December 9, 2013
[World Council of Churches press release] The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday morning 9 December, to attend events in honour of Nelson Mandela who died Thursday, 5 December.
Monday afternoon Tveit will visit the Mandela home in Houghton, where he will lay roses and then offer condolences to the Mandela family. Afterwards he will be sharing in a prayer service with the family...
October 4, 2013
[Anglican Church of Southern Africa] 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 South African law.
The church’s ruling Provincial Synod, currently meeting in Benoni, South Africa, on Oct. 4 adopted a resolution urging its Synod of Bishops to finalize guidelines “as soon as possible.”
“The church neither marries same-sex couples, nor...
September 18, 2013
[Anglican Communion News Service] Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba on Sept. 18 called on South Africans to join him in Pretoria to form a human chain and pledge to honor the values of Nelson Mandela. He made the call as part of his commitment to reflect and act on these. The archbishop believes that all South Africans should celebrate these values, which are part of their heritage, especially in preparation for Heritage Day this Tuesday, Sept. 24.