Friday, June 11, 2010

Lambeth Palace

A photo and a note from Vinnie:

Dear All
As we get to the end of our programme here in the UK. On Tuesday 9th June we had a meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, at Lambeth Palace. After our meeting an official photograph was taken, and I'm sharing the moment with you.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Update from Vinnie

The Edinburgh conference ended on Sunday the 6th, most of the outcomes can be read here at the Edinburgh 2010 website. Vicentia is now in London for the Young Anglican Leaders formation.
The delegates in Edinburgh shared accomodation with the South African Womens' Rugby Team - who on Saturday played a test match with the Scotland Womens' rugby team - SA won 28-8. As the team came into the dining hall where the delegates were having supper, the South Africans burst into applause, cheering and clapping - as Vinnie says, "all we were short of was a vuvuzela!" I'm sure the team was thrilled with the extra support!

Speaking of vuvuzelas, don't forget that next Sunday is Soccer Sunday at church - wear your favourite team's colours, bring flags and - um - would Margie like vuvuzelas as an accompaniment to the organ? A R10 donation is also requested, to go towards funds for the youth group.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Vicentia in Edinburgh, continued...

Yesterday Vinnie was invited with the other delegates to the Scottish Parliament and they were requested to wear traditional dress for the occasion. How stunning is our Archdeacon and Rector in her outfit?! Vicentia with Prof. Mercy Oduyuye of Nigeria and the Rev. Irene Ayallo of Kenya.

To read more about the aims of the conference, and what some of the delegates, including Vinnie's, thoughts and hopes are, here's a link to an article at Episcopal Life Online.

Vicentia and Prof. Tinyiko Maluleke of UNISA

...with a member of the South African Women's Rugby Team!...
...and just in case you thought she'd forgotten what's going on back at home... with some other South Africans in the media and academia, in Football Friday regalia!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vicentia in Edinburgh

If you're wondering where exactly our rector's gone... it's to the World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 2010 being held 100 years after the last one in 1910, read all about it over here. Above are the delegates from the Anglican Communion with top clergy from the Diocese of Edinburgh, at the home of Bishop Brian Smith and his wife Tessa.
Here she is with the other Anglican communion delegates - you can read about them all here on the Anglican Communion website. What a huge honour for Vinnie (and for us, by association!) to be representing South Africa, and the continent with the other 3 delegates from Zambia and Kenya. It is a multi-denominational event, not confined to Anglicans, seeking direction for the Christian mission in the 21st century.

Bishop Brian Smith - on his knees! - Bishop Mark of Toronto in Canada and Mrs Williams, wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury, seen here with some of the delegates.
P.S. - just arrived, a letter from Vinnie to St Peter's....
Dear Saints

I have the privilege to attend the World Mission Conference. The theme of the conference is Witnessing to Christ Today. The last time this kind of Conference was held a century ago. I am here representing the Anglican Communion with 8 other fellow Anglicans.

Before attending the conference I was hosted by the Diocese of St Andrews. I spent 4 days in a parish of St. Saviour, in a village called Bridge of Allan. I preached there on Trinity Sunday and had an opportunity to visit few projects that diocese is involved in and for those golfers out there on your behalf I spent time at the Links Golf Course, shot a birdie at the 18th hole and stood at the famous bridge.

After the conference the Anglican communion delegates with depart for London, among other things we will do there is to meet officially with Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

The Venerable Vicentia Refiloe Kgabe
St Peter Anglican Church, Auckland Park.
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