The HOUSE OF BISHOPS MEETINGS UNDER THEME: REMOVE THE ROCK ON THE WAY

“…prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people.”

(Isaiah 57:14b, Old King James Version)

25-28th NOVEMBER, 2015

Bishops ECSS 2015-12-07 at 6.59.20 PM

Bishops from 43 dioceses of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and the Sudan meeting on November 25-28, 2015 at the Diocese of Juba, Central Equatoria for the annual House of Bishops (HOB) Meeting(Phpoto credits: Rt. Rev. Thomas Tut Gany)

Dec 07, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — We, the bishops from 43 dioceses of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and the Sudan have met from November 25-28, 2015 in the Diocese of Juba, Central Equatoria for our annual House of Bishops (HOB) Meeting to reflect on the life of the church and the general situation in our countries.

We acknowledge the presence of our Provincial and Diocesan Chancellors for their technical expertise over the Provincial Constitutional review.

We commend and appreciate the address of H.E. Festus G. Mogae, the Former President of Botswana and the Chairman of the Join Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) for coming to speak to us about the implementation of the peace agreement. We thank him and his colleagues for the tireless efforts to help the South Sudanese achieve a lasting peace.

We commend and appreciate Dr. Saluwa Barbary, the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs for attending the opening season of the House of Bishops meeting. We thank her for the word of encouragement and support for the Bishops in their role of peace, reconciliation and forgiveness in South Sudan and the Sudan.

We appreciate the return of the former political detainees to South Sudan to join the implementation of the peace agreement. We thank them for addressing the House of Bishops. We urge the SPLM – in Opposition to send their delegation to Juba to speed up the process of the implementation.

We have challenged ourselves as bishops in South Sudan and the Sudan on how to contribute effectively towards peace in our beloved two nations. We call for all citizens of South Sudan and the Sudan to speak with one voice for a lasting peace and stop hate speech that incites hatred and war.

We believe that peace is God’s gift of grace to whole humanity. It is the fundamental right of every person in the planet earth. God’s original intention is for human beings to have wholeness of life which means; tranquility, freedom, security; health; dignity; hope and prosperity Our ministry as the Church in two Sudans is peace, unity and justice for all peoples.

In South Sudan and the Sudan, our people are denied peace by their own leaders who are supposed to protect and care for them. We struggle to find people. We are traumatized. We ask the Almighty God to reign His glory upon us.

As faith leaders from the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and the Sudan, we share the pain and the suffering of our people who are victims of the political power struggle that has put our nations at the edge of the sword. We challenge the culture of violence and impunity, revenge and tribalism. We urge in particular South Sudan government, opposition and Former political detainees to give peace a chance to listen to the voices of the innocent, to stop the drums of war and destruction. Engouth people have killed and destroyed God’s writing is on the wall as the Prophet Daniel said in Chapter 5 and none of us can interpret the writings.

As the House of Bishops, we are aware that the people of South Sudan and the Sudan are suffering from the poverty not only of material but even in the mind. We pray God to give us grace to bring change and transformation of these phenomena. What a paradox in the Western and Asian worlds today people are planning to send their children to space including Mars, in South Sudan and the Sudan, we send our children to the bush, refugee camps and graveyard. Instead of giving bread, pen and pencil to go to school, study, think and write, we give them guns and bullets, knives, pangas and spears to kill and destroy. We are denying our children access to education, good health and right for life.

Thus, as Bishops of ECSS&S we fully support the present South Sudan peace agreement signed in August 2015 by the warring parties. We encourage them to respect the ceasefire, lay down arms and work with IGAD, AU and Troika to form the Transitional Government of National Unity. We thank the above international and regional bodies in their role and support of peace in our beloved two nations. We call upon the government of South Sudan and the opposition to expedite all processes of August 2015 Peace Agreement to end the suffering of our people.

We condemn the continuation of war and violence in all states. Unity, Jongiei, Western Quatoria, Eastern Equatoria, and Central Equotira especially the daily killings of innocent, people in the capital city of Juba. We also condemn the ongoing revenge killing in Lakes State and Warrap State and urge those involved to stop the killings now.

We remind the government of South Sudan and international community about the issue of the Abyei. We urge them not to forget the rights of the people of Abyei to be allowed to choose where they want to belong to live as free people.

We call upon the government of South Sudan and the national and international Oil Companies to address the issue of oil spills during the shutdown of the oil pipelines that have polluted the environment, damaged natural ecosystems in Panrieng area. The spilled oil contaminated water, grass and air and it has impacted on both animal and human lives, for example birds and cows are dying in great numbers and women are giving birth to deformed children.

We commit ourselves to promote peace, cultivate the culture of peace and co-existence in our communities. We want to engage our boys and girls and communities at the grassroots to become peace-builders and peace-makers through the peace building reconciliation and healing program we have started taking into grassroots level. No time is appropriate than now to build the culture of peace.

We stand in solidarity with those who work to promote and build peace in our two countries. We dedicate ourselves to finding solution to our ethnic and political problems and violence.

We call on all faith leaders of these countries to join us in speaking out and condemning the spirit of violence. Let us remove the rocks on the way that block the processes of peace and work together to end all types of war in our countries.

We are appalled by the beheading of a South Sudanese refugee in Libya by the Islamic State terror group. We condemn the killing and beheading of innocent people all over the world by the terrorist group and urge the government of South Sudan to protect every South Sudanese living abroad.

We affirm our commitment to work together with our Muslim brothers and sisters in the two countries to promote harmonious relations, tolerance, co-existence, dialogue, harmony and peace.

We call upon South Sudan and Sudan government, the military community and civil society leaders to work together in spirit of unity to help the wars in our two nations

On relations with other parts of the Anglican communion we support our Archbishop and Primate’s acceptance to the invitation from the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Primates meeting in January 2016 in Canterbury.

The House of bishops learned with sadness the two resolutions passed by the Episcopal Church (TEC) in their General Convention (25 June to 3 July 2015) that purport to bring liturgical marriage equality to all dioceses of the Episcopal Church beginning on the first Sudan in Advent by changing the canons of their church regarding marriage to make it “gender neutral” and also approving of “two trial liturgies”. In our view such innovations are not in conformity with the Scriptures.

The House of Bishops was encouraged to read of the 18 TEC Bishops who issued a minority report dissenting to the TEC resolutions. We encourage these Bishops to stand firm on their position as well as those parishes within the IEC who disagree with TEC resolutions but abide with the Biblical understanding that marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.

Because of the above resolutions, the House of Bishops do hereby recommend to our Provincial Synod to sever relationship with TEC and any other Provinces or Dioceses that approves liturgy for blessing same sex relationship. We will make exception to the dioceses of the 18 TEC Bishops who issued the minority letter of objections to TEC Convention resolutions

The House of Bishops has agreed to formally recognize the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) and recommends our Archbishop and Primate to forge relationship with ACNA.

The House of Bishops also affirm its commitment to be part of Global South and the GAFCON fellowship.

We realize that there are South Sudanese Diaspora congregations that are originally from ECSS&S and are currently under TEC dioceses and Provinces, which support same sex relations. We encourage such congregations that are in the US to join Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) parishes, where they exist.

We call upon our people in the Diaspora to promote peace and reconciliation instead of promoting the conflict through media and internet. We appeal to the governments of two Sudans and humanitarian organizations to prepare for the return of the IDPs.

And refugees from various camps by providing them with humanitarian supports such shelter, food and agricultural tools.

May God bless you all!

____________________________                         ________________________

The most Rev. Dr. Daniel Deng But                       The Most Rev. Ezekiel Kondo

The Archbishop, Primate of the ECSSS                 Archbishop of the Internal

And the Diocesan Bishop of Juba                          Province of the Sudan

And the Diocesan Bishop of Juba

LARYKOK CLUSTER                                          UPPER NILE CLUSTER

____________________________                         ________________________

The Rt. Rev. Hilary Adeba                                     The Rt. Rev. Hilary Garang

Chairman of the Cluster and                                   Chairman of the Cluster and The

Bishop of Yei                                                          and the Bishop of Malakal

BAHR EL GHALAL CLUSTER                           CENTRAL CLUSTER

____________________________                         ________________________

The Rt. Rev. Joseph Maker                                    The Rt. Rev. Stephen Dokolo

Chairman of the Cluster                                          Chairman of the Cluster and

And the Bishop of Pacong                                      the Bishop of Lui

MINYE

____________________________                         ________________________

The Rev. Peter Munde                                            The Rt. Rev. Bismark M. Avokaya

Chairman of the Cluster                                          A/Secretary HOB & Bishop of Mundri

& the Bishop of Yambiro

3 comments

  • These Bishops’ message innocents’ blood because the Judas Iscariot, Bishop Daniel Deng Bul, who with makuei Liar deceived over 200 Nuer IDPS in Juba UNMISS camp to leave the protected sites-returned to their home in early 2014, but all ended headless in Juba hospital within days. How can we possibly believe anything that come out of Bishop Deng Bul’s mouth when in fact he publicly praised the Ugandan mercenaries for the grand destruction of livelihoods they caused in South Sudan. The same Bishop that helped Makuei Liar and the JCE murdered/ beheaded over Nuers in Juba!

  • DINGIT NA TUGGÖ

    Bishops, Bishops, Bishops and Bishops………………..Please listen to what Bishop Desmund Tutu of South Africa said to all oppressed people of Africa. He said, LET US NOT GO INTO DEEP PRAYERS WITH OUR EYES CLOSED, THAT WHEN WE OPEN OUR EYES, OUR LAND HAS GONE AND WE ARE LEFT ONLY WITH THE BIBLE IN OUR HANDS. Let point out this, WHERE WILL THE EQUATORIAN BISHOPS PREACH THE WORD OF GOD WHEN THE LAND HAS GONE? This is what exactly happening in the LAND OF GREATER EQUATORIA. All the church leaders pretend they are praying to God while the jengelon are very busy grabbing our ancestral land.

    Please do not decieve us that there is good church ministry here in the RSS. Nothing good coming out of you church leaders. In your eyes, you see kiir goes to church every Sunday but it is the same kiir ordering the killing of citizens in WONDURUBA, YAMBIO and so forth.

    The church need to be reformed in South Sudan. SPECIALLY the jenge churches because they start attacking themselves inside churches like cows ………………..shame on you. I think these BISHOPS have to look into such problems and take action than going into deep prayers while the jenge are busy looting the country wealth

  • Gat.darwich

    These Bishops’ message is tainted with the innocents’ blood because the Judas Iscariot, Bishop Daniel Deng Bul, who with makuei Liar deceived over 200 Nuer IDPS in Juba UNMISS camp to leave the protected sites-returned to their home in early 2014, but all ended headless in Juba hospital within days. How can we possibly believe anything that come out of Bishop Deng Bul’s mouth when in fact he publicly praised the Ugandan mercenaries for the grand destruction of livelihoods they caused in South Sudan. The same Bishop that helped Makuei Liar and the JCE murdered/ beheaded over Nuers in Juba!

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