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Bishops discuss division of Episcopal Church of Sudan

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November 28, 2013 (BOR) – Leaders from the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) began a six-day meeting in the Jonglei capital, Bor, on Wednesday to decide on whether the institution will separate as a consequence of South Sudan’s independence from Sudan in 2011.

Church-goers march to welcome the Sudanese bishops to the Jonglei state capital, Bor, in South Sudan on 27 November 2013 (ST)

Reverend Peter Amidi, the diocesan bishop of Lianya in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state, says the meeting will cover a number of issues currently facing the church, including whether the 31 dioceses in South Sudan and Sudan are too many to be managed by one archbishop.

He described the Church’s possible split as “not separation as such but an arrangement within the Anglican communion where you devolve power from the mother provincial authority to the area of clusters of dioceses”.

Queues of church-goers lined the road from Bor town to the airport to welcome the bishops when they arrived on Wednesday. Bor was chosen as the venue for the meeting as it was the location of the first Christian mission to South Sudan in 1905.

Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth speaks to reporters in Bor, Jonglei state, on 27 November 2013 (ST)

Reverend Nathaniel Garang Anyieth, the retired bishop of Bor diocese, said that if the two administrations were to be separated at the meeting’s conclusion, it would be evidence that the Church has grown.

“There were four dioceses before in Sudan [including southern Sudan], but there are more than 30 dioceses today”, Garang said.

“The Church of Sudan here can separate to [a] province in Sudan and [a] province in South Sudan. We are not separating but we are developing. The Church is one in the world, but it is a growing Church”, he added. .

The meeting to decide on the future of the ECS will conclude on 2 December.

(ST)

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  • 29 November 2013 06:21, by Mi diit

    It is inevitable that the Episcopal Church of Sudan will be separated into South Sudan and Sudan. The Presbyterian Church of the Sudan has already separated into the two countries for the obvious reason.

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    • 29 November 2013 07:04, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Ah,I didn’t know that Nuer don’t have Bishops, they are being marginalised by God, the Bible was recently being translated in their language in 2001, these people are not creatures of God at all, they are backward, they are not God resumable living things, but why do they have names like Peter, James and John? Do they know God? Why are they on this planet if they are such savages? Is God punishing

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      • 29 November 2013 07:10, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        us with these devil people? There is no wonder why they never achieved any good things in their living on earth, they are here for evil purpose, there is no surprise why they do not act like Human being, The God creature people like us, they are living on this world to fulfill evil work they are in form of devil malakei, may God bless the world without them,

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  • 29 November 2013 16:36, by Bol Pur

    I think Dinka dominant which is not your real name you are taking things so far. why are you bringing tribalism into Church affairs? Who told you Nuer don’t have Bishops? Who told you having Bishops show your faith in God? I think you need to repent for forgiveness. Please if you are too blindfall by politic please spare the Church from your incitement statement that I am so tired.

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  • 29 November 2013 16:40, by Bol Pur

    Targeting a certain tribe always is not good. please talk on individual but stop generalization. Nuer is a big community that you don’t really need to have problem with. The way you even wrote your name could tell me clearly who you are which community you came from. Regarding the ECS internal provinces, I do agree with Bishop Nathaniel to give North or Sudan full independent as province of Sudan

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  • 29 November 2013 16:43, by Bol Pur

    while this one remain as Province of South Sudan. Discentralizing administration by calling it internal provinces will not help the Church in Sudan because issues between Sudan and South Sudan, and also for the Christian community to support church in Sudan is to give them independent. I don’t support internal provinces but total two provinces Sudan and South Sudan period.

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    • 29 November 2013 17:03, by yong madhal

      WE ARE ONE in Christ no sepeation

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