Former Archbishop of Singapore Leads Us in Thought-Provoking Dialogue

Last week, Gusour Cultural Center and the Diocese of Egypt were honored to host Archbishop John Chew, who gave lectures and led some incredible dialogue. Archbishop John was the third Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of the Province of South East Asia, as well as Bishop of Singapore. ++John remains a crucial voice and perspective on the growth of Christianity in the Global South, and the beauty and importance of Christians across the world listening to and learning from one another’s rich theological, ecclesiastical, and cultural traditions. It was truly a joy and a privilege to have ++John in our Diocese!

Gusour and the Diocese hosted two public lectures in the evenings. Tuesday evening, we thought through the Abrahamic tradition and the “mandate” for the children of Abraham (Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike) to be a blessing to the nations. He challenged us, asking how and if we are fulfilling our purpose to be a blessing to all nations. Especially in conversation with people from other (ancient) faiths, he has found it helpful to start with the ancient foundations of our faith and the beautiful history of the people of God. Thursday evening focused on the life of Joseph, who lived much of his life in Egypt! We looked at Psalms 77, 78, and 80, historical Psalms which recount God’s faithfulness to his people through their trials and struggles. Even when we are not faithful, God always is!

On Wednesday, our clergy and lay ministers had the opportunity to have a more intimate conversation with ++John. The Archbishop emphasized the need to “build bridges” with the Church in Asia not by dialoguing around Western theologians like Martin Luther or John Calvin, but by going back to our shared heritage as children of Abraham. He also suggested we pay more attention to biblical figures like Jeremiah, who lived just before the great Chinese philosopher, Confucius!

As always, Archbishop John brought a crucial perspective and greatly expanded our minds and our thoughts. We are so thankful for his willingness to come and to share with us!

Prayer Request:

Please pray for the ongoing ministry of ++John as he continues to teach from and about the Bible. Please also pray for the growing church in South East Asia! Pray that God would raise up indigenous leaders and local theological education for the this strong and important part of the body of Christ and the Anglican Communion.

400 Attend Remarkable Concert in All Saints’ Cathedral

Fouad and Mounib Concert

All Saints’ Cathedral

On Friday, February 1, our Cathedral in Zamalek hosted a once-in-a-lifetime musical event. Egypt’s own Fouad and Mounib wowed the audience with a beautiful evening of entirely original-composition music! A striking combination of styles and tempos, Fouad and Mounib’s performance left all in attendance feeling humbled yet inspired, with a new appreciation and passion for art and its power to affect the human soul.

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Mohammed Fouad on Piano; Ahmed Mounib on Violin

We were so excited to host Found and Mounib in the beautiful All Saints’ Cathedral, and the space proved to be a magical setting. As the music rang through the church, the stained-glass chandelier seemed to almost make music of its own, the lotus-ceiling singing back as well. For many people who attended the concert, it was their first time to be in a church; after the concert, many people sensed that our Cathedral is a holy place.

The Beautiful Venue for the Concert, All Saints Cathedral

This concert was arranged and organized by our very own Gusour Cultural Center, which seeks to provide opportunities for society members of all cultural backgrounds to build bridges of understanding, acceptance, and cooperation through art, music, educational and cultural activities. This event did not have a time of discussion or fellowship afterwards, like many of Gusour’s events. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful example of Gusour’s vision of one place, open for all people. In the times we live in, full of polarization, Gusour is taking the opposite approach of many by opening doors, rather than closing them.

Michael Adel, who has directed Gusour for the last three years, was particularly moved by the event, saying, “This work we are engaged in, for a world in which all people are loved and accepted without any condition, is always an uphill battle. We face the challenges of polarization, mis-education, and hate every day. And sometimes, honestly, I feel discouraged. But this beautiful night of music and appreciation and all Gusour events, which are open to all people, motivate me to keep working, to keep striving, for an Egypt and a world  in which all people, from all backgrounds understand and love one another.”

We know that it was our great God, in his ever-flowing generosity, who made this event happen. We are so thankful to our great God for his steadfastness and provision. We, like the farmer, only prepare the soil and plant the seeds of love, tolerance, and understanding. It is God who does the watering, and makes the flowers grow. Praise be to God!

PRAYER REQUEST

Please continue to pray for the important work of Gusour Cultural Center. Pray in confidence that “the Lord of Peace himself” (2 Thess. 3:16) would bring peace, love, and tolerance to our great country of Egypt.

New Prayer Diary: Feb-June 2019

Dear Friends,

Please click here to view and download our new prayer diary, which covers Feb-June of this year. We have gathered together praises and prayer from across the Diocese, to guide and encourage you as you bring our beautiful and diverse Diocese to the Lord.

Thank you, as always, for partnering with us in prayer; YOU are a important part of the work the Lord is doing in and through the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa.

May the Lord bless you this year!

TOMORROW: Day of Prayer

Dear Friends,

Please join us TOMORROW, 30 November, for a day of prayer for the acknowledgement of our independent status as a church in Egypt.

If you are in Egypt, you may join us here at All Saints Cathedral, Main Hall, at 10:00am. If you are not in Egypt, please join us in prayer during this time and throughout the day.

Diocesan Clergy Wives Conference

Last month, the Diocese of Egypt organized a conference for the clergy wives and lay ministers. The conference hosted more than 25 women who are involved in the ministries of the diocese. The main theme was “Closer relationship with God”, through an intensive study of the lives of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. The conference lasted for 3 days. The main speakers were; Cynthia Tay, Bishop Moses Tay’s wife, and Nancy Anis, Bishop Mouneer’s wife. Bishop Moses Tay is the former Archbishop of the Diocese of Singapore. The two speakers were able to open up and share their challenges in their long journeys of ministry with the younger wives. The conference contained time of fellowship and prayers, which helped the ladies to unite and relax.

Let us keep those ladies in our prayers. May Our Lord strengthen them to fulfill His will in their ministries.

The Diocesan Interfaith Coordinator takes part in the African Union Forum

On 13 November 2018, Mr. Seleem Wasef, the interfaith coordinator of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt North Africa and the Horn of Africa, took part in the African Interfaith dialogue forum which cares for the good of the continent. The conference focused on the role of religious leaders in advancing peace, development and inclusiveness in Africa .The forum provided a platform for participants to represent their experience and identify challenges and good practices in the field of interfaith dialogue encouraging specific contributions that religious leaders can make to strengthen social cohesion in African communities in order to support sustainable peace and development.

It is worth mentioning that Bishop Mouneer’s, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt North Africa and the Horn of Africa; international efforts played an important factor in the representation of Egypt in the African Union in the field of the interfaith dialogue; and that the diocesan lay minister Mr .Seleem Wassef is the only Egyptian Christian taking part in this famous African Interfaith dialogue forum.

 

Prayer Diary

Dear Friends of the Diocese of Egypt,

Greetings from the Diocese!

Hope you had a wonderful summer!

We wish to thank the Lord for what He has done with us so far; and to ask Him to bless us to be Christ-like in all what we do according to His will. Please continue to join us in prayers. Please use the prayer diary to guide you with the prayer requests for the different ministries. Let us take time to pray for those wonderful ministries.

Thanks for all your prayers. That what keeps us going.

Click here to get the prayer diary. 

Youth Conference in Alexandria

Bait El Salam and El Agamy recently hosted a youth conference in Alexandria from Thursday, June 14th to Monday, June 18th. The leader of the conference was Ramez Bekheet, a member of the Diocese of Egypt’s Youth Committee. Roughly 130 youth attended the conference, called “Discover, Invest, and Start”. The conference was focused on helping the attendees discover their strengths and hobbies that God has blessed them with. They also discussed why God has given them such gifts, and how to make good use of them for the His glory. The conference included discussions, lectures, times of worship, fun activities, and three services, including Holy Communion.

Youth from churches in Old Cairo, El Salam, Giza, Ezbet El Nakhl, Port Said, as well as members of sports teams from Port Said and Banha, attended the youth conference.

 

 

String Orchestra Performing at Gusour Cultural Center

Yesterday, Friday June 8,Gusour Culture Center hosted Arabic Musical Concert, in which; Quattro strings & Oud players “Michael Oncy” and “Fady Ezat” played a collection of the most famous pieces written by the most famous composers of the Middle East, e.g. Farid El-Atrash, Mohamed Abd El-Wahab, Omar Khairat, etc. The string orchestra ended their musical evening by playing a piece dedicated to them by the great musician “Rageh Dawoud”, professor at the Conservator. At the Finale, Professor “Rageh Dawoud” joined the orchestra to play “The Passacalia”, which happens to be one of his master pieces. Remarkably, the concert attracted a huge crowed of both genders from different backgrounds and nationalities.

Following the concert, Bishop Mouneer honored the great musician, Professor “Rageh Dawoud”, for his creative musical pieces, offering him “The Armor of the Diocese” affirming the importance of music to raise human emotions and civilization.

To view local press report, please click here. To listen to live recording, please visit the Gusour Culture Center Facebook page.

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