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Weekly Review 27 Nov - 3 Dec, 2010

Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:17 PM
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A weekly roundup of Anglican Communion news plus opinion, reviews, photos, profiles and other things of interest from across the Anglican/Episcopal world.

**The Weekly Review is taking a break for December, but will be back in January 2011. Have a great Christmas.**

This edition includes...

  • This week's Anglican Communion news
  • Anglican Life - The Anglican Church of Thailand ordains first Thai priest
  • Anglican Life - Jerusalem in Japan
  • Anglican Life - A Communion wedding
  • Anglican Life - Chaplain to be ordained among those she serves
  • Anglican Life - Polynesia Youth Exchange 
  • Video - The needs of the hungry met in New Jersey
  • Comment – Archbishop's reflection on his visit to Hiroshima
  • Publication of the Week The Anglican. The magazine of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland
  • Bookshelf The Anglican Covenant
  • Bricks & Mortar - Sri Lanka's "Great Church" celebrates 150 years
  • The coming week's Anglican Cycle of Prayer.

ANGLICAN NEWS


ANGLICAN LIFE

The Anglican Church of Thailand ordains first Thai priest

By the Diocese of Singapore communications department

(31 October, 2010) As the sun set on an unusually cold and chilly day in Bangkok, Revd Pairoj Phiammattawat was ordained at Christ Church. Led by Archbishop John Chew, hands were laid to ordain the first local Anglican priest of Thailand.

It was a historic moment. Over 300 witnesses gathered; some were pastors and leaders from other churches in Bangkok. Delegates from the wider Anglican family, were also present.

This proudest moment however truly belonged to the local Thai Anglicans. Leaders and members from Anglican congregations from other parts of Thailand were present to savor the occasion. After 105 years of Anglican work and presence, finally someone from amongst their ranks rose to assume the ministry of a clergy.

As friends from around the world gathered to express the support of the wider Anglican family, it was a local moment, as sweet as the local refreshments served later of pad thai and colorful desserts. Mrs Dorothy Jason, who with her late husband, Revd Gerald Khoo pioneered the local Anglican Thai work during the 80’s and 90’s was present to share in the joy. In fact, it was Revd Khoo who first persuaded Revd Pairoj to be trained for the ministry. The current Dean, Revd Yee Ching Wah could hardly hold back his emotions on this momentous occasion, “I was praying, in the words of St Paul in Romans 12, that we will be offering an acceptable worship before the Lord through our lives.

Sometime in the future, the Thai Church will look back to this day, and praise God for what He has done.” The church chosen for this event had her fair share of historical moments. Christ Church sits off North Sathorn Road, on a site given by King Chulalongkorn in 1904. She sees herself as a “spiritual oasis of living waters in the heart of Bangkok,” a fitting picture, given the beautiful garden that she is right at the heart of this highly urbanised city. This thought was hardly comforting though for those anxious about the floods in the areas north of Bangkok.

The Ordination Service was run in both Thai and English. Somehow, the two languages blended well. The sounds of Veni Creator in the vernacular were beautiful as the choir asked the Spirit to inspire. Archbishop Chew dedicated an inspiring message to Revd Pairoj. Speaking from Philippians 1, he spoke of the injustices which St Paul suffered. The apostle’s response was “if the Gospel is advanced and Christ is exalted, what does it matter?” It is far easier to organize events, ministry activities and make things happen.

But how will we react when our rights are affected and our inner character is tested? How will we react in a world which is constantly comparing and wondering who is greater? Facing these challenges, it is natural for us to complain, to defend or promote ourselves. But for Paul, “for him to live is Christ.” It is never about himself, but about Christ. He reminded Revd Pairoj to take both the short-term and long-term view. “If we have this resolute Christ-centered commitment within us, we can last the distance,” Archbishop Chew reminded us as he made a humorous reference to his approaching retirement.

Revd Pairoj, who felt honored and overwhelmed by the occasion, said, “I do not feel worthy of the attention and supportive presence of so many senior church leaders. Most of all, before the Lord, as I take up this ministry in His name, apart from His call and grace, I do not deserve this. I am immensely grateful to Archbishop John Chew and the many clergy who have contributed to my training and preparation for this role.” When asked what his thoughts are for the future of the Anglican Church here, he said that there is work to do as the Anglican Church is relatively new to local Thais. He is praying that in the years to come, more local Thais will be trained and ordained for the ministry.

From Singpore's latest Diocesan Digest visit http://www.anglican.org.sg/pdf/nov2010.pdf
Visit http://www.anglican.org.sg/index.html for more information about the Diocese of Singapore.

 

Bishop Suheil and Shafeeqa Dawani visit partners in Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Japan)

November 18-26: Bishop Suheil and Shafeeqa Dawani spent a week in Japan at the invitation of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai, the Anglican Church in Japan. The visit by the Dawanis was a joyful reunion for the women and delegates who have visited the Diocese of Jerusalem in recent years. The Dawanis were most warmly and respectfully received as is the custom in Japan, setting the tone for their most gratifying visit.

Welcomed by Bishop Jintaro Ueda of Tokyo and Bishop Samuel Osamu Onishi of Osaka, the Dawanis greeted the Synods of the Diocese of Tokyo and the Diocese of Osaka with a brief visit to Kyoto. Topics included the current situation in the Middle East, the Church’s responsibility in response to that situation, and the ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem.

With receptions and talks, there was ample time for Shafeeqa to speak on women’s empowerment. The gracious manner in which women are encouraged to share their talents in the Diocese of Jerusalem for the benefit of their churches and communities was well received in Japan.

The visit to Japan was the first for Bishop Dawani and the second for Shafeeqa. In spite of a busy schedule covering three dioceses in seven days, the Dawanis returned energized and encouraged by the heart, passion, and care of the Japanese for each other and the challenges facing Arab Christians throughout the Diocese of Jerusalem.

To see pictures from the visit and read the rest of the Diocese of Jerusalem's November newsletter download it at http://www.j-diocese.org/archive?ct=News Letters

Marriage Links Durham and Lesotho

From Newslink, the newspaper of the Diocese of Durham

Three years ago Durham geography graduate, Tamara Cuttill, volunteered to spend a year in Lesotho working both at the MIS orphanage and helping to develop the environmental project at the LINK site. The year turned into two and she fell in love with one of the LINK activity staff, Teboho, known to all by his nickname Danger. Tamara is now on the staff at the LINK as the environmental officer where she has successfully attracted Global Fund money for that work. She and Danger were married at her home church in Kent at the beginning of September and have returned to Lesotho to continue their lives and work there.

What follows are excerpts from a letter she sent shortly before their wedding which gives fascinating insights into life in Lesotho.

"Here is another update from Lesotho, about   little daily events that make life here challenging, fun, upsetting, and each day different. The first story I want to tell you is about a 17 year old boy who I have been helping with school work. He lived in a one room house with his mother, who was ill with cancer, and his younger brother. He has been going to high school and is in standard C (third year). He has epilepsy, which has been giving him problems recently. Because the hospital doesn't always have the right medication, he was put on 3 different types of medication over three months. Last week his mother passed away, so he is now looking after his little brother. His family lives in Thaba Tseka, a district in the mountains about 7 hours away, or they work in Johannesburg. They have all come together to organise the funeral, which will cost around 2 months salary. We will have to look at ways to allow him to continue in school and be able to support him and his family.

Yesterday, my friend Sue had a lady approach her, who lives near her. The young woman said that her father had raped her, and she is supporting herself and several other family members. She asked Sue for any work so she could earn some money to support her family. She gave Sue the mobile number of a neighbour to contact her as she can't afford her own phone. There are hundreds of women just like her all over Maseru.

Driving through town at the weekend I drove past a homeless man who was walking around with no trousers on (it is freezing here) a group of boys were laughing at him and everyone else ignored him. There is another homeless man who only has one leg, he hopped everywhere because he has lost or someone has stolen his crutches. Recently I think I have seen him with crutches again.

A few months ago a man come to my front gate and he told me that he has come down from the mountains with his family to look for work. He has twin 7 year olds who are going to school. He hadn't been able to find work, but he has been offered a pitch along a road selling fruit to people passing by. He asked if I could give him about £4 to buy some fruit so he could start up his own business. He was confident that the stall was in a good location, and that he would be able to do well selling fruit there. I asked him to come back and tell me how he is doing.

These are the parts of life here that I find difficult, but I don't want you just to read about these people, feel pity, be glad that you are tucked up in your nice warm house and think poor, poverty stricken people. I want you to think about what keeps these people going. The dignity that people everywhere hold on to, and their determination to support themselves, to keep going in the most difficult circumstances. If you were in their shoes, what would you do? Feel sorry for yourself, or go out and find yourself work, or crutches. I don't know about you, but I am constantly challenged by people's self-sufficiency, and stoicism to keep going, they are amazing people, who deal with things that I can't imagine and yet still manage to retain their self-respect.

And I am not an amazing person doing wonderful work, I am just an ordinary person who for some reason, God has called to live in Lesotho, who is faced with daily situations which I'm sure lots of you could deal with better than I do. But there are also lots of funny, wonderful parts of life here, that outweigh the difficulties (most of the time) and which I wouldn't give up for anything.'

To read the rest of the newspaper and see a picture of the happy couple visit http://bit.ly/eDBiC8

Chaplain to be ordained among those she serves

By Lynette Wilson, Episcopal News Service, December 02, 2010

On Dec. 3 in Chicago, hospital chaplain Carol Reese will become the Rev. Carol Reese in an ordination service at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, the former Cook County Hospital, where she has served as a chaplain in the trauma department since 2005. For Reese, formally entering the priesthood at the hospital -- her parish, really -- is an opportunity to call attention to the plight of the medically underserved: She is the first paid chaplain in the history of Stroger Hospital, and the only paid chaplain in the Cook County system.

"This is a public hospital -- probably half or a little more than half of patients are uninsured -- a hospital like this is always scrambling," said Reese in a telephone interview. "To think about doing something nonmedical, even though people thought it was a good idea, when some of the basic services are hard to provide, can seem a bit over the top.

"The thing that is interesting about this is colleagues, people who don't think of themselves as religious folks, see this as important and put a lot of time and effort into making this happen," she said. "[In the beginning] it wasn't the church people taking the lead; some have along the way …"

Some 10 years ago, Dr. Kim Joseph, a surgeon and division chair for critical care, and Sue Avila, a nurse epidemiologist, worked together on a project for the trauma department that involved asking former patients, many of them young African American men, about what it was that helped them through their trauma and they answered unequivocally, "faith," said Joseph, who doesn't consider herself "particularly religious," in a telephone interview.

"It's pretty unusual for us, in the world we live in, to get a clear cut answer," she said, adding that from there they started looking into how the department could provide professional pastoral care.

At first they considered forming a partnership with another hospital (Stroger Hospital is one of four major medical centers located in the Illinois Medical District), but preferred something more permanent and sustainable, and began looking for someone with a master of divinity degree and experience in nonprofit management, grant writing, social work who could minister to people of all denominations and backgrounds, Joseph said.

Enter Reese, who is a licensed clinical social worker, had worked in the past to raise money for chaplains, was formally the executive director of the AIDS Pastoral Care Network in Chicago, and who also had the necessary theological training.

Although other chaplains work at Stroger Hospital as volunteers, Reese worked with doctors and nurses from the trauma department and other supporters to create and fund her position, basing her argument on Joseph and Avila's findings and other research and studies in which patients cited their faith as the most important factor in seeing them through their medical ordeals. Reese joined the staff in September 2009. The American Hospital Association recommends one chaplain for every 100 patients.

"Medical outcomes are demonstrably improved when pastoral care is part of the total delivery system," said Chicago Bishop Jeffery Lee in a telephone interview." It's simply a matter of best practices and needs to be provided."

Lee first met Reese in 2008, shortly after he became bishop of Chicago, when Reese, Joseph and Avila gave a presentation about the importance of spiritual care in promoting the best medical outcome to the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago.

During the presentation the women cited studies and resources, making the case that spiritual care "is not an add on, it is a matter of standard care, and the scandal of not having a funded position in the Cook County system," Lee said.

"What was so arresting was Carol's commitment -- her heart is on fire for the population served there," said Lee in a telephone interview. "I thought to myself, 'Who is this person?' and then I figured out that she is one of mine. Her passion is infectious."

The really impressive thing, Lee said, is that Reese and her hospital colleagues were able to marshal support on both sides of the equation: the medical and the ecumenical religious community.

Bishop Demetrios Kantzavelos, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, who met Reese in the late 1980s at the height of the AIDS pandemic when she was working for the AIDS Pastoral Care Network, also became a supporter. The goal, he said in a telephone interview, is to "minister to the whole person."

Eventually, Kantzavelos said, he and others hope there will be a director of chaplaincies for the entire hospital.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will participate in Reese's ordination to the priesthood. Coincidentally, the presiding bishop will be in Chicago to give a free public lecture, "Health and Healing Across the World and Across the Street: Collaboration Between the Religious and Health Care Communities," and to participate in a panel discussion at nearby Rush University Medical Center prior to the ordination service.

"Having the presiding bishop there draws attention to the partnerships between people of faith and those who work in the medical community, reminding all of us that we are holistic beings and that for healing we need to address people on all levels," said Reese.

Take a look at Polynesia Youth Exchange

From Rev. John Hebenton TSSF, Anglican Youth Network Facilitator, Tikanga Pakeha

"On Monday (6th Dec) 130 young people and leaders will be gathering to Fiji from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, American Samoa, and Aotearoa-New Zealand for our supposedly biennial for Tikanga Youth Exchange (the last one was in 2006) and the launch of the Youth Yeah for the Diocese of Polynesia.

This week in Suva will be a week of learning about what it means to be a three Tikanga Anglican church, how we, led by God's Spirit have sought to incarnate the gospel in each culture that is part of our church, and yet seek to still be one together.

There will be live blogs, picture galleries put up each day, and interviews with speakers and participants posted each day. Check it out here: t3.org.nz and in particular here http://www.t3.org.nz/index.php/blog/week-exodus-to-fiji-for-anglican-youth/ Keep up to date. Pray for us.

Te pai me te rangim?rie."


VIDEO

Food pantry serves hungry residents of Asbury Park

By Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News Service

Hungry folks in Asbury Park, New Jersey, know that the food pantry at Trinity Church is there every week to help.

Video: http://bit.ly/hX1Mtt

More Multimedia: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/80056_ENG_HTM.htm


COMMENT

Short reflection on my visit to Hiroshima - The Most Reverend Roger Herft, Archbishop of Perth, Australia

“It was important for my first journey to Japan to make a journey to Hiroshima. The welcome and hospitality offered to me by Augustine Kobayashi and the family was overwhelming. In the midst of this vibrant, modern city is a sensitively constructed reminder of what took place on 6 August 1945 at 8.15am. As I entered Peace Park and the museum there were hundreds of primary school children engaged in study tours. I was disturbed and distracted by the shrieks of excitement that accompanied their conversation – after all I wanted to be quiet to take in the agony and anguish of those who had been vaporized by the atomic blast – and then it hit me – this is how it was on that morning. Men and women travelling to work, children in school or on their way neatly dressed in their uniforms, lunch boxes intact, all of them engaged in the animated conversation of the innocent - and then in a moment the promise of life with its potential snuffed out in the name of peace?

A drone of a plane, a dazzling light and radiated destruction – flesh melted as its heat spread, unfathomable mayhem and death over several miles – its mushroom cloud and the disastrous effects of its malignant power evident in children born to this day. My reaction was one of inner silence, tears and the wrenching of emotions, profound sadness and burning anger. I was reminded of St Augustine’s words “Faith has twin daughters. Anger at the way the world is – humanities sin – and Hope that in Christ there is the assurance that the world can be different”. I prayed for the victims of war and the many wounds that remain. I prayed for those whose memory is imprisoned in the hatred that generated such atrocities. Such calculated violence takes a great deal to be healed and transformed.

On my return to Australia I preached on my experience in Hiroshima. The reaction from many in the congregation shocked me. I had touched a nerve that remained as raw as ever. People angrily retold stories of the war. In the midst of the emotions was an understandable desire to justify the actions of a highly civilized, sophisticated, scientific group of nations saw the dropping of the atomic bomb as the only way to end the war. I was left with the thought that the war has not ended. There are no winners, all of us are losers - human beings scarred and who bequeath their wounds on generations to come.

On 6 August the Anglican Church, the Church of the Advent, in Hiroshima was, with the rest of thousands of people and the buildings around it, crushed into rubble. When the church was rebuilt it was renamed The Church of the Resurrection. Expectation of a forgiven world where enemies have become friends and who live out that transformation in hope. The NSKK keeps this fervent hope before the Anglican Communion and the world. It may be that the world has lost the sense of anger that things are not the way God created it to
be. So we settle for complacency and compromise rather than take serious the call to the peace we pray for in the world.”

Taken from the latest edition of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai Newsletter that can be found here: http://www.nskk.org/province/nskk_pdf/nl10_2_oct.pdf


PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK

The Anglican - The magazine of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland

Learn what's happening in Auckland, New Zealand by checking out the fully compostable The Anglican magazine for Advent 2010.

The latest issue includes thoughts from Bishop Ross, a Desert Care Protocol for pilgrims, and a story about a Friend in Zambia.


BOOKSHELF

The Anglican Covenant by Mark D. Chapman

Product Description: This book is a collection of essays by leading theologians and church leaders on the implications of the proposed Anglican Covenant, which has been offered as a solution to the recent crises facing worldwide Anglicanism. At the Anglican Primates' meeting in February 2007, a draft Covenant was commended for study by the constituent churches of the Anglican Communion. This book presents a sober and dispassionate discussion of the theology and politics behind the Covenant. The writers represent a number of different theological traditions and disciplines within and beyond Anglicanism. What unites them is a desire to understand other opinions and to listen to different views. The contributors include theological educators, church historians, ethicists, biblical scholars, and canonists from different parts of the Anglican Communion and from ecumenical partners. While the book aims to be dispassionate and to stand apart from the rhetoric of ecclesiastical parties, it also offers original and thought-provoking discussions based on detailed and thorough scholarship.

About the Author: Mark Chapman is Vice President of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford and a member of the Faculty of Theology, Oxford University. He has written widely on modern church history, ethics and theology. His books include Ernst Troeltsch and Liberal Theology (Oxford), The Coming Crisis (Sheffield), Blair's Britain (DLT) and Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford). The Rev. Dr. R. William Franklin, Ph.D., is Visiting Fellow and Associate Priest of the Anglican Centre in Rome and Associate Director of the American Academy in Rome. He is Dean Emeritus of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, and he was a Consultant at the 1998 Lambeth Conference. Canon Gregory Cameron was ordained in the Church in Wales in 1983. After years in Parish and Youth ministry he was he was appointed to the post of Director of Ecumenical Affairs at the Anglican Communion Office in 2003. As Director of Ecumenical Affairs and Studies, he was co-secretary of all international Anglican ecumenical dialogue commissions of the Anglican Consultative Council, and additionally Secretary to three Commissions of the Anglican Communion, including the Covenant Design Group.


BRICKS & MORTAR

An occasional column about Communion buildings....

Cultural integration through Christianity
150th anniversary of the Holy Emmanuel Church, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

By Keerthisiri Fernando, Sri Lanka

Introduction and Background
On the 27th of December 2010 the “Great Church” or Mahapalliya at Rawatawatte in Moratuwa will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. Although Holy Emmanuel Church is 150 years old the Anglican congregation there has a history of over 200 years. When the British took the coastal areas of Sri Lanka from the Dutch in 1796, many buildings where the Dutch worshipped became places for Anglican worship - the established religion of the British Empire. Accordingly, at Rawatawatte, from the latter part of the 18th century a Dutch building became a place of Anglican worship.

The Dutch structure was built in 1675 on the site of the general cemetery behind the present church. As the old building was in a dilapidated state, a new church was built in 1815 to replace the Old Dutch building. As the church was closely associated with the then British Governor Sir Robert Brownrigg it was called "Brownrigg Palliya". By the mid 19th century it was in poor condition and a proposal was presented to the Bishop of Colombo by Gate Mudaliyar Jeronis de Soysa to ask the Governor to authorize the building of a new church to replace the old one.  Consequently the necessary authorization was granted to build the new church. Hence the church celebrating 150 years was created in 1860 as an offspring of the previous churches.

General Context – early saga
With more than 200 years of Anglican worship Moratuwa is proud of its history of almost 500 years of Christianity. After the arrival of the Portuguese at the Galle harbour in 1505, by 1519  Roman Catholicism was practised in various areas in Moratuwa. When the Dutch seized the coastal areas from the Portuguese in 1658 there were many well-established and flourishing Roman Catholic churches in Moratuwa. When the Dutch persecuted the Portuguese and Roman Catholicism in Sri Lanka due to their opposition in Europe, almost all the Roman Catholic churches were smashed and in many places Dutch Reformed churches were erected. The Dutch Government in Sri Lanka prohibited all religions except the Dutch Reformed Church. The Dutch Reformed church building that stood behind the present church at the arrival of the British was built in the context of the social history of Moratuwa, which was an integral part of the history of Sri Lanka. 

The Church in society
Although introduced as a foreign faith, Christianity in Moratuwa is strongly rooted today, with all its social and spiritual consequences. In the last 500 years Christianity has progressed and grown, while shaping and reshaping all sociological conditions in the western coastal area of Sri Lanka. The history of the past two centuries of the congregation and the 150 years of the Holy Emmanuel Church at Rawatawatte is a living witness to this growth and progress.

Today the culture of Moratuwa is inseparable from Christian culture, which is well rooted in the area. Apart from the other Anglican churches and the churches of other denominations, Holy Emmanuel Church and its daughter churches (namely the church of St. Michael’s and all Angels, Willorawatte, St. Paul’s Church, Moratumulla, The Church of the Healing Christ, Kadalana and the Chapel at Uyana) have been playing a vital role. One of the unique features of this church is that from the beginning the church has been conducting worship mainly in Sinhala. This came through the day-to-day life of people in the area who have been proud of their language even under the British regime when prominence was give to English. This is quite  unique as the Anglican Church was the official religion of the British Empire. 

Today the tower of this church stands firmly at one end of the village of Rawatawatte as a landmark and has marked the boundary of the neighbouring village of Idama for one and a half centuries, and is an integral part of the identity of these villages. The clock of this tower rings its bells every 15 minutes according to its own style and has become a natural rhythm of the area crossing boundaries of the villages in Moratuwa.

The spiritual nourishment received from this church through liturgical activities has been spreading to the surrounding areas through members, organizations and the activities of its congregation. This church consists of many organizations to accommodate people of both genders and all ages, and their needs such as education, aesthetic activities, spiritual sustenance and exposures to be the basis of all social and spiritual necessities of the members of this church, with wider implications in society.

For instance, the Sunday school, which comprises over 500 children and more than 70 teachers, has been functioning as the “children’s theological college”, training for the next generation of the church.  The Youth Fellowship provides a space for young people to come together to release their youthful energy in a creative and productive manner in an atmosphere of faith, to prepare themselves to take over the responsibilities of church and society. Before they can become members of the Youth Fellowship there is a Junior Guild which provides facilities for adolescents to train themselves to become responsible and respectable people.  Fathers and Mothers belong to the Senior Guild and Mothers’ Union respectively, to meet and work together as senior members of the congregation. There is an Aesthetic Group to enhance the talents of people for the glory of God and for the extension of His Kingdom.

For liturgical activities there is a well- established choir and a Servers’ Guild (Altar Servers) to support the worship of the congregation. Various forms of worship include “Praise and Worship” and “Healing” while the Eucharist or Holy Communion is in the centre of all these acts of worship. Apart from these, services such as baptisms, marriages, funerals and memorial services are held as usual, granting the faithful the spiritual support they need in these pivotal points of their life. All these forms of worship are conducted by both laity and clergy under the guidance of the Vicar and assistant curates of the parish.

Although the Holy Emmanuel church, Moratuwa is a parish in the Anglican Diocese of Colombo it is mainly governed by the “Trust Deed” of the Parish.  Administration of the parish is led by the Vicar and the Board of Warders who are the trustees of the parish. Their duties are facilitated by a permanent Office Manager supported by assistants and some others members of the parish. One of the unique features of the administration of the parish is that the cemetery is managed by a Board of Wardens apart from the main Board of Wardens of the parish.

This church has produced a remarkable example of integration and assimilation of the universal cultural values of Christianity into a local congregation in Moratuwa by retaining their Christian integrity and identity. Over the years the parish has produced people who have been involved in all spheres of life. They include professors, lawyers, engineers, accountants, carpenters and teachers who have enriched their professions with Christian values. For example, the skills of carpentry have been making a significant contribution in the areas of the daughter churches of St. Paul’s Church, Moratumulla, St. Michael’s and all Angels Church, Willorawatte and The Church of the Healing Christ, Kadalana which are the strong areas of the Master Carpenters of Moratuwa.

Conclusion

Over the years this church has been fortunate to have scholarly and practical clergy enriching the life and work of people not only in this church but also the whole area and beyond. For instance, three former vicars of this church became Bishops, making a wider contribution to church and society.   After serving as vicars both E. A. Copleston and Harold de Soysa became the Bishop of Colombo in turn, while Roger Herft is the present Archbishop of Pert and the Chief Guest of the 150th Anniversary celebrations.

Located in a prominent place this church and its members have existed peacefully with people from all spheres of life. The ways in which they have been trying to maintain an inclusive attitude to accommodate various people have been remarkable compared with the growing exclusiveness in Sri Lanka society. As this congregation celebrates the 150th anniversary of their present church let us congratulate them and wish them every success in carrying on their good work with such commitment in the days to come.


THE COMING WEEK’S ANGLICAN CYCLE OF PRAYER (click the link for the full details of the ACP)

Friday 03-Dec-2010
Psalm: 27: 1-4,13,14    Isa 14:24-27
Kisangani - (Congo) The Rt Revd Lambert Funga Botolome

Saturday 04-Dec-2010
Psalm: 146: 4-11    Isa. 16: 1-5
Kita Kanto - (Japan) The Rt Revd Zerubbabel Katsuichi Hirota

Sunday 05-Dec-2010     Advent 2
Psalm: 126    I Kgs 17: 1-7
PRAY for The Lusitanian Church (E-P to the Archbishop of Canterbury) Lusitanian Church - (Portugal) The Rt Revd Fernando Soares

Monday 06-Dec-2010
Psalm: 25    I Kgs 17: 8-16
Kitale - (Kenya) The Rt Revd Stephen Kewasis Nyorsok

Tuesday 07-Dec-2010
Psalm: 34: 1-6,21,22    I Kgs 17: 17-24
Kitgum - (Uganda) The Revd Benjamin Ojwang

Wednesday 08-Dec-2010     The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Psalm: 85: 7-13    I Kgs 18: 1-16
Kitui - (Kenya) The Rt Revd Josephat Vundi Mule

Thursday 09-Dec-2010
Psalm: 30: 1-5,11,12    I Kgs 18: 17-29
Kobe - (Japan) The Rt Revd Andrew Yutaka Nakamura


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