Social Outreach: Achieving Connectivity

The latest Social Outreach Forum in the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf was held in Nicosia Cyprus on September 19th. Over thirty participants met at the Home for Cooperation in the Green Zone of the capital. Every Island Anglican  Church was represented together with many of those organisations – faith based and secular – with which the churches partner to fulfil their social outreach mandate. This was the second such gathering, called together by Bishop Michael Lewis who said that he was pleased to hear so many positive accounts of doing good. The aim of the occasion was to inform, encourage and enable. Groups working with, and supporting work amongst: refugees, the poor, trafficked women and other vulnerable people shared their experience.
The Bishop (pictured here with some participants) described a major achievement of the day in terms of the connectivity it had brought about. A clear need for strategies to care for the carers was identified, and new partnerships were planned in this whole island event. One contributor summed up her feelings about the day. “Social outreach is often a lonely and frustrating business,” she said. “It’s great to realise just how much good work is being done. It’s an inspiration for us all.”

Ordinations – Christ Church, Jebel Ali

Ordination Service – Saturday, 23 September at Christ Church, Jebel Ali

The ordinations of Rev’d Harry Ching as Priest & Mrs Charlie Lloyd-Evans as Deacon will take place at Christ Church, Jebel Ali on Saturday, 23 September led by Bishop Michael Lewis and attended by local officials, guests and clergy from across the Diocese.

Refreshments will be served between 2.30 – 3.20 pm

All guests are requested to arrive by 3.30 pm at the very latest

Please note the underground car park will not be available

Everyone will be most welcome



New Chapter for Ministry Training

The Diocese has now entered a new training relationship with Queens College Newfoundland, Canada. At a ceremony which included members of the Theological Faculty of this Anglican Foundation, Archdeacon John signed a Memorandum of Understanding which signals the beginning of the new partnership. Queens will accredit and administer the Exploring Faith course which the Diocese has been using for the last five years. Fifteen students from the Diocese have now been enrolled, and it is hoped that another nine may be enrolled in January. College Provost Dr Rick Singleton, the other signatory, said that this was an exciting day for the College, making a positive statement about partnership within the Anglican Communion. Rt Rev Dr Geoff Peddle, Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, also present welcomed this innovative link with “the most fascinating Diocese in the Anglican World.”

Father Tom Uzhunnalil Released

Father Tom Uzhunnalil

Christians in the Arabian Peninsula give thanks to God for the safe release of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Salesian Priest from India, who was abducted in Yemen on 4th March 2016.

In a statement issued on 12th September, the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia confirmed that Father Tom had been freed and offered thanks to all who have upheld him in prayer over the last 18 months. Oman’s Ministry of Information announced that Omani authorities had played a role in securing his release, through liaison with parties in Yemen.

Father Tom was abducted during a raid by a group of gunmen on a care home near Aden in which 16 people were killed. There had been uncertainty about his whereabouts and condition since the abduction. The care home in Aden raided by the gunmen was operated by sisters of the Missionaries of Charity. The 16 people killed in the attack included four missionary sisters (two from Rwanda, one from India and one from Kenya) and several of their helpers (including some from Ethiopia and some Yemeni Muslim staff). Father Tom was staying at the care home at the time of the raid.

 – with thanks to the Apostolic Vicariate of South Arabia and to Middle East Concern.

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