Brazil: An inclusive church with a commitment to the poor

Brazil: An inclusive church with a commitment to the poor

The Rev Richard Bartlett, Director of Mission Engagement for the Anglican mission agency USPG, reports on his recent visit to the Dioceses of Curitiba and Brasilia in the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil.   When Naudal Gomes, Dean of Curitiba Cathedral, in Brazil, first suggested to his congregation that they begin a weekly outreach to […]

Challenged to rethink theology

Challenged to rethink theology

Dr Evie Vernon, Theological Adviser for the Anglican mission agency USPG, reports on two weeks participating in a course run by the Asian Theological Academy. For two weeks I had the privilege of studying with a group of 23 clergy and lay leaders who had gathered in Sri Lanka to challenge their understanding of theology […]

‘They’ve seen so much violence, now they can see something beautiful’

‘They’ve seen so much violence, now they can see something beautiful’

The Anglican mission agency USPG is supporting a programme run by the Diocese of the Amazon, in Brazil, that is helping community workers reach out to young people and families trapped by discrimination and a lack of opportunities. Report and interviews by Naomi Herbert, USPG International Programmes Director. Life can be tough in Brazil’s majority […]

‘Church in the Philippines is living out an incarnational model of Jesus Christ’

‘Church in the Philippines is living out an incarnational model of Jesus Christ’

Davidson Solanki, International Programmes Manager with the Anglican mission agency USPG, reports on how the church in the Philippines is standing alongside marginalised indigenous communities   Anglican Life USPG Large-scale mining operations on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines have resulted in the forced relocation of indigenous communities. These people have lost ancestral […]

Reaching people on the margins

Reaching people on the margins

Rebecca Woollgar, Volunteering Manager for the Anglican mission agency USPG, reflects on the inspirational work of Anglican churches in Brazil and Wiltshire, and concludes there is no ‘us and them’ Anglican Life USPG What is the church for? For me it’s about acknowledging we all have something to offer – there is no ‘us and […]

Bravery, dignity and what it means to carry the cross of Jesus

USPG’s International Programme Manager Davidson Solanki reflects on his recent trip to Sri Lanka to observe the work of the Church of Ceylon The Church of Ceylon in Sri Lanka is punching above its weight. The Anglican Church in Sri Lanka is a minority within a minority – the country is approximately 70.2 per cent Buddhist, 12.6 per cent Hindu and 9.7 per cent Muslim (according to the 2011 census), with 7.4 per cent Christians, of which 6.1 per cent are Roman Catholics. So Anglicans are numbered among the country’s tiny 1.3 per cent non-Catholic Christian population. But Sri Lanka’s Anglicans do not let their small numbers prevent them from working hard to support the neglected and marginalised. In particular, I was impressed by their strong focus on working with communities still suffering in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s 26 year civil war. Though the conflict ended in 2009, there are poor communities that have received little help in terms of rehabilitation and many people […]

Mothers and babies are given hope and new life

Mothers and babies are given hope and new life

USPG International Programmes Manager Fran Mate reports on a programme run by the Anglican Church of Tanzania that is enabling mothers with HIV to deliver healthy babies.   Anglican Life USPG   The women I was talking to had tears in their eyes. They were so happy to discover their children had been born healthy, […]

A tantalising glimpse of hope

A tantalising glimpse of hope

Rachel Parry, USPG’s Director of Global Relations, reflects on an inspiring but challenging trip to meet peace advocates in Israel/Palestine   Anglican Life USPG     I spent a life-changing four days in Israel/Palestine last year and have been reflecting deeply on it ever since. I was in a mixed Christian and Jewish group from […]

Anglicans in Malawi are bringing education to girls

Anglicans in Malawi are bringing education to girls

Fran Mate, USPG Programmes Manager for Africa, reports on how the holistic mission of the Anglican Church in Malawi is helping to improve lives.   It started with the observation that girls were dropping out of school and a desire to do something about it. There was a clear gender divide between boys and girls, […]