Anglican Synod of Bishops to Meet

The Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa will meet at a conference centre in Bela Bela in Limpopo next week.

Hosted by the Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist, the meeting will hear from a number of outside speakers and consider a range of important issues in church life.

Vistors to the Synod will include General Bantu Holomisa of the United  Democratic Movement, who will speak on leadership and planning, Ms Hendrietta Ipeleng Bogopane-Zulu, the Deputy Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disability, who will address issues including the accessibility of churches to the disabled.

Church business to be dealt with will include: the training of new bishops; a new Anglican Prayer Book; developments in theological education; and the Growing the Church outreach, including the Anglicans Ablaze conference this year.




Stand, Bow, Prostrate: The Prayerful Body of Coptic Christianity

Monastery of St. AntoniusIn The Clarion Review:

Many in the West tend to look at prayer life as a mental thing: we praise, we thank, we confess to, and we confide in God – with words. And yet, some kind of bodily movement always accompanies our prayers. Indeed, a great body of Christian wisdom has long known that while we think or pronounce our prayers, our bodies, too, are at work expressing and shaping our souls.  In the Coptic tradition it is the Liturgy of the Hours and the Divine Liturgy that become the occasions of formal psycho-physical prayer. Liturgical postures and gestures involve the whole person, for Christian prayer is not merely a mental activity, but rather one that proclaims and seeks to realize the union of body and soul. It recognizes, through the liturgy, that such unity is how God intended to create and save the human person…

… One of the central features of prayer in the Coptic Church, particularly as it developed in monastic circles, is precisely that the body is continuously involved in various actions during prayer. Unceasing prayer has been a feature of Egyptian monasticism from its very beginnings…

Well worth reading on. To do so, click here.