As a diocese, we are fortunate to have strong links with countries across the world. The church is more than our buildings, but the connections we make through our relationship with God.
The Diocese of Winchester has partnerships with the Diocese of Newcastle in the UK, the Province of Myanmar (Burma); the Province of Rwanda; the Province of DR Congo; the Province of Burundi and many dioceses within the Province of Uganda. The partnerships are overseen by the Diocesan World Mission Group reporting to the Archdeacon for Mission.
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The diocese is working in a variety of ways to build its relationships with the Provinces of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Rwanda and Uganda.
Mission Partner Visits
Bishop Debbie and a team from Winchester Diocese travelled to Burundi in August 2023, a country with which we have a longstanding ‘companion link’ dating back to the 1970s. In the words of the Archbishop of Burundi in his welcoming address, “We are friends from long ago!”.
Rosemary Bartlett and Gill Tybjerg were representing Christchurch Deanery when they visited their Deanery Mission Partners, Kinkiizi Diocese, Uganda. They received a wonderful welcome and felt privileged to enjoy two weeks of Ugandan hospitality and fellowship.
Our diocese hosted Sister Mary-Louise in May 2023, a nun from Rubengera in Rwanda, whose convent has played a vital role in helping its community recover from the Rwandan genocide of 1994. They built five new houses for children who were all from different ethnic tribes – there was no discrimination.
The congregation of St Mary’s Andover enjoyed a visit from Bishop Pontien Ribakare of Burundi at the end of April, building on the mission partner link between the Andover deanery and the church in Burundi.
The School of Mission and Education teams visited Rwanda in February 2023, as part of our strategic development for education. The trip particularly focused on mutual benefits and reciprocity for children and teachers at home and in Rwanda.
The Lambeth Conference is an international meeting of Anglican bishops. The conference discusses church and world affairs and the global mission of the Anglican Communion for the decade ahead. Meeting around every ten years since 1867, the Lambeth Conference is one of the four Instruments of Unity in the Anglican Communion.
The current conference theme is ‘God’s Church for God’s World – Walking, Listening and Witnessing Together.’ The conference will explore what it means for the Anglican Communion to be responsive to the needs of a 21st Century world.
For more information see https://www.lambethconference.org/