Anglican Church of Southern Africa considers Pastoral Response to Civil Unions

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (a province which encompasses Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and the island of St Helena) issued this press release on Friday: The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has urged its bishops to provide guidelines for giving pastoral care to same-sex couples who have entered civil unions under […]

Canadian, American and African bishops meet for fourth Consultation

Eighteen bishops met in Cape Town, South Africa from 2 to 5 May for the fourth Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue. Michael Ingham of New Westminster, Canada and James Tengatenga of Southern Malawi, both friends of Changing Attitude England, were present as well as bishops from South Africa, Burundi, Zambia, South Sudan, Ghana, Canada and […]

The first woman bishop in the Anglican Church in South Africa consecrated

Today, the new Bishop of Swaziland, the first woman to be consecrated in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, was consecrated. Here is the Archbishop of Cape Town, ++Thabo Makoba’s account of the service: And now our task has been completed! It is done! Welcome to Bishop Ellinah! We formed into three processions, and, like […]

Canadian, US and African bishops affirm common mission at third Consultation

Last week, the Anglican Church of Canada hosted the third Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue. Growing out of Lambeth 2008, which uncovered divisions and disagreements between African and other Anglicans on the issue of human sexuality and same-sex relationships, the dialogue held its first meeting in London in 2010 and it second last year in […]

A Sacrament of Love : a statement by the third meeting of Anglican Bishops in dialogue

A Sacrament of Love: Our Continuing Testimony of Grace This statement was released by the Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue after their third meeting June 4 to 7 in Toronto, Ont. The statement from their second meeting “A Testimony of Grace,”  is also available. Love has been perfected in us in this: that we […]

South African LGBTI groups to launch Hands Off Our Rights campaign to mark IDAHO

As the world marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17 (tomorrow) the South African LGBTI community in Johannesburg will be launching a new campaign. The “Hands Off Our Rights Campaign” will bring together a number of organisations and individuals mainly from different townships around Johannesburg. The campaign is a reaction to […]

Anglicans, Sexuality and Scripture: An African Consultation

In October, some 25 Anglican leaders from across Africa gathered with more than a dozen Episcopalians from the United States for a consultation on issues of justice and human sexuality. For three days the group prayed, studied the Bible, listened to presentations and talked about issues of theology, sexuality and culture. When formal sessions ended, […]

Obama’s gay marriage endorsement not popular in Africa

President Barack Obama’s endorsement for gay marriage has prompted debate in the United States and condemnation in many sub-Saharan African countries, where gay men and women continue to face discrimination, violence and jail time in many countries because of their sexual orientation. The president’s immense popularity on the continent is taking a hit, even in […]

South Africa’s LGBTI community responds to anti-gay traditional leaders

ANC MP Patekile Holomisa

  South Africa’s LGBTI community has reacted strongly against a statement made by ANC MP and Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) president Patekile Holomisa on the rights of gays and lesbians. Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) questioned whether the National House of Traditional Leaders knew that their comments constitute hate speech. […]