In July next year, many of the worldwide Anglican Communion’s bishops will be coming to England for their Lambeth Conference at the University of Kent on the outskirts of Canterbury. These gatherings have been held since 1867, normally every ten years, and provide a special opportunity for reflection, fellowship and discernment.
The use of technology has divided the waters in the Christian world. Some remain skeptical and conservative, while others are jumping into all the exciting opportunities technology offers without giving it a second thought. Of course, there are also many who are in between these two extremes, and today we see how technology is gradually being integrated in church services and mission activities all over the world.
Relay 200 is an ambitious twenty-year programme launched this year to provide the bishops of the 200 most impoverished dioceses in the Anglican Communion with the capacity to train grassroots leaders, often laity.
Christianity is growing across the world exponentially. Maybe we do not notice it in the West, where Christianity is gradually losing ground, but there are other parts of the world where we see exponential growth. Ordinary population growth is part of the reason, but it is also the result of effective evangelism, for it is never guaranteed that children of Christian parents will also grow up to be Christians themselves.
It is a joint relay race. We each contribute to the race so that we gradually get closer to the goal.
On April 19th, The Relay Trust welcomed Gabriela Cristofani into the London office for her first day as one of our team. As the Executive Assistant, Gabriela will largely be working with Mette Bjergbæk Klausen on the curriculum development and bringing her professional translator experience to standardizing the translation process of the materials between our teams.
“This course is a blessing: it adds onto the knowledge you already have about God’s love and care about others.”
We have reached our first goal in our project to design a way to serve courses to mobile phones without them being on the internet. We have successfully combined different software and customized some code to make it happen.
We are also excited about a new relationship we are building with the Apostolic Church in Togo. In January, we began to conduct surveys among the 200+ pastors serving in the church to learn more about their qualifications and situations.
Students are encouraged to imagine themselves in the position of Biblical characters, and brainstorm how the stories’ principles could be applied to their own lives.