Mensaje de Sally Sue (Mexico)–English at end

March 28, 2007 at 7:03 pm | Posted in Following up, Sally Sue | Leave a comment

Sally Sue HernandezAqui estoy de nuevo ya en Mexico. Despues de la Conferencia de “Hacia una Efectiva Mision Anglicana” (TEAM) en Johannesburgo, regrese de Inglaterra ayer.

Solo quiero compartir con todos ustedesque estoy preparando una clase para los seminaristas que estudian en el Seminario de San Andres, Diocesis de Mexico, acerca de las Metas del Millenio y tener un dialogo, ideas, reflexiones y con suerte buenos objetivos y empezando a hacer cosas para el pueblo de Dios.

Vamos a tener la oportunidad de compartir con todo el clero en Mexico justo mañana acerca de las Metas del Milenio y lo que paso en la Conferencia. Tambien estamos pensando en planear algunos talleres para los anglicanos y no anglicanos alrededor de nuestras comunidades y hacerles saber sobre estos importantes situaciones.

Una vez que tenga las reflexiones sobre esto, les hare saber a ustedes. les pido sus oraciones. Espero y creo que esta gran oportunidad que tuvimos en esta conferencia traera muchas bendiciones para todos. Gracias a todos y Dios les bendiga.

Rev. Sally Sue

Dear All:

Here I am again already in Mexico. After the TEAM conference in Johannesburg I came back from England yesterday (March 25).

Just I would like to share with you all that I am preparing a specific lecture for the ordinands studying at the Seminary of Mexico City, Diocese of Mexico, about MDG’s and to have a disscusion, ideas, reflections and hopefuly good aims and starting to do things for the people of God. We are having a chance to share with the whole clergy in Mexico just tomorrow about the MDG’s and what happened at the conference.

Also we are thinking about to plan some workshops for the Anglicans and non-Anglicans around our communities, and let them know about these important issues.

Once I get the reflections on it, I will let you all know. I ask for your prayers. I hope and I believe that this great opportunity that we had in this Conference will carry many blessings for all.

Thank you lots and God bless you all.

Rapport de DRCongo par Bertin Subi (English translation at end of post)

March 28, 2007 at 6:54 pm | Posted in Bertin, Following up | Leave a comment

PRESENTATION DE L’ORGANISATION DE
LA JEUNESSE
 Le team conférence est une opportunité d’échange d’expérience des activités des jeunes dans monde ecclésiastique avec celle qui se fait dans nos provinces ecclésiastiques. Les activités des jeunes de notre Diocèse avec les résolutions prises à cette conférence de l’Afrique du Sud marche de paire car les jeunes travaillent pour accomplir les objectifs du millénaire pour le développement en anglais le MDG (Millenium Development Goals.).

         Il est vrai que le département s’occupe de l’encadrement des jeunes adultes et des enfants sur le plan spirituel, social, intellectuel et physique dans le diocèse Anglican du Katanga.

         Une seul vision auquel le jeune s’engage, est de gagner les jeunes et les enfants à Christ, les affermir et les impliquer dans la mission de l’Eglise qui est ce de transformer le monde par l’évangile. Ce département a vu le jour en août 1988, il couvre l’ensemble du Diocèse et compte plus de 6961 membres dont les enfants, les jeunes filles et garçons. Pour accomplir sa mission dans l’église anglicane et surtout pour achever la mission le département est sectionné en cinq branches dont :

  1. Le groupe mixte pour les filles et garçons âgés de 14 à 28 ans
  2. La section des filles qui s’occupe de la promotion des valeurs féminines
  3. The Boys and Girls  Brigade pour les enfants et les jeunes dont l’âge varie entre 8 à 19 ans et qui pratiquent et vivent dans la discipline comme des soldats du Christ.
  4. La section des musiques pour une évangélisation par la chanson.
  5. L’école du dimanche pour les enfants de 3 à 12 ans.

Les activités des jeunes dans ces différentes sections sont coordonnées à chaque niveau : diocèse, archidiaconé, paroisse et sous paroisse par des comités des jeunes.

I.                    ACTIVTES ORGANISEES 

La mission de jeune étant une mission holistique, actuellement le département est impliqué dans les activités suivantes :

  1. Programme de la formation des dirigeants des  jeunes et enfants au niveau des archidiaconés, paroisses et sous paroisses.
  2. Programme de sensibilisation  des jeunes sur la paix et résolution des conflits, le droit de l’homme, la lutte contre le paludisme, le VIH/SIDA, les jeunes s’impliquent dans ces activités de lutte à tout le niveau, paroisses, sous paroisses et même dans les écoles
  3. Programme d’initiation des jeunes désoeuvrés à l’apprentissage des métiers et à des petits projets d’auto prise en charge en vu de lutter contre la pauvreté et le chômage.
  4. Programme de la conscientisation des jeunes à la prise des responsabilités pour la reconstruction du pays.
  5. Programme de la scolarisation des jeunes filles et des filles mères ainsi de la lutte contre le mariage précoces.
  6. Intensification des activités attractives pour les jeunes telle que les sports, théâtre,  musique etc. d’où l’initiative de la création à Lubumbashi d’un centre récréatif des jeunes qui servira d’une part pour les campings, les retraites, les sports etc. et d’autre part un village d’ébergement des enfants de la rue dits sorciers.

Bertin Subi, DRCongo , membre de l’équipe [peacbertinsubi@yahoo.fr]. 

The TEAM Conference is an opportunity to share our provincial experience of youth activities with the church around the world.  Young people’s activities in our diocese are matched with the resolutions taken from this conference in South Africa to accomplish the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The department takes care of the supervision of young adults’ and children’s spiritual, social, intellectual, and physical needs in the Anglican Diocese of Katanga (DRCongo).

The sole vision is to win young people and children to Christ, to strengthen them and to engage them in the mission of the church, which is to transform the world by the gospel.  This department was begun in August 1988 and covers the area of the diocese with more than 6,961 members, including children, girls, and boys.  To accomplish its mission in the Anglican diocese in the Anglican church the department is divided into five branches which are :

  1. The mixed group for girls and boys aged 14 to 28
  2. The girls’ section which promoted feminine values
  3. The Boys and Girls Brigade for children and youth aged 8 to 19 to practice and live out a discipline as soliders of Christ
  4. The musical section for evangelization through song
  5. The Sunday School for children from ages 3 to 12

The young people’s activities in these different sections are coordinated at every level :  diocese, archdeaconry, parish, and sub-parish by committees of youth.

I.                    Organized activities

The mission of young people is a holistic mission, currently the department is engaged in the following activities :

  1. Programme of formation of directors of youth and children at the levels of archdeaconry, parishes and sub-parishes
  2. Programme of sensitization of young people for peace and conflict resolution, human rights, the fight against malaria, HIV/AIDS, the young people are engaged at every level, parishes, sub-parishes, and even in the schools.
  3. Programme of initation young unemployed to trade apprenticeships and small car projects to fight against poverty and unemployment.
  4. Programme of conscientization of young people regarding their responsibilities for national reconstruction.
  5. Programme of schooling of young women and young mothers to prevent early marriage.
  6. Intensification of attractive activities for young people such as sport, theater, music, etc. From which an initiative of the creation of a recreation center in Lumumbashi to serve young people with camping, retreats, sports, and another part a residential village for street children.

Bertin Subi, DRCongo, member of TEAM delegation [peacbertinsubi@yahoo.fr]

Tsakane…

March 25, 2007 at 7:06 am | Posted in Irene, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

MDGs – Goal 7

March 25, 2007 at 6:20 am | Posted in Irene | 1 Comment

Lent is one of the seasons in the Christian calendar that provides us with the space to search our hearts and confess the things “we have done and the things we have failed to do……” (So we say in the BCP). In this post, I write on Tourism in relation to #Goal 7 of the MGDs (Environmental Sustainability).

Tourism is one of those issues capable of contributing to environmental un-sustainability. Based on well structured policies, tourism can not only sustain the environment as in nature but everything and all that depends on it.

Speaking of Kenya, tourism dates back to pre-independence days, as early as the 1930’s. The industry is a source of employment for over 138,000 segments in direct employment and 360,000 in indirect employment, as well as the largest contributor to Kenya’s economy and a major foreign exchange earner and source. But to the same country (to some communities if not all), tourism is destructive. The Maasai of Kenya knows all about the pros and cons of the industry. Often in the name of tourism development, the host communities suffer, the government looses and natural resources are degraded (More……)

Sustainable tourism leads to sustainable environment. Structures and polices that regards natural resources, wildlife, the host community and their resources, rich culture and future generations, the tourist and all stakeholders in the industry including the government supports sustainable environment. Responsible tourism is only realized when the mentioned persons are able to live harmoniously, in an interrelated way and benefit directly from tourism without injuring any the other.

Theologically, such a system can be supported and based on the principle of Shalom. Tourism raises the question of relationships – between people and people and between people and nature. The concept of shalom embraces the gifts of Justice, Peace and Integrity of creation in their mutual interrelation. It is about preventing, improving, correcting damage, restoring and motivating people be more aware and therefore care for rather than use up resources. Shalom is modelled in the ministry and teaching of Jesus Christ – in the fundamental perspectives of Isaiah 61:1-2/Luke 4:18-19.

Key to the principle is wholeness and unity with the end results of justice. The encounter calls for a new radical response from Gods people all over the world. Tourism then becomes an opportunity to bring humans, people and nature together – to enter the world of another, to welcome our guest with respect and to enhance the participation of the host community. Lack of respect for the other creates a hostile and dominating attitude which is translated into our dealing with nature. Shalom supports work towards justice, reconciliation, empowerment, sustainability and wholeness.

A Prayer (by a Maasai Elder)

“Father-Mother Earth, we pray thee at sunrise and sunset, that you may not abandon your sacred duty of sustaining our lives. The water that quenches our thirst, the air that we breathe, the trees that provide shade, and the animals that give us company, all make life real and creation complete. We the children of the Earth pray for wisdom that we in turn may be good custodians of these precious gifts to us and our unborn generations. For is we fail to safeguard these resources, man’s (sic) moral standing as the most intelligent animal will be questionable. Furthermore, if we fail Nature, we shall have failed ourselves and the generations that come after us. And the judgement will be harsh on us”

Young adult delegates suggestions are incorporated into conference recommendations

March 23, 2007 at 10:16 pm | Posted in Following up | Leave a comment

From Archbishop Ndungane’s final address summarizing the work of the conference: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_83596_ENG_HTM.htm

The final recommendation expands on the MDGs focus on children. ”The delegates to this conference have articulated the importance of creating networks to address issues of children’s rights and welfare, including, but not limited to: child trafficking, child soldiers, gangs, child abuse, suicide, addictions, and other issues,” Ndungane said. ”While the Holy Scripture is the basis by which we undertake this work, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child will serve as a guiding framework in our advocacy.”

That work includes support for orphans and those who adopt them and ”a desire to integrate issues of child welfare and full participation of young people into every aspect of church life, from baptism preparation, Christian education, youth groups, and confirmation preparation, to leadership in the church’s worship, governance, and public life in order to nurture their full potential,” he said.

MDGs report 2006 from Irene Ayallo

March 21, 2007 at 7:58 am | Posted in Following up, Irene | Leave a comment

The weather here (NZ) is not making it any easier for me to pay my debt. I have to say I’m paying heavily for being away for 3 weeks. Lots of catching up to do with my thesis. However, TEAM gave me lots to think about in relation to MDGs. I found this report that could help us in evaluating where we are with the MDGs. Ooops, books calling again… will be back soon!

Millenium Development Goals Report 2006

Sharing Ourselves by Irene Ayallo

March 19, 2007 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Irene, The Way Home: Thursday, 15 March 2007 | Leave a comment

Irene Ayallo from Kenya and NZIt may have been confusing or even annoying for the listeners of Jesus in John 6:51-56 using a language they were very familiar with yet in a way they could not understand. They were familiar with the use of bread, flesh and blood and probably eaten or drunk of them but just as far as these were used in their world. Therefore when Jesus speaks of eating his body and drinking from his blood, he opens up a whole new world because for them ‘flesh’ was probably evil, corrupted, frail and carried with it a connotation of temporarily (at least from a dualistic perspective) while blood was a symbol of life. How then could God share and offer himself in this fragility? Hence they ask…. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”But I guess this is the sought of thing that happens when we encounter the world of another especially of the divine. We create new meanings of things we are familiar with so as to share into the world of the other yet remain in our worlds. Jesus listeners had to rethink of what ‘flesh’ and ‘blood’ meant if they were to understand and share in his world.In the world of sharing, ‘flesh’ comes to mean the human person in his/her totality and self. In feeding on the flesh and the body of Christ we get to share the totality and the self of Christ. It is reciprocal; Christ in his divinity shares and reveals himself in the human nature though not to be evaluated on that particular nature. Sharing opens up a space to experience the mystery of the other as we find our commonness, it becomes a humbling experience as we meet on a middle ground each time we encounter one another. It becomes a challenging experience as things that we are familiar with are questioned yet not removed from our worlds. Jesus reveals himself in flesh to encounter flesh; he does not change their being, their selves but adds something more that enables the divine and human to meet. When we totally share, our world never remains the same in each encounter.

How much then do we surrender to share in the otherness of the other whom we share so much in common in the unity of Christ? Is it a challenging, humbling and changing experience or we prefer to safely safeguard the world we are familiar with yet we often pray every time we come to the Lord’s table that;

“… we who share Christ’s body live with his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world…”

How then is this possible if we can not share ourselves with others?

Home again

March 17, 2007 at 5:06 pm | Posted in Laura, The Way Home: Thursday, 15 March 2007 | Leave a comment

Well everybody, I am home safe and sound. I do believe that everyone else from TEAM has also arrived home by now unless they were to visit other African areas while on the continent. The last three days of the conference were a blur and I didn’t have much time to sleep, let alone blog! Things went very well those last few days. It seems that is where many of the relationships we’d all been working on really started to gel. People wanted to go out for a drink after dinner. There was dancing by the fire light with the live band. Having deep meaningful discussion that will carry us back home and continue to challenge us to grow into our Faith. And that’s where most of us are now, back home. So now is where we get to see how everyone brings home the knowledge we’ve gained and the skills we’ve learned. A movement is being created in the Anglican church, and it’s going to change the world. I’ve been pondering what I’m going to do as far as keeping those of you who want to continue reading about what is happening in my life and my state with the MDG’s. All though now that I’m home I have to prioritize my life again with my massage studio, nutrition line, family, friends, and “me” time I don’t have a whole lot of time to blog. However, I do plan on implementing what I’ve learned into many different aspects of my city, state, and world. So I’m thinking on such occasions when big things are happening I would in fact have time to write a little piece about it in a blog. So please stay tuned for the final entry I’ll do on this page. It’ll include the new website that I’ll be posting, as well as other fabulous Minnesotan’s regarding what’s going on in our corner of the world in relation to the MDG’s.

Peace,
Laura

Irene Ayallo from Kenya and New Zealand shares with us

March 17, 2007 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Irene, The Way Home: Thursday, 15 March 2007 | Leave a comment

Irene Ayallo from Kenya and NZMy name is Irene Ayallo, 26 year old – priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya, studying at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. I was invited to the TEAM conference as one of the Canterbury Scholars of 2002. My motivation for the conference is the fact it is no – longer an option for the Church to participate in the multifaceted issue of development, justice, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Our beloved Anglican Church needed to come together to listen to one another, realise that we face common issues and work together towards effective mission. We need to develop theological reflections true to and based on concrete human situations.

The TEAM conference was to me evidence that the Church can still live with diversity. It was nice to listen to and share with people from different provinces, cultures and backgrounds. It was also an opportunity to critically examine and identify the missing ‘links’ and voices from within the communion. In his sermon at the opening Eucharist, the Most Rt. Rev. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke of the necessity of including all the voices in the music “… and if one voice is missing, the music could go wrong.”

Young people need to be involved in ministry. We are one voice that cannot afford to miss in mission. Simply because we have the potential, we only need to realize the hero in us and stand on the promises of God. My hope is that from the conference, the Church continues to invite and acknowledge the participation of everyone (the young, the old) as equal participants in the service to God and humanity.

I pray that the Church be more aware of her brokenness through the brokenness of her members, that she be aware of her ministry as breakable bread, and that we as her members be servants and have the grace to let others be our servants too….

And I met some really nice people!!!!!!!!!

Words of encouragement from Archbishop Njongkulu Ndungane, host for TEAM2007

March 14, 2007 at 3:48 am | Posted in Who's at TEAM2007? | 2 Comments

How do you see the role of young people in the church and in this event?
Here in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, we take young people very seriously, because they have energy, commitment, and enthusiasm.  When the idea of the TEAM event was put together, I just said to Delene Mark and her team at HOPE Africa to run with it.  I’ve been a figurehead here really, more than anything else.  You can see here what they have put up—thank God for that.  We would like to encourage other provinces to do the same because it’s actually an investment in our church—the young people are the church of today and the church of the future.  For them to be engaged in issues of development and social justice, it augurs well for the future of our church and the future of our world.

What else would you like to say directly to young Anglicans around the world?
I would like to encourage them to stand together and take leadership in the affairs of the world.  We live in a globalized and globalizing world. It’s up to them to shape the future and we who have been young a longer time than them would want to make our contribution, as far as possible, to make a future that is brilliant for our children and our children’s children, and therefore we would like to create space for young people to show their talents and gifts in shaping our future.

 

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