Primacy election in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East

The Synod of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East met in Amman, Jordan on 16-17 May 2017.  Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, the outgoing Primate, invited The Right Revd Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester, to open the Synod with prayer and reflection.  He led a Bible study on the subject of servant apostles using Ephesians 3, in preparation for the election of a new Primate.

The Synod, after prayerful discernment, reached a unanimous decision to elect Archbishop Suheil Dawani of the Diocese of Jerusalem as the next Primate of the Province from 17 May 2017 for a period of two and a half years ending on 16 November 2019, to be followed by Bishop Michael Lewis of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf as the Primate of the Province from 17 November 2019 for a period of two and a half years ending on 16 May 2022.

We congratulate both Archbishop Suheil and Bishop Michael on their appointments, and we give thanks for Archbishop Mouneer’s service as our Primate since 2007.  We also give thanks to Bishop Tim Dakin for his gracious contribution.

The Synod appointed The Revd Dr Albert Walters as the Vicar General for the Diocese of Iran for a six month period.

The Synod also elected Mrs Georgia Katsantonis as the Provincial Secretary and Mr Ehab Edward as the Provincial Treasurer.

Please uphold the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East in your prayers.

Launching of “Together We Develop Egypt” Project

On Wednesday the 5th of April, “Together We Develop Egypt” project , sponsored by the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt and Misr El-Kehir; launched the first event between the Egyptian Muslim and Christian youth together with their leaders, the Imams and Priests.

The project aims to encourage young youth, of both religions, on the ground to be effectively engaging together to develop Egypt. The need we face in EGYPT and the success of the previous related project “Together For Egypt” were the motive behind this movement. If we can talk to each other, we can also develop Egypt with each other.

The project started for the benefit of the local communities such as El-Menya, the Canal cities, Salam city, Tenth of Ramadan city and Al Warak area. The event was full of workshops that motivate and enable our youth to use their potentials for the good of their communities.

Please pray for us and for Egypt

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for all your messages of condolences and your prayers.

Palm Sunday this year was a sad one. As I was going to celebrate Palm Sunday at All Saints Cathedral, Cairo, I heard the news of the explosions at Mar Girgis [St George’s] Coptic Orthodox Church in Tanta, in the middle of the Nile Delta area. During the Service, I heard of another explosion at St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria. The outcome of these terrorist attacks is that 45 were killed and 129 injured, some of whom were Muslim policemen and guards. Sadness overshadowed all Palm Sunday celebrations all over Egypt.

Intensive security measures and regulations have been made since this last Saturday. This included security personnel emptying all the streets around the churches and cathedrals of cars with extra policemen and sniffer dogs checking all church buildings and worshippers before Services start. I believe these measures were done to safeguard all church buildings in the country. Although the security was very tight, the evildoers have their own ways and it is extremely difficult to achieve 100 per cent security. This was also the case behind the recent terrorist attacks in Sweden, Britain, Germany and France.

Both terrorist attacks were done by suicide bombers. In Tanta, the suicide bomber succeeded to enter the Church, while in Alexandria, the metal detector gates beeped as the bomber was going through and to avoid being arrested, he detonated the bomb.

As I am writing these words, the burial of the Coptic Orthodox martyrs from the Church in Alexandria are being held at Mar Mina Monastery in a mass grave.

Last evening, President Sisi conveyed his condolences and expressed his strong determination to fight and defeat terrorists. He also announced about the formation of a national council for fighting terrorism that will have all the authority to take firm action. In addition, he applied a 3-month emergency law. These terrorist attacks on Churches are not the first. More than 60 Churches were burnt in August 2013 as a reaction to the ouster of the former Muslim Brotherhood President. They aim to destabilize the country.

In view of these terrorist attacks, we expect that tourist numbers to Egypt will drop considerably although Egypt is still considered a much safer destination than other countries in the region.

Thank you again for your condolences. Please pray for us and for Egypt.

May the Lord bless you!

+Mouneer
Anglican Bishop in Egypt

The first Media production course

I was so encouraged to meet our youth from different parishes attending this workshop which equip them to use media and make films for the ministries of their parishes.   (Bishop Mouneer Anis)

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Latest Website Update!

Dear Partners and Friends of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt,
We previously informed you that: “the domain of the current website of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt will change from www.dioceseofegypt.org to www.anglicandioceseofegypt.org on Saturday the 25th of March, 2017 at 6 p.m. And the old domain will STOP working on Friday the 24th of March, 2017 at 12 p.m.”
Based on the preference of many friends who mentioned their sentimental attachment to the old domain which reminds them of the history of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt, our brilliant I.T. team were able to restore the old domain back. So, the old domain (www.dioceseofegypt.org) REMAINS working rather than the intended new domain.
Thank you for your interest in our website!

Gusour Cultural Center is pleased to invite you for the next film screening followed by a discussion with the filmmakers

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You are stronger than all the frustrating voices surrounding you.
You are stronger than the one who see that you can’t.
You are braver than the people tried to take you off your way.
You are a source of inspiration for more people like you.
Continue ….. Never stop.

As part of Gusour’s celebration this month with international women’s day and Egyptian mother’s day, in collaboration with the digital museum of women and the initiative “Raise up your voice”; we are pleased to display these two movies “Thanks to be for the work of your hand” and “Not for Girls” followed by a discussion with the film Producers and the one responsible for the initiative “Raise up your voice”. The two movies are result of training in the industry of short films Initiated by “Raise up your voice”.

“Bless her Hands” 

“Bless her Hands” documents working women in informal sectors and what they face in their daily life, from stereotyping and marginalization to disrespect and abandonment. The film shades light on the important, yet hidden role, those women play in our society and tries to change the image which is stigmatizing them.

“Not for Girls”
“Not for Girls” is a short documentary showing four Egyptian woman executing jobs and hobbies which are considered to be for men by the society. The documentary follows Nesreen, a young motorcycle mechanic from Helwan-Cairo, who loves the profession and is passionate about motorcycles. We get to know Om Mohammed, who is driving a TokTok, because she doesn’t want to depend on anyone else than herself and Asma who works with her husband as a carpenter in her own shop in Downtown, realizing how her working made her a better and more balanced woman than she was before. Them and Aya, a goalkeeper in a local football club in Sayeeda Zeinab give us an insight about the all days struggle fighting for acceptance and against the stigmata and harassment they have to face on a daily basis. But they also share their hope and visions for a society where men and woman are equal and able to life a live, which is not ruled by gender patterns and fixed gender roles.
Note: 
The two films are in Arabic and they have been translated in English.
Free admission
GUSOUR CULTURAL CENTER
All Saints’ Cathedral
5 Michel Lotfalla St, behind the Marriott Hotel 
Zamalek, Cairo
01283533640
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Dr. Lindsay Brown and Canon Michael Green At All Saints Cathedral On Sunday 26th of March.

All Saints’ Cathedral (Egyptian, Sudanese and English-speaking Congregations) is hosting a service of celebration with international leader and speaker, Dr Lindsay Brown, who will give us a round the world survey of the encouragements and challenges facing the global church speaking from Habakkuk 2.14 and Revelation 7.9.

Dr Brown was converted to Christ as a teenager and studied European history in Oxford for 3 years, where he was President of the Christian Union. He has been involved in student ministry with IFES since 1981 and is International Director of the Lausanne Movement and is passionate about raising up a new generation of students to lead the Church into the future and works with student leaders from across Europe.

Edward Michael Bankes Green  is a British Oxford theologian, Anglican Priest, Christian apologist and author of more than 50 books.

Green has served in many different ministry roles as a gifted evangelist and teacher. Whether in local churches or theological schools, he has been a passionate advocate for ‘every member ministry.’ Dr Green has lectured and preached worldwide and has authored many books on a variety of subjects. Some of his most well-known works are on evangelism in the Book of Acts, one of which has been translated into Arabic– Thirty Years That Changed the World-The Book of Acts For Today.

Green is married to Rosemary and they have four adult children, Sarah, Jenny, Tim and Jonathan. Canon Michael will be giving some remarks before Dr Lindsay Brown speaks as both men are burdened with the equipping Christian leaders for ministry and have often served together in many international settings.

At 7 pm, the service will be in both Arabic and English. All are welcome! All Saints’ Cathedral is the ‘mother church’ of the Anglican / Episcopal Diocese of Egypt led by Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis. At 10 am, the service will be held in English with mainly Canon Michael Green

Archbishop Mouneer Anis and the new Area Bishop Samy Fawzy in a Pastoral visit to North Africa

Bishop Anis and Bishop Fawzy are currently visiting North Africa, Tunisia and Algeria, for a pastoral visit. The aim of the visit is to introduce the new Area Bishop for North Africa to our churches in  North Africa as well as ecumenical partners. One of the responsibilities of the area bishop is to be able to engage with the authorities; this visit allowed formal introduction between the two parties for fruitful future communications.

It was great Revd. Vincent Jacob Rajan from Libya was able to travel to meet the bishops in Tunisia. The three enjoyed time of fellowship and were able to discuss ministry in Tripoli.

“The ministry is flourishing. Praise God!” said Bishop Mouneer, referring to the ministry in North Africa.

The trip didn’t involve the leaders only, but also the regular congregations. Bishop Fawzy received warm welcome through the wonderful celebrations organized by the parishes of North Africa.

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