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Boksburg, South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. Churches "are fundamental to the effective tackling of poverty," Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane The Most Reverend Njongonkulu Winston Hugh Ndungane is Archbishop of Cape Town and Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. External links
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Desmond Tutu Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town of Cape Town Cape Town or Capetown, city (1991 pop. 854,616), legislative capital of South Africa and capital of Western Cape, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. It was the capital of Cape Province before that province's subdivision in 1994. in March told an international conference focused on how Anglicans worldwide can address the issues of poverty, HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and education in developing countries.
The gathering, called Towards Effective Anglican Mission, or TEAM, took place March 7-14 in Boksburg, near Johannesburg.
"We meet because God has called us, and we know that those whom he calls, he directs and equips to carry out his purposes," said Archbishop Ndungane in the opening address.
TEAM brought about 350 delegates and speakers from Anglican churches around the world together to discuss comprehensive approaches to aid and development.
Archbishop of Canterbury The Archbishop of Canterbury is the main leader of the Church of England and by convention is also recognised as head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The current archbishop is Rowan Williams. Rowan Williams, in an interview with Episcopal News Service, noted that such Anglican organizations as Mothers' Union are involved in development work, "but the Anglican church hasn't really worked very hard at coordinating all this so far." The conference allowed people "to compare notes, to shape some strategy and to think forward to make the best use of the resources we've got."
A major focus of discussions were the United Nations' eight Millennium Development Goals “MDG” redirects here. For other uses, see MDG (disambiguation).
The Millennium Development Goals are eight goals that 192 United Nations member states have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015. , which include halving extreme poverty, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. Archbishop Williams said the goals "don't exhaust what Christians ought to be doing for their neighbors, but they do present us with the primary challenge of poverty."
In a conference address, Jenny Te Pea, the ahorangi or dean of the College of St. John the Evangelist in Auckland, addressed the church's current controversy over homosexuality.
She said that an Anglican women's delegation at a recent UN conference expressed its concern about whether the church's mission is distracted by the "incomprehensible" practice of boycotting eucharist at the February primates' meeting in Tanzania (see related stories, p. 12-13). Seven primates who have a conservative view of homosexuality refused to take communion with their counterparts.
Canadians attending the TEAM conference included Bishop Philip Poole, suffragan suf·fra·gan
n. Abbr. Suff. or Suffr.
1. A bishop elected or appointed as an assistant to the bishop or ordinary of a diocese, having administrative and episcopal responsibilities but no jurisdictional functions. of Toronto, representing the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund.