A harvest of renovation

Bishop Michael surrounded by a large congregation blessed the renovated compound of Holy Trinity, Bur Dubai on 5 November 2017.  Sprinkling holy water on both levels of the refurbished worship halls and throughout the open plaza, he led the procession into the church itself for Holy Trinity’s festival of Harvest Thanksgiving.


Paving the way for theological training

Dr Rick Singleton of Queens College, Newfoundland, Archdeacon John Holdsworth, and Revd Canon Dr Leslie J Francis, University of Warwick

The Theological Educators Group was convened by Archdeacon John Holdsworth in Larnaca, Cyprus, this week.  Clergy and lay people from Cyprus and the Gulf are planning exciting new formation opportunities for lay and ordained ministry.  The group discussed various paths to Christian transformation, theological literacy, and practical competency.  Theologians from the Near East School of Theology, Beirut, United Theological College, Bangalore, St. Padarn’s, Wales, the Exploring Faith Course and Queens College, Newfoundland shared their expertise on how their institutions can help the Diocese achieve its training and formation needs. Everyone was treated to traditional Cypriot hospitality with a delicious meze dinner at a village taverna.

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.

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