Episcopal Diocese of Washington

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for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice

Southern Africa Link Committee

The Southern Africa Link Committee  was formed in early 2004 to coordinate the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (EDOW)'s partnership with the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) Anglican Church of Southern Africa.  When the partnership began, then-Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane said, "We cannot choose our human family and we cannot choose our Christian family either. Our job is to recognize that we belong to God and we belong together."

Faith and Hope in Face of Despair Across the Anglican Church of Southern Africa in Response to COVID-19

Our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) are overwhelmed by the same COVID-19 and follow-on economic crisis as we face in the Diocese of Washington.  

Four leading ACSA bishops and other ACSA church leaders have offered us a glimpse into their particular struggles as reflected in the messages below. They describe the crushing need to remain connected with their church communities during this time of social distancing, to respond to economic despair and inadequate medical care, to console those who are grieving losses, to urge good public health practices, to guard against increased gender-based violence, and, as noted by ACSA Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, to offer “hope in facing the challenges with eyes of love.”   

We ask for your prayers for our Brothers and Sisters in the ACSA during this most difficult time. As reflected in the Prayer for Africa:  

God, bless Africa
guard her Children
guide her leaders 
and give her peace;
for Jesus Christ’s sake.  Amen

We invite you to read reflections from these leaders: 

The Rt. Rev. Charles May, Bishop of the Diocese of the Highveld, South Africa
The Rt. Rev. Ellinah Wamukoya, the Bishop of Swaziland
The Rt. Rev. Andre Soares, the Bishop of Angola
The Rt. Rev. Vicente Msosa, Bishop of the Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique


Cynthia Efird
Elizabeth (Betsy) Finley
Ian Glenday
Kitty Hempstone
Abbott McCartney
Juanita White
Contact: Abbott McCartney