Citizenship Roundtable with Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Bishop Mouneer and the Diocese of Egypt recently hosted a remarkable inter-faith dialogue event in our All Saints Garden Conference Center.

The Roundtable, with Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Prime Minister of the UK’ Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion, was focused on the topic of Citizenship, and how we can promote citizenship here in Egypt. They acknowledged that discrimination is not something unique to Egypt, as many other countries have councils and commissions to combat discrimination and intolerance.

It was an amazing event with participants from many sectors of life: politicians, religious leaders, and academics. They gathered to discuss how we can work together to promote tolerance and acceptance. Some of the participants were: Lord Ahmad, Bishop Mouneer, Dr. Mustafa El-Feki (director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina), Sheikh Abu-Zeid Al-Amir (“Family House” Coordinator), Counsellor Adli Hussein (former governor of Qalyubia governorate and President of the EU’s inter-faith dialogue committee), Dr. Zaid Bahaa Al-Din (former Deputy Prime Minister) and Bishop Angaelos (Coptic Orthodox Bishop in the UK).

Here are some quotes from the event:

Achieving this future vision has to start from a recognition of where we are, of the types of challenges that we face, and also of the good faith behind meeting those challenges and facing them head on.”- Dr. Zaid Bahaa Al-Din

Bishop Angaelos said that this search for citizenship is about reclaiming something that was there and has been lost. We have to figure out why it was lost, and how to get it back.

Bishop Mouneer said, “Citizenship is a dream for every nation” and he affirmed President Sisi’s opening words at the recent World Youth Forum which promoted the elimination of discrimination within Egypt and affirmed the freedom of belief and worship here in Egypt. He also said that the burden of achieving this great vision falls on everyone.

Sheikh Abu-Zeid Al-Amir said that Family House is making huge efforts to train Imams and Priest to work together toward developmental work here in Egypt.

Adli Hussein said that the Egyptian constitution affirms citizen’s rights.

At the conclusion of the event, the Roundtable participants proposed the development of an independent commission to combat discrimination and intolerance here in Egypt, according to Article 53 of the Egyptian Constitution.

We are grateful to all of the Roundtable participants!

To view the news coverage of this event, visit Al-Masry Al-Youm.

2 Confirmations and 1 Licensing at All Saints!

This Sunday, we were excited to confirm two young people and license one lay reader in the English-Speaking Congregation at All Saints Cathedral.

This Sunday was also The Feast of Christ the King, the day we celebrate that Jesus is not only our Savior, but also our Lord. Bishop Mouneer, in his sermon, gave a brief history of the Feast, and then spoke about how Jesus, the King of Kings, gave “kingship” a new definition: one who serves. He encouraged us to allow Jesus to reign as Lord in our hearts and over our lives—to not just enjoy His salvation, but to allow him to be our King, and to rule over our entire life.

With this sermon in mind, Alexsa MacDowall and Armia Samuel were confirmed, proclaiming their commitment to letting Jesus Christ reign in their life, and Steve Griffin was licensed as a Lay Reader, affirming his commitment to serving Christ the King through serving His Church.

Please pray for the newly confirmed and newly licensed, that the Lord would continue to draw them to Himself and use them to do His work, and that Christ the King would reign in this hearts and minds!

 

Armia and Alexsa are confirmed by Bishop Mouneer, with Rev Kerry

 

Steve Griffin is confirmed by Bishop Mouneer, with Rev Kerry and Rev Thomas

First Missions Roundtable in the Middle East

First Missions Roundtable in the Middle East: 

Ripe for the Harvest

11-12 October 2018

Recently, All Saints Cathedral hosted three incredible conferences in the All Saints Garden Conference Center, the third of which was the First Ever Missions Round Table in the Middle East! This conference was an amazing gathering of many people serving the Lord in a variety of capacities all throughout the Middle East.

The conference included an inspiring opening speech by Professor David Shenk, as well as presentations on ongoing and upcoming development projects throughout the Middle East. Bishop Mouneer spoke on the importance of improving education here in Egypt and elsewhere; Bishop Samy talked about how theological education, like that happening at Alexandria School of Theology, is crucial to developing mature Christian leaders; Archbishop Ezekiel Kondo shared about the challenges the church in Sudan is facing and the missions opportunities there; and International Design and Development (IDD) gave a presentation on the partnership they are doing with the Diocese to expand the University in Gambella. In addition to these presentations, there was plenty of time for networking and conversation.

The conference concluded with a beautiful Eucharist service in the evening, where we celebrated the unity of the Church through sharing in the Holy Communion together. We thank Bishop Kuan Kim Seng for preaching during the service, and Bishop Samy Shehata for translating.

If you would like to partner with us to continue to see the love of God spread throughout the Middle East, please contact us here.

Global South Primates Meeting

Global South Primates Meeting

10 October 2018

All Saints Cathedral recently hosted three incredible conferences in the All Saints Garden Conference Center, the second of which was a gathering of the Primates of the Global South to discuss the structure of the Global South.

We welcomed primates from Nigeria, South Sudan, Egypt, North America, Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda, Southeast Asia, Uganda, Kenya, West Africa, Myanmar, and the Indian Ocean; as well as the “Study Team” who has been working to develop the proposed structure. It was a productive meeting and it was wonderful to all be in one place, here in Cairo! The Primates had the opportunity to pray together, to worship together, and to seek God’s will for the Global South structure through discussion and prayer. They also had time to fellowship together over dinner, strengthening old relationships and building new ones.

Please continue to pray for the spread of the Gospel throughout the Global South and the world. Pray for the Church to be filled anew with the Holy Spirit.

Anglican Relief and Development Fund Global Council Meeting

ARDF Global Council Meeting

9 October 2018

 

Last week, All Saints Cathedral hosted three incredible conferences in the All Saints Garden Conference Center, the first of which was the Anglican Relief and Development Fund’s (ARDF) Global Council Meeting!

We welcomed several members from the ARDF staff and Global Council leaders from around the world. At this meeting, the Global Council reviewed and celebrated the work of the Lord through 11 completed projects! These projects were carried out in 8 countries across Africa, South America, and Asia. The Council also reviewed and approved 6 new projects, one of which is a partnership with the Diocese of Egypt to support the Vocational School in Giza! We were especially excited to host the meeting this year, as this is the first year of ARDF Egypt. The Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa is thrilled to be partnering with Anglicans around the world to demonstrate the love of Christ and spread the Gospel through our ongoing and increased partnership with ARDF.

Please pray for the global work of ARDF, and especially for the work of ARDF Egypt and the Vocational School in Giza. Pray that God would work through this school to equip young people with important vocational skills to improve their own lives and to continue to develop Egypt.

To partner with us in the work God is doing in Egypt and around the world, visit Our Website.

Lord George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, visits the Diocese of Egypt

Upon Bishop Mouneer’s H. Anis invitation, Lord George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, visits the Diocese of Egypt. His visit started on Saturday July 7th to continue till Sunday July 15th. During his visit, Archbishop will visit the Grant Imam, Ahmed El-Tayeb, among many other important visits within the Diocese of Egypt. Lord Carey will also lecture about “Important Lessons from the Reformation” at the Sweden Institute in Alexandria, and “Reforming Religious Discourse as a Way of Combating Terrorism” at St. John the Baptist Church. At last, the Former Archbishop will give the main speech at the graduation ceremony for the students of the Alexandria School of Theology.

Please, come and join “Lord George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury”.

Gusour Cultural Center Hosts Film Screening 30 June

Gusour Cultural Center is pleased to invite you to attend a screening of the Disney film Moana. The film is about the story of Moana, the daughter of a chief of a Polynesian village, who is chosen by the ocean to go on a journey and save her people.

Free Admission

Kid friendly

Facebook Event: Please, click here.

Date: Saturday 30 June

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Gusour Culture Center Theater, All Saints Cathedral.

5 Michael Lotf Allah St., behind Marriott, Zamalek, Cairo.

Bishop Mouneer and Clergy Visit Al-Azhar in Eid El-Fetr

 

 

On Wednesday, June 13, Bishop Mouneer and some clergy visited Al-Azhar to wish the Grant Imam, Ahmed El-Taieb, a Happy Eid Fetr. Delegation from the Lambeth palace and other members also joined the visit. During the visit, the Grant Imam praised the influence of the Diocese of Egypt in the interfaith dialogue to enhance the relationships between people of different backgrounds in the society. Bishop Moueer also discussed some details concerning the coming visit of Al-Azhar to Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. The visit was encouraging to all attendees.

 

Bishop Mouneer Participates in St. Mary’s Cave Opening in Mataria

On Friday June 1st,Bishop Mouneer participated in St. Mary’s Cave Opening in Mataria, Cairo, along with Bishop Armia, Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The event collides with the international acknowledgment of Egypt as part of the route taken by the Holy Family. The event was attended by public figures including, Cairo governor, Minister of monuments, Fatma Naoot, Margret Azer, etc; as well as church figures. The celebration included by a holy mass within the cave led by the Catholic Patriarchate, Ibrahim Isaac.

The cave is of a historical importance because it hosted the holy family when they came to Egypt for shelter. In the fourth Century, the Jesuits built the church nearby the cave and it was consecrated by Bishop Gido Korbly in 1891. It was not considered as a historical venue until its opening  on Friday the 1st of June.

In his speech to the press, Bishop Mouneer emphasized the importance of the visit of the Holy family to Egypt. The visit fulfilled a prophecy in Hosea 11: 1, NIV “Out of Egypt I called my son”, and was a reason for blessings to the Egyptians that continues till today. He also approved the wise decision internationally acknowledging Egypt as part of the route taken by the Holy Family. He also encouraged the Egyptians to always be a safe refuge for foreigners and refugees, as Egypt was once to the Holy Family, so they may find joy, peace and blessings in Egypt.

To view the full speech of Bishop Mouneer, please clink below.

To read local press, please click here, Sada El-Balad and El-Fagr News.

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