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Witnessing the Birth of South Sudan *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 25 Aug, 2011 01:33 PM

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, travelled to South Sudan to join in events marking its independence on Saturday 9 July.

Witnessing the Birth of South Sudan *Updated

Archbishop Deng and Bishop Poggo in Juba

Dr Kings was been invited by the Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS), Dr Daniel Deng Bul, to join him in Juba, the capital of the new country. The Diocese of Salisbury has been linked with the ECS for almost 40 years and supported the Church through the 25-year civil war which ended in 2005. 

He travelled first to Kenya, where he will visit St Paul’s University, Limuru, a training centre for Anglican clergy which also supports theological training in Sudan.

Dr Kings then moved on to St Andrew’s College, Kabare, where he once taught as a Church Missionary Society Mission partner.

He then flew to Juba on 5 July to spend time with Archbishop Deng prior to Independence Day on 9 July, hoping to meet bishops from the Aweil and South Kordofan provinces, which lie in the disputed border area between North and South Sudan.

He spoke to the BBC (Wiltshire Sound and Radio Solent) on the morning of Sunday 10 July, reporting the celebrations which have taken place, discussing the background to the separation and looking forward to the future of the new country and the role of the Church in it. His interview can be heard here or read here.

Dr Kings said today: “Two nations being born in a day is extraordinary. I was very moved to be invited by Archbishop Daniel to share in the joyful celebrations in Juba, the fulfilment of years of longing. But birth comes with birth pangs, and I am deeply concerned by the violence in the disputed border areas. We pray for all those being persecuted and for the international community to broker peace.”


Click here for the Guardian article written  by the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings

The Bishop of Sherborne 
The Episcopal Church of Sudan 
South Sudan Independence Celebrations Gallery

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The Bishop of Salisbury’s Press Officer is the Revd Jonathan Ball
Telephone: 01722 334031/07500 872081

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