Canadian partnership strengthens lay training in Cyprus and the Gulf

Reported on Anglican Communion News Service September 18, 2017

The Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf has partnered with a Canadian theological college to accredit its lay training course. The Exploring Faith course is part of the diocese’s commitment to lifelong learning and can lead to qualifications at diploma or degree level. The diocese has been using the course for the past five years. Currently, some 15 students are enrolled on the course and a further nine are expected to sign up from January.

Archdeacon of Cyprus John Holdsworth and Queens College Provost Dr Rick Singleton sign the Exploring Faith course Memorandum of UnderstandingLast week the Archdeacon of Cyprus, the Ven Dr John Holdsworth, was in Newfoundland, Canada, to sign a memorandum of understanding which will see the Queens College Faculty of Theology accredit and administer the Exploring Faith course.

The Provost of Queens College, Dr Rick Singleton, described the agreement as an exciting day for the college and said it was

a positive statement about [the college’s] partnership within the Anglican Communion.

The Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, Geoff Peddle, welcomed the link with the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, describing it as

the most fascinating diocese in the Anglican World.

The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf is part of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. It has 11 churches in Cyprus and 14 churches in Arabian Gulf nations, including Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman.