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Bishop Michael Scott-Joynt RIP
It is with great sadness that we received the news of the death of CCA’s patron, Bishop Michael Scott-Joynt on Saturday 27th August. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Lou, and their family, and assure them of our prayers at this very difficult time. Details of the funeral service in Winchester Cathedral may be found here. Bp Michael became patron of CCA in 2000, and made extensive visits to the Anglican Church of Congo and was a trusted and wise friend to many there. He was a tireless advocate for peace and justice in DR Congo in the UK Parliament. We thank God for Bp Michael’s life of dedicated service and witness to Christ.
Annual General Meeting with speakers from Congo held on Saturday 11th October in Cambridge
After a short business meeting, our speakers were Rev Bisoke (youth work throughout DRC), Rev Nzua (evangelism in Aru diocese), Dr Francesca Elloway (palliative care in Aru and beyond), and Amy Ross (recent visitor to Goma). Many thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for their hospitality.
Campaign for Peace in the Great Lakes launched
On Advent Sunday, 1st December 2013 leaders of the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in DR Congo, Rwanda and Bunia gathered in Goma, eastern Congo, to launch a year-long Campaign for Peace in the Great Lakes Region. The campaign aims to work at every level, with local populations especially youth, and also with the respective governments, in initiatives that promote will peace, justice and reconciliation and bring transformation to the region. The Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster have expressed their support in a letter praising the "courage and dignity" of the Congolese Christians and offering prayerful and practical support to the initiative. You can read the letter here.
This collaboration between Anglican and Catholic churches and the three countries is unprecedented, and there is the hope that other churches will join in too. On Advent Sunday a joint pastoral letter was read in Anglican and Catholic churches across the region, outlining the vision and hopes for the coming year and encouraging them to work together in their communities. Micah 6 v 8 is a key text in the campaign: He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
During Advent, as we remember the coming of Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace, please pray for this campaign and continue to pray regularly over the coming year, and encourage your churches to do so. Please pray for Anglican and RC church leaders from DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, remembering especially Abp Isingoma Henri of Congo, and pray for peace, reconciliation and justice to be established at every level of society in the Great Lakes Region.
A Prayer for the Democratic Republic of Congo
O God, loving parent of all, comfort your children displaced, wounded or orphaned by conflict in Congo; and give the people of that country courage to seek enduring peace with justice and freedom, that their children might grow up without fear; for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Adapted by Canon Ian Tarrant from a prayer in the 1998 Congo Swahili Prayer Book, written after the 1996-97 war.
Objects of the Association
- To advance the Christian Religion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- In partnership with the Anglican Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo to relieve poverty and to provide for the needs of refugees and the displaced.
- In partnership with the Anglican Church in the DRC and civil society there to promote and sustain schemes for peace and reconciliation, health, education and community development for the welfare and benefit of the population.
- To relieve poverty among the clergy and former clergy of the Anglican Church and the widows and dependants of any such persons.
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If you are a UK taxpayer, under the Government's Gift Aid Scheme the Congo Church Association can reclaim tax you have already paid on your gift. This means your gift will be increased by 25 pence for each pound given, at no extra cost to you.
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