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Relief, Development and Advocacy Seminar at Bishopthorpe


5:19pm 30th April 2012

The Archbishop of York Dr. John Sentamu and Mrs Margaret Sentamu today held a meeting with 52 people based from the Dioceses in the North of England to discuss relief, development and advocacy work.

The Archbishop was joined by the Rt. Revd. Justin Welby and the Rt. Rev Moses Masamba Nthuka of the Mbeere Diocese in Kenya at the seminar organised by the Church Mission Society, the Anglican Alliance and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s International Development Officer at Bishopthorpe Palace. Representatives from USPG, Christian Aid, Tearfund and Mothers Union were also present.

The Bishop of Durham spoke on the subject of ‘Good News for the Poor – at Home and in the Wider World’. Sally Keeble Director of the Anglican Alliance presented on making the most from Anglican partnership in dioceses across the world. The Rt. Revd Moses, Mrs Lucy Masamba Nthuka and Rev Malcolm Macnaughton, the Chief of Staff for the Archbishop of York, reflected on the nature of partnership links in Kenya. 

Every Diocese in the Church of England has one or more links with a partner diocese in another part of the Anglican Communion. These links are expressed through regular communication including exchange visits, schools and parish links as well as providing funding for specific projects. In his talk, the Bishop of Durham stressed how these partnerships can be mutually transformative.

The Dioceses of Carlisle, Newcastle, Blackburn, Chester, Manchester displayed how their parish links had supported work with HIV/AIDS, education, access to healthcare, social action, encouragement and parish training.

The Archbishop said:

“I’m delighted to host this event today with the Anglican Alliance as we look at how our partnership links in the Anglican Communion bring positive changes to our own communities and across the Communion.  It is important that we continue the work taking place to tackle poverty in this country and around the world and that we pray for those living in the poorest conditions. We should not forget we have a moral responsibility to help all those in need, no matter where they live”.

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