Canadian church supports Sudan

By on June 1, 2008

The Anglican Church of Canada has strong ties to the Episcopal (Anglican) Church of Sudan (ECS). Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, the national church’s partnerships department has provided grants totalling $40,000 over three years, said Andrea Mann, co-ordinator of partnerships’ global relations program.

The Canadian church has also helped to re-build offices in Juba, southern Sudan. It recently helped pay salary arrears to church workers in order to keep qualified personnel in positions of responsibility. It also contributed to the costs of the primatial election earlier this year (which chose Bishop Daniel Deng Bul of the diocese of Renk) and primatial enthronement in April, which was attended by Ms. Mann and retired bishop Peter Coffin of Ottawa.

Ms. Mann said the Canadian church also supports the continuation of theological education for Sudanese clergy and seminarians.

Her program is examining a role as facilitator for the Sudanese Anglican diaspora in Canada; that facilitator might help make connections with Sudanese across the country, and with dioceses in the ECS.

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