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Combining digital with non-digital, UCC strives to reach wider array of people

With many people in Canada living far away from each other, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic pressuring many churches to go online, reaching church members has become a creative process that combines digital and non-digital efforts.
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Reminder of current lockdown restrictions

Up to 750 people are allowed for indoor religious gatherings and 2 000 people for outdoor religious gatherings.
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All want dialogue, but there is no consensus on how it should be held

This was said by South African Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, who is the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference. 

He said this during a press conference held at the Roman Catholic Bishop’s House in Manzini yesterday and this was after the SACBC’s week-long fact-finding mission about the ongoing turmoil in the Kingdom of Eswatini.

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Catholic leaders demand answers on fossil fuels

A total of 78 leaders from G20countries, which includes 7 bishops from SACBC decided to send a petition on 30-31 October to end the use of fossil fuels once and for all.

The call follows on from Pope Francis’ statement with faith leaders asking for urgent action to be taken to protect “Our common Home” and help fight the climate crisis.
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A TEASA Webinar: Making a difference through local election

A TEASA Webinar: Making a difference through local election Thursday 14 October. 16h00 – 17h00. 

Join TEASA speakers Mr Rekgotsofetse Chikane and Dr Sammy Thekiso on Thursday, 14 October 2021 between 16h00 and 17h30 as they explore how churches and Christians can contribute to task of electing better political leaders in the upcoming local government elections.

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SACC: Extended lockdown will discourage churchgoers

SACC General Secretary Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana talks about the move to Level 1

In an interview with SA FM, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana said that many people are still cautious about going to church.

“Congregational leaders are encouraging church communities to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Mpumlwana said.

“This is the only way we would be able to hold large gatherings during the upcoming December holiday.”

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WCC congratulates 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winners

World Council of Churches congratulates Nobel Prize Winners

The World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca congratulated the Nobel Peace Prize winners. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov. Sauca expressed solidarity with their ongoing fight for justice and peace.

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Ramaphosa warmly congratulates Archbishop Desmond Tutu on his 90th birthday

Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrates his 90th birthday

In a press release, President Cyril Ramaphosa extends his warmest congratulations to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who celebrates his 90th birthday today, 7 October 2021.

In a written message to the Archbishop, President Ramaphosa says: “You continue to remind us that fellowship, solidarity, charity and compassion for the vulnerable are values common to us all, and we should strive to live by them each day.

“We are further reminded that taking up the struggle for equality and social justice is not the responsibility of only government, civil society organisations or the clergy, but of us all.”

The President expresses his deep regard to Archbishop Tutu for a life that has been well-lived in honesty, integrity, fearlessness and service to humanity in South Africa and globally.”

Media enquiries: Tyrone Seale, Acting Spokesperson to the President – [email protected]

Issued by: The Presidency

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World Relief Celebrates Life of Evelyn Mangham

The World Relief family celebrates the life and ministry of Evelyn Mangham, who passed away today at the age of 98.

Along with her late husband, Grady Mangham, Evelyn began World Relief’s refugee resettlement program in the 1970s. 

Evelyn Breaden was born in 1922 and spent the early years of her life as the daughter of missionaries in the Middle East. After marrying Grady Mangham, she moved to Vietnam, where the couple lived and ministered from 1947 to 1967 as Christian & Missionary Alliance missionaries, teaching in a Bible school and supporting church planting and discipleship among the Montagnard people. They returned to Nyack, New York, where they worked from the Alliance’s headquarters. 

In 1975, when Saigon fell, Evelyn and Grady began receiving urgent pleas from people whom they had known in Vietnam who had been forced to flee as refugees. “We had to do something,” Evelyn reflected in a 2016 interview. The couple tirelessly worked to advocate for refugees to be welcomed to the U.S., knocking on the doors of both the U.S. government and the various churches that had supported them as overseas missionaries. Evelyn would often work from the hallway of the denominational offices in Nyack, insisting that churches welcome the large number of refugees who were arriving. In a single year, Alliance churches welcomed more than 10,000 refugees who had fled Vietnam and from conflicts in neighboring Laos and Cambodia.

In 1979, this effort that had initially been coordinated by the Christian & Missionary Alliance’s Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA) Services and then through Lutheran World Relief was brought under the auspices of World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, which had been focused on empowering churches to care for vulnerable and displaced people overseas since its founding, but which began its U.S. refugee resettlement ministry under the leadership of Grady and Evelyn Mangham. Grady Mangham continued to lead World Relief’s refugee resettlement program until 1987, resettling an average of 6,300 refugees annually from countries all around the world. Since then, several of Grady and Evelyn’s children and grandchildren have served World Relief in various capacities. 

The refugee resettlement program that Evelyn Mangham helped to found has now resettled roughly 300,000 refugees to communities throughout the United States. In the coming months, World Relief anticipates receiving between 7,000 and 10,000 individuals who have recently fled Afghanistan in an evacuation with many historical parallels to the refugee crisis in Vietnam that sparked Evelyn and Grady Mangham’s ministry. The local church remains central to our mission, just as it was when Evelyn and Grady founded the program.

The World Relief family throughout the globe grieves Evelyn’s death —  but not without hope, confident in the resurrection through Christ that was Evelyn’s greatest hope. And we celebrate the incredible legacy of Evelyn and Grady’s life and ministry. 

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Anne Wilson Featured as Billboard Hit Artist

Capitol Christian Music Group’s singer-songwriter, Anne Wilson, continues to make history with her breakout song, “My Jesus,” as Billboard’s October Chartbreaker artist. Billboard Magazine features Wilson online this week as well as in the October 9th issue showcasing how her debut song helped turn a family tragedy into something beautiful.

“I’ve been able to see my family have tragedy with losing my brother, going through all of that,” she told Billboard, “and see God turn it to something beautiful.”

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