From Wareham to the World

by Gerry Lynch last modified 17 Sep, 2013 01:00 PM

Dorset priest chosen to help lead Anglican efforts to promote development, relief and advocacy

 A Dorset priest has been chosen this week as one of two internationally-recognised development professionals appointed to lead the Anglican Communion’s programme to strengthen development, relief and advocacy.

The Revd Andy Bowerman, Misson Rector of Wareham, has been appointed as one of the Anglican Alliance’s two new executive directors.

Andy has long experience in poverty, advocacy, disability and HIV and Aids in the UK and internationally. He has been closely involved with Tearfund and a range of other faith-based and international charities especially connecting with HIV issues in South and Central Asia. He has an entrepreneurial background, including opening a community restaurant that puts profits into development work.

His co-Executive Director at the Anglican Alliance will be Rachel Carnegie, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s international development secretary.

The Anglican Alliance was developed in response to the recommendation made by Bishops from around the Anglican Communion at the 2008 Lambeth Conference that a specific mechanism was needed to help strengthen, co-ordinate and publicise the ongoing international development work of the Anglican Communion. The Alliance’s first Executive Director, former international development minister Sally Keeble is returning to politics to stand in the 2015 General Election.

The Alliance now has regional offices in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean, an online capacity building programme developed with the Open University and funding package with a range of private and international donors.

Announcing the appointment, the chair of the Anglican Alliance, the Most Revd Albert Chama, Archbishop of Central Africa, said:

“Our new executive directors, who will be sharing the role, will shape the Anglican response to the global challenges of poverty and injustice in our fast-changing world.  It is a key mission of our Church, to respond to people in need and transform unjust structures, witnessing to the love of God.

Continuing, he said the Alliance is “now established as a charitable company with a global board, a solid programme of capacity building in development, a voice in international advocacy and a record of support for church communities hit by disasters. It is a big challenge they take on and the prayers of many around the Communion will be with them.”

Welcoming the appointment, the Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury said: “I am delighted about this really creative appointment, and wish Rachel and Andy every blessing in this key role, which I am keen to support.”

Andy and Rachel said: “We are thrilled and honoured to be asked to co-lead the Anglican Alliance into this new phase in its life. With Sally Keeble’s outstanding work in establishing the Alliance, we step into this role at a pivotal and creative time. We believe passionately that the Church should remain at the forefront of community development, relief and advocacy, as an integral part of its mission, expressing God’s loving care. As joint directors, we will seek to nurture collaboration as the Alliance draws people together to imagine and help create a just and sustainable world where humanity flourishes.”

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