News and Information
All the latest news and developments from the Sudan Link, the Episcopal Church of Sudan and our Sudanese contacts.
June 8th - The Bradford Deanery is hosting an information day about their Deanery Link with Kadugli Diocese. The day will run from 10am to 4pm and cost £4 to attend (to cover costs for the day, any surplus will go to aid Kadugli Diocese). The headline speaker is Baroness Cox who, with her charity HART, has extensive knowledge of the area of our link diocese. Canon Ian Woodward, External Affairs Officer of the Sudan Link Committee will also be there, along with the London Sudanese Ladies Prayer Group who will help lead worship. There is plenty of parking, tea and coffee will be provided. Click here for a poster which you can print to publicise the event; it includes contact details if you'd like to attend.
Bishop Moses, Diocese of Wau, has sent an Easter message which can be read here.
The Bishop of Kajo-Keji, Anthony Poggo, has renewed his call for prayer for South Sudan and Sudan as agreement to resume oil production is finally reached. Click here for the story.
Bishop Andudu (Diocese of Kadugli) has issued a Lent message. Read it here.
New for 2013 is a Lent study course; written by staff of Wau Diocese, this is a simple Lent course designed for use by anyone anywhere. Completely contained the course can be obtained for free here at the Wau diocese website and is set over six sessions. No extras or props are needed, worksheets and leaders notes are all included, simply print what you need or even read directly from a laptop.
Bishop Abraham has sent news from Aweil, he writes: "I would like to inform you that there will be Thanksgiving Celebration on Sunday January 06, 2013. This Celebration is to thank God for many good things, God has done and continues to do to us, specially the New Cathedral build to us by Samaritan's Purse. Also, the first synod of the Diocese of Aweil will take place on Monday January 07-11, 2013. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers."
Jim and Tim in Sudan
Bishop Bismark has sent news from Mundri - he includes information on the works to the cathedral building and details of Bishop Ngalamu Theological College. You can read it here.
The House of Commons International Development Committee has published its report - 'South Sudan: Prospects for Peace and Development'; volume 1, which includes formal minutes, oral and written evidence can be accessed online or as a pdf; volume 2, containing additional written evidence can be accessed online or as a pdf. Rebecca Coleman and Ian Woodward gave evidence during January to the International Development Select Committee of the House of Commons. Click here to read the Anglican Alliance press release.
Bishop Andudu's report of aid reaching the Nuba Mountains can be read here on the Diocesan website.
Bishop Bismark has sent a letter with news of the Diocese of Mundri which can be read here.
News from Pastoral visit by Bishop of Aweil
Click here to read a comprehensive account from Bishop Abraham of a recent pastoral visit he has made in his Diocese of Aweil which has been suffering from ongoing and devastating ethnic fighting and huge insecurity and humanitarian needs.
News from a visit to Lomega Area Diocese
In November 2011 the Sudan Link sponsored a youth conference run by SOMA in Lomega Area Diocese. You can read more from Ron and Kate here.
Archiepiscopal visit to Bor
News from the Archbishops visit to Bor can be found here.
Bishop Andudu has spoken to the UN in their headquarters and expressed his great concern about the situation in the Nuba Mountains. Learn more from the links below.
Purchase Independence Day CD's to keep the Day
Rebecca Coleman has produced a CD of images, music and more of the South Sudan independence day. Proceeds from this will go to the ECS provincial office.
The Thanks of an Archbishop
Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak the primate of the ECS has issued a letter of thanks to all that have supported the ECS in the past.
A Nation is Born 9 - 7 - 2011
Bishop Graham Kings was present in Juba for the Southern Sudan Independence celebrations. On Sunday morning, 10 July 2011, he gave 2 live radio interviews with the BBC from Juba.
Follow the link to see the South Sudan Indepenence Celebrations Gallery.
Archbishop Daniel Deng has issued a special pastorial letter about the independence of South Sudan. Please see an interactive copy here
The Dawn is here at last - a personal reflection by Bishop Bismark Avokaya of Mundri diocese read his words here
Bishop Graham attended the independence ceremony as a guest and sent back this simple message directly from the event.
"Hi, Graham here in Juba next to Archbishop Daniel seated under
Presidential canopy. I have just passed on Archbishop Rowan's letter ofgreetings to him. The State ceremony of Independence of South Sudan willbegin in one hour at 10am. Massive street party in juba last night from10pm - 2am. Cathedral service in middle up to midnight. Katie and I were
on the back of a pick with others from ECS: Car horns, drums, ululations, water from water bottles poured over us - baptism for the new birth of a nation. One of the best days of my life. Christians here are talking of themes of exodus and crossing Jordan into promised land, - Dr
John Garang (late SPLA leader) as Moses; and Salva Kiir (President) as Joshua. Also Babylon has fallen and lost its grip (Bashir). Huge gratitude in ECS for Salisbury Sudan link. Yours in Christ +Graham"
Tell the World Stop the Genocide
Claire Budd co founder of the Grace School in Kadugli has writing about the events in South Kordofan and wants to get the word out. Her website can be seen here with all it's various articles about what is still going on there.
New York, 5 July 2011 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the situation in Southern Kordofan, Sudan
The Secretary-General expresses his disappointment that the parties to the conflict in South Kordofan State, Sudan, have not yet agreed to a cessation of hostilities and deplores the grave humanitarian impact of continued fighting, particularly in light of the end of the UNMIS mandate on 9 July.
The Secretary-General calls on the parties to immediately cease hostilities, ensure the protection of civilians and provide all support necessary for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need. The Secretary-General calls on the parties to resolve the underlying issues to the conflict through political dialogue, as agreed under the Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and Sudan People's Liberation Movement (North) on 28 June 2011.
The Secretary-General offers the continued support of the United Nations to the Government of Sudan and all stakeholders toward resolving the conflict, implementing a cease-fire, and facilitating the provision of humanitarian assistance to those in need.
2011 Sudan Extra Now Available
All Africa Conference of Churches Speak Out on South Kordofan
The AACC has issued a statement on the recent events in South Kordofan. To get a PDF copy to read or print off click on the link below.
Archbishop of the ECS Speaks Out
A Statement from Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak about the serious situation in South Kordofan condemning the violence
Archbishop of Canterbury's statement on South Kordofan, Sudan
Archbishop Rowan Williams has made a statement on the situation in South Kordofan and the ongoing violence there.
News from AFRECS - American Friends of the ECS
The Spirituality of Christians in Southern Sudan
An amazing insight into the faith of Sudanese Christians by Rev Ron Hart of the Sudan Link Committee. In 2002 Ron completed a thesis on this subject for the University of Wales, it is a fascinating and detailed study of the growth and operation of Christian spirituality in one of the fastest growing churches on the planet.
A New Map of the Dioceses of Sudan
A new map depicting the location of all the dioceses of Sudan has been released by the Sudan Church Association. It includes the recently created dioceses and clarifies new boundries. Although it should be noted that this map is still an approximation. Many thanks to the S.C.A.
New Bishop Gwynne College Juba
Keep up to date with Bishop Gwynne College via their website which can be found here.
New Sudan Link Speakers List Available
Just itching to come and speak about Sudan is a new expanded list of speakers with a vast range of experience and special knowledge. Click on the link below to see the list and request a speaker to come to your church or event.
Traditionally a fixed date in June has been designated as 'Sudan Sunday' when Parishes can focus in on our Diocesan link with the Episcopal Church of Sudan. Often parishes request some support from the Sudan Committee, either to preach, display information or speak briefly after the service about the Link. This has sometimes stretched the Committee and the information resources available to the point at which some requests have had to be refused. It has therefore been decided that Parishes may designate a Sunday in June that best suits them, and that can be supported by the Sudan Committee, as their 'Sudan Sunday'. It is hoped that this will create some flexibility. Please contact the Secretary if support is wanted.
Contact: Sudan Secretary
Tel: 01722 411922
Fax: 01722 411990