Bible Lands Summer 2019

The Middle East remains a focal point for inter-communal, intra-regional and international conflict. The Bishop of Truro’s Commission on the Persecution of Christians in its Interim Report highlighted the impact on the Christian communities of the region with significant decline in the Christian population and widespread experience of discrimination and persecution.

Our Editor has drawn together articles which speak of the resilience of that presence and its significant outreach in these various countries of conflict.

Changes to the province?

The Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) met at the end of April and received a request from the province that the Diocese of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa become a separate, independent province. The Diocese of Jerusalem is also seeking special status due to ‘its historical position as Mother Church of our Christian Faith’. The situation for the Dioceses of Cyprus and the Gulf and Iran is unclear.

Pray

As we pray for all Christians and peoples of the Middle East (do use Praying Around the Province on pages 22 & 23), let us in particular hold the leadership of the province in our prayers as they look to the future and meet together in the Central Synod at the end of June.

John Clark

Chair: JMECA Standing Committee

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