Labels: world gone crazy
Labels: world gone crazy
Bishop Mouneer elected President Bishop of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East
I request your prayers for this extra responsibility God has laid on my shoulders. I do feel very inadaquate for this responsibility. I shall need very special grace to be able to fulfill this role from the beginning of May when Bishop Clive our President Bishop retires. I would like to record a word of appreciation and thanks to Bishop Clive for his leadership of the Province. It will not be easy to follow in his steps. He will hand over the Primacy to me on the Wednesday 18th April at a service in All Saints Cathedral, Cairo.
We rejoice to welcome Bishop Derek and Alice Eaton, from New Zealand, back into the Diocese. They have willing agreed to work with me and take some of the burden from my shoulders. Bishop Derek will be installed in All Saints' Cathedral on the 25th February at 6pm. Do remember Derek and Alice in your prayers.
We also rejoice that the Provincial Synod has agreed to start a new Episcopal Area in the Horn of Africa and we now have the mandate to consecrate Canon Andrew Proud, Rector of St. Matthews, Addis Ababa, on the 12th April in Addis Ababa. Pray for Canon Andrew and Janice as they begin this pioneering ministry in the Episcopal Church in Ethiopia.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis
Bishop of The Episcopal/Anglican Church in Egypt and North Africa with the Horn of Africa
Given that the most likely scenario following dismissal of either the North American or African provinces within the Anglican Communion is complete fragmentation into multiple 'daughter' denominations, what hope is there for any kind of future within struggling Anglican diocese such as the Diocese of Egypt, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa? Within England, where the fractures are likely to be most obvious on the ground, will Canterbury retain anything worth having - and which segment does the Bishop see himself as being within?The Bishop replied that he did not accept that he was within any segment of the church, that there was not going to be fragmentation and that he had visited the Diocese of Egypt and it was not struggling.
"In a world driven by violence and strife, Gandhi's message of peace and non-violence holds the key to human survival in the 21st century. He rightly believed in the efficacy of pitting the sole force of the satyagraha against the brute force of the oppressor and in effect converting the oppressor to the right and moral point."I once read a very interested interview with Mandela - by Bill Clinton of all people. Clinton asked Mandela if he had feelings of anger on release from prison. Take a moment to wipe from your memory all that you know of Mandela, his presidency of South Africa and all that has happened since.
"Yes, I was angry. And I was a little afraid. After all I've not been free in so long. But, when I felt that anger well up inside of me I realised that if I hated them after I got outside that gate then they would still have me. I wanted to be free so I let it go."That was the measure of the man - he felt angry, and yet however much he was justified in his anger, he realised that freedom was worth more than retribution. An eye for an eye would have just made the whole of South Africa blind. And in that moment, Mandela moved from a cultural icon and freedom fighter to someone who lived the essence of Gandhiism - that whilst there is legally and morally nothing wrong with seeking justice when wrongfully accused, it is a far far greater thing to offer the hand of friendship and the gift of grace. That while violence may be the most natural tool to use to oppose tyranny, almost always the power of the tool of soul-force is far greater.