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About the Link

by Michael Ford last modified 26 Jul, 2018 05:07 PM

Some background for the Salisbury-Sudans Link.

Who are we?

Every Diocese in the Church of England has a link with another Diocese in the Anglican Communion. In 1972, a link was established between the Diocese and Sudan by the then Bishop of Salisbury, George Reindorp, and colleagues in Sudan. South Sudan became independent in 2011, and we retain links with both countries.

Click here for more on the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and the Episcopal Church of Sudan. The Sudans Link Committee page is here.

Since the independence of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011, the Diocese of Salisbury has 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).

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.

Our Committee and Sub-committees co-ordinate Advocacy, Education work, Medical work and other initiatives.

How did this come about?

The Christian Churches have been active in Sudan since the end of the 19th century especially in the South. Since independence from the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium in 1956, Sudan has seen nearly 40 years of war between the Arab (mainly Muslim) North and the African (mainly Christian and animist) South. Millions were killed in these wars and made homeless and stateless.

With the discovery of oil, the North relatively flourished but the South remained impoverished with no effective government, health or education. The second civil war that ended in 2005 with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement brokered after many years of negotiation by the International Community including the UK, the USA and Norway, and Kenya and Uganda.

This gave a degree of security, allowed people to return to their homelands and supposedly allowed the South to get used to relative peace, and build governmental capacity and infrastructure. As the CPA period came to an end, a Referendum on self determination was held and the South voted overwhelmingly for independence from the North. This was realised, and celebrated, in July 2011.

Given the very few facilities of local government and services that we in the West take for granted, such as hospitals and schools and roads and transport services, the Churches are the only institutions that reach into every community in South Sudan. We are thus uniquely placed to provide considerable influence on peoples’ lives. This also brings responsibilities.

Contacting the Salisbury-Sudans Link:

c/o The Diocesan Office, Church House, Salisbury 
01722 411922 
Fax: 01722 411990

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