West Texas in response to severe flooding caused by weeks of heavy rain across the region.
The ability of Anglican schools to deliver quality education received a boost through the participation of three Anglican education leaders and their churches’ companion dioceses in the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Scheme.
Anglican Alliance co-Director, Andy Bowerman, is joining the People’s Pilgrimage to Paris to encourage world leaders to take decisive action on climate change when they meet in Paris in December. People are being encouraged to sign up from all over the globe – and if at all possible they are being asked to walk or ride to the French capital. Here Andy Bowerman gives some personal reflections on why he is joining the pilgrimage.
The Anglican Alliance was on hand to celebrate inspiring examples of international development work as the 2015 Bond Awards were conferred at King’s Palace in London on 1st June 2015.
Harriet Baka, Mothers’ Union provincial coordinator for the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan (ECSSS), was shortlisted for the 2015 Bond Humanitarian Award in recognition for her tireless work for peace and sustainable development in her country.
The Anglican Alliance’s initiated economic empowerment programme funded by the Commonwealth Foundation has concluded successfully with the formation of a cooperative for low-income women in the remote village of Kanaynagar in Bangladesh.
It is the first time that such a cooperative has been formed comprising women from across the parish – Christian and Muslim together. Kanaynagar Parish is situated in a coastal area of the country and has been significantly impacted by climate change.
The Anglican Church of Burundi is preparing to assist people displaced by violence and insecurity due to the ongoing political crisis in the country. Meanwhile, Anglican churches in neighbouring Tanzania and D.R.Congo are also responding with help for Burundian refugees crossing into their dioceses.
At the recent Lusophone meeting in Brazil, Rev Helen Van Koevering shared an account of the Anglican Church in Mozambique’s response to severe flooding that recently affected northern Mozambique, as well as Malawi.
A week after the second earthquake, the extent of the devastation is emerging in Nepal. Eight million people have been affected by the earthquakes, more than 8,600 people have been killed, 16,808 people reported injured and more than 750,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, according to latest UNOCHA figures (18 May 2015).