UAE Clergy Join Sheikh Nahayan at Athens Conference

The Revd Tim Heaney of Christ Church. Jebel Ali, and and Canon Andy Thompson, St Andrew’s, Abu Dhabi represented our UAE Anglican Chaplaincies this week as part of the official Emirates delegation lead by HE Sheikh Nahayan (the new Minister of Tolerance) to the 2nd Athens International Conference on Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East

The Conference is a major international event, organized by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It aspires to move ahead to the strengthening of a dialogue framework that promotes rapprochement, networking, mutual respect and peaceful coexistence among the different religious and cultural communities of the region. The event is supported by the Centre for Religious Pluralism in the Middle East (CRPME) and this year was sponsored by the UAE and Austria. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak gave the keynote speech and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos welcomed delegates from thirty-four countries from the Middle East and the Mediterranean along with Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders.

A Special Guest for Harvest Thanksgiving

Jaime Jorge and the people of St Luke, RAK at Harvest Thanksgving, 2017

St Luke, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE had a special musical guest for Harvest Thanksgiving this weekend. Cuban-American Violinist Jaime Jorge has dedicated his talents to sharing the love of God through sacred and classical concerts and special appearances the world over. Jaime expressed his love for the Anglican liturgy and joined the St Luke congregation in the processional and offertory hymns, Bringing in the Sheaves and We Plough the Fields and Scatter as the people brought forward their food donations for the Mission to Seafarers. Jaime played the gradual hymn, Holy Communion meditation, and recessional instrumentals seamlessly within our Harvest liturgy. The people of St Luke were amazed by Jaime’s virtuosity which brought a feeling of elation to the worship. A special Harvest Thanksgiving luncheon was served in the vicarage garden. This was a special ecumenical event since Jaime Jorge was brought to Ras Al Khaimah by our neighbours at the Gulf Field of Seventh Day Adventists, RAK, for their Camp Meeting and offered his talents to St Luke through SDA Pastor Steven Manoukian.

St Luke Musical Director David Rajaselvan Kanagarej with Jaime Jorge and Fr Jon Lavelle

St Luke Harvest Thanksgiving

Harvest Thanksgiving Food Donations for Mission to Seafarers

Class of 17 (languages that is!)


Following the Diocesan partnership with Queens College Newfoundland, a new Church Learning Group has been established in Doha, Qatar. The first meeting was attended this week by Diocesan Director of Ministry, Archdeacon John, along with the group facilitator, Fr Jebaraj and parish priest Fr Paul. The make-up of the group reflects the rich diversity of the parish, which boasts over 40 nationalities and who knows how many languages. This group includes just five nationalities but an incredible range of abilities and experience. Members are using the course as part of a process of vocational discernment and many hope to be selected for training as Readers at a selection BAP conference in the Spring. In welcoming the formation of the group, archdeacon John said, “a culture of vocation has clearly taken root here. It’s good to see such a talented group, many of whom are already involved in some form of ministry, from Friday School to Council membership, eager to deepen their theological understanding. I share their excitement.”
They are pictured as a group, and wearing their Queen’s College lapel badges with pride.

Special Guest for a A Special Day

 
Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance was a special guest at an Ordination service in Dubai on September 23rd. She was joined by the British Consul General to Dubai, Mr Paul Fox to celebrate the occasion. Bishop Michael Lewis ordained as Deacon, Mrs Charlotte (Charlie) Lloyd-Evans, and as Priest, Hin Lai (Harry) Ching. The multi national congregation at Christ Church Jebel Ali reflected the many nationalities served by this unique Diocese of the Anglican Church, and included clergy and family members and friends from Harry’s native Hong Kong. Sheika Lubna shared a cake cutting ceremony with the Bishop after the service. Bishop  Michael said that it had been a moving and profound service; a view echoed by many participants. Harry, based at Jebel Ali will continue to serve the Chaplaincy of Dubai, Sharjah, and the Northern Emirates. Charlie will be based at Al Ain and will serve as the Assistant Curate of Abu Dhabi Chaplaincy. 
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