Situation in Burundi
Following the death of the Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza, Archbishop Martin of the Anglican Church of Burundi has asked us to pray for the President Elect, Evariste Ndayishimiye. He is to be sworn in very soon. Please pray for peace and flourishing for the nation during these uncertain times as they mourn the sudden death of their President.
Please also pray for Archbishop Martin and his leadership of the Church in Burundi and for the local church offering support and encouragement to their communities during this time. As part of our companion links with the Church in Burundi, Archbishop Martin recently sent us a video update from the Diocese of Makamba, the Archbishop’s diocese. The video highlights church growth and development taking place in Burundi, and is available to view on the Diocesan website.
Black Lives Matter
The whole world continues to react and respond to the appalling killing of George Floyd in the United States, but also to the Black Lives Matter movement which is driving wider debate – and demanding action – around racial inequality.
Last week, Bishop David joined with faith leaders from across Basingstoke at War Memorial Park to call for an end to systemic racism. Hundreds of people joined in the peaceful protest organised by Basingstoke Unites Against Racism. Further information about the protest is available on the Diocesan website.
On Thursday, Bishop Tim shared a further reflection on the Black Lives Matter movement, drawing on the works of American theologian the Revd Dr Willie Jennings. The reflection is available on the Winchester Cathedral website.
The National Church has produced guidance on counting attendance during this period. While it is recognised that this will not be a priority for all churches, resources have been produced to help keep a record of the different things they may offer. It is noted that mission and policy discussions are more concerned with what churches are doing, and who they are engaging with, rather than any numbers. The resources and guidance are available on the National Church website.
With our prayers for you all,
Bishop Tim, Bishop David and Bishop Debbie