The Sudans Link

by Michael Ford last modified 26 Jun, 2018 12:43 PM

Every diocese in the Church of England has a link with another diocese in the Anglican Communion. Since 1972, we have been linked with the Episcopal Church of Sudan, and since 2011 with the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan.

 

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The Sudans Link

Every Diocese in the Church of England has a link with another Diocese in the Anglican Communion.

Since the independence of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011 the Diocese of Salisbury continued to link with the Episcopal Church of the whole province of Sudan, spanning both Sudan and the new country of South Sudan.  On 30th July 2017 the 39th Province of the Anglican Communion was inaugurated by Archbishop Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury); the Diocese of Salisbury now links with both the Province of South Sudan and the Province of Sudan.

It is one of the oldest diocesan links, set up in 1972 by the then Bishop of Salisbury, George Reindorp, and his colleagues in Sudan.

Unlike an aid agency, the Salisbury-Sudan Link is based on mutuality: that two churches separated by distance and culture can care for one another in sharing resources, experience and practical help. Central to the Link is prayer for one another, strengthened by relationships between peoples of all three countries. A leaflet giving an overview of our work is available here

Practical ways in which the Salisbury part of the link has been supporting the Episcopal Church include:

  • Educational - by supporting the theological colleges, education in ECSSS schools and youth work. (Page herean overview leaflet is available here)
  • Medical - by providing basic health care through medicines and equipment to ECSSS clinics, and helping to fund the training of nurses. (Page herean overview leaflet is available here)
  • Advocacy -  by working with Governments, NGOs, the Churches and International Partners to lobby for sustained peace and security for effective support for Sudan (North) and South Sudan; to end conflict and rapidly respond to security and humanitarian crises and encourage the provision of better education and health for all. Advocacy page here
  • Communications – by informing any one interested on matters about Sudan and the Link, through prayer vigils at Salisbury Cathedral, the annual Sudan Study day, through the website, Facebook and Twitter, through a quarterly bulletin, and by providing speakers and display material, and facilitating visits from our Sudanese church brothers and sisters.  

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, takes a very close and strongly supportive interest in the Partnership and soon after his enthronement attended the ECS Provincial Synod in Juba with the Dean of Salisbury, June Osborne, and Canon Ian Woodward.

The work is overseen by the Diocese of Salisbury's Sudan Link Committee, Ian Woodward is the Acting Chair. It is serviced by a steering committee.

The Steering Committee are a good first point of contact.

Other key contacts (on the Communications group)

"We will endeavour to keep you up to date with the issues that challenge and encourage us in our Partnership as we travel together in trust, prayer and fellowship."
-The Revd Ron Hart, 2012

For any other issues relating to the Sudan Link please contact the Sudan Link Secretary:

c/o The Diocesan Office, Church House, Salisbury
sudan.secretary@salisbury.anglican.org
01722 411922
Fax: 01722 411990

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