Relationship: Diocese of Lui, South Sudan

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1999-03-01 11:01:14

Learning about Sudanese Christians

Episcopal School for Ministry-class becomes aware of the persecution of Sudanese Christians

2000-01-01 11:01:14

Rob Price meets Bishop Bullen Dolli

In Seminary at Yale Divinity School

2000-02-18 10:36:20

Episcopal Church of Sudan elects Archbishop Marona

The General Synod of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) on February 14, 2000 elected Bishop Joseph Marona as the third Archbishop of the ECS. He succeeds Archbishop Benjamina Wani Yugusuk who retired on February 28, 1998. Archbishop Marona will be enthroned in Juba, the headquarters of ECS, on 30 April 2000. The post had been vacant for two years-largely as a consequence of the devastating civil war, which is estimated to have cost over a million lives and left several million people homeless and destitute.

2000-05-01 10:36:20

Archbishop of Canterbury's Sermon in Juba, Sudan

I know that for long periods of your recent history, you have felt abandoned, alone, unloved by the rest of the world. I do not think that has ever been the case. But I do understand how, when many have lived your daily lives in fear of violence oppression and arrest, the love and prayers of others can seem a great distance away. "However, there has been a distinct growth of concern in the international community about the persistence of war in Sudan, and the lack of energy amongst those who are fighting, seriously, to search for peace. There are now many around the world who are determined to support the peace process". In a sermon in the southern Sudanese city of Juba on Sunday morning, Dr Carey called for misconceptions and misunderstandings to be put aside in the interests of peace and reconciliation. "Some people in the West paint the conflict in Sudan as one between Christianity and Islam" he said. "Some in this country claim that Islam is the indigenous faith of Sudan and Christianity is a western import. Neither view is true. "I do not believe there is any reason either here in Sudan or anywhere else in the world for Christians and Muslims to commit violence against one another. There is every reason to hold one another's faith in the deepest respect. And even more reason to discover common ground upon which together you can contribute to the peace process here. The suffering, the poverty the effects of war do not differentiate between religions. All the people of this beautiful country are suffering and all deserve peace." Dr Carey, who is President of the world-wide Anglican Communion, was guest of honour at the enthronement in Juba of the new Anglican Archbishop of Sudan, the Most Reverend Joseph Marona. He described it as the opening of a new chapter in the history of the Church in Sudan.

2001-09-06 11:01:14

Danforth appointed US special envoy

On September 6, 2001, President Bush appointed the Honorable and Reverend John Danforth as Special Envoy for Peace to Sudan in northern Africa, representing the U.S. government in ongoing peace talks to help settle the 17 year old civil war between the northern and southern Sudanese.

2002-02-19 10:36:20

Sudan's Supreme Court blocks execution of Christian woman

Under intense pressure from the international community, Sudan's Supreme Court has overturned a sentence imposed under Islamic law on a Christian woman calling for her to be stoned to death for adultery. Non-governmental agencies, including Human Rights Watch, called on Sudan's president and members of the government to save the life of Abok Alfa Akok. She is a Christian who is a member of the Dinka tribe and was sentenced by a court under Shari'ah law imposed by Islamic authorities in Sudan's South Darfur province. The law is being applied to all residents in the northern states, regardless of their religion. Sudan has been enduring civil war between the northern Muslim government in Khartoum and rebels in the mainly Christian and animist south since independence in 1956.

2002-05-23 10:36:20

Danforth's report to President Bush urges international efforts for compromise in Sudan

Former Missouri senator John Danforth has concluded, after two difficult trips to the Sudan as President George W Bush's special envoy, that the United States should support international efforts to push both sides in the civil war towards a compromise. The war between the mostly Christian and animist rebels in the south against the Islamic government centred at Khartoum in the north has claimed 2 million lives. Danforth said that the United States could not serve as an effective broker in ending the 18-year war but should lend support to countries that have been working for some kind of resolution.

2002-06-18 11:01:14

ECS Archbishop Marona crosses Nuba mountains to frontline

Archbishop Joseph Marona has just returned from a demanding two-week pastoral visit up in the Nuba Mountains. The Archbishop’s visit crossed the military front-line under the terms of the local cease-fire agreed earlier in the year and involved strenuous climbs to remote church centres.

2002-10-29 10:36:20

President Bush signs Sudan peace legislation

Representatives of the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations were present October 21 when President George W. Bush signed into law a bill designed to pressure Sudan's Islamic government to end its military campaign against Christians, animists and moderate Muslims in the country's central and southern regions. The bill, called the Sudan Peace Act, threatens sanctions if the Sudanese government doesn't negotiate in good faith with the opposition. The Sudan Peace Act represents a compromise from an earlier version, whose provision to bar companies from being listed on U.S. stock exchanges if they participate in oil development in Sudan, opposed by the Bush administration, was stripped from the final version. The compromise bill identified peace talks as the best opportunity to promote a "negotiated, peaceful settlement to the war in Sudan" and "commends the efforts of the Special Presidential Envoy to Sudan, Senator John Danforth, and his team in working to assist the parties to the conflict in Sudan in finding a just, permanent peace to the conflict in Sudan." Danforth is an Episcopal priest.

2002-10-29 10:36:20

Bishop Bullen Dolli visits CSMSG

Church of St. Michael and St. George in Clayton. Need date/details

2003-04-01 10:36:20

Trip to Lui

Rob Price takes Tammy King, Steve Davis, Sarah Stanege, Peggy Harris and Debbie Smith to Lui, 1st Missouri trip via Nairobi

2004-01-01 10:36:20

Diocese begins thinking about relationship with Lui Sudan

Companion diocese committee of the Diocese of Missouri begins to convert relationship from Puerto Rico to Lui

2004-01-01 10:36:20

Trip to Lui

Tammy K, Steve D, Skip C, Sandy C, Rob Price

2005-01-01 10:36:20

Trip to Lui

Trip: Susan Naylor, Mike K. Reynolds, Emily Bloemker, Lisa Schroeder, Bishop Smith, Peggy Harris.

2005-01-01 11:01:14

Dokolo ordained priest

need date

2005-01-09 10:36:20

CPA signed

a set of agreements culminating in January 2005 that were signed between the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the Government of Sudan. The CPA was meant to end the Second Sudanese Civil War, develop democratic governance countrywide and share oil revenues. It further set a timetable by which Southern Sudan would have a referendum on its independence.

2005-11-18 11:01:14

Convention approves covenant: Diocese of Missouri votes for Lui relationship

BE IT RESOLVED that this 166th Convention of the Diocese of Missouri endorses entering into a Covenant of Companion Relationship between this diocese and the Diocese of Lui, beginning November 2005 and continuing until November 2010 or terminated by mutual consent; and be it further RESOLVED, that the Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith be empowered to set up a representative Companion Relationship Commission to implement this relationship, including the recruitment of persons and congregations in the diocese to participate in this relationship.

2005-11-30 11:01:14

6 months stay: Deb Goldfeder, RN, in Lui

In September 2004, Bishop Bullen Dolli came to Missouri from the Diocese of Lui, Sudan. He was available to preach at our church (Church of the Advent, Crestwood, Missouri) on one Sunday so I volunteered to drive him. He learned that I am a nurse with a divinity degree. I learned of the needs of the people of Lui. His invitation to me came via the Bishop of Missouri at our cathedral eight months later. We were there for confirmation. The psalm that day talked of other trees planted by streams of water which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither (Psalm 1). The tree by the cathedral in Lui has survived bombs and droughts but continues to flourish. May we be like that tree.

2006-02-01 11:01:14

Dokolo in Uganda

Enter story info here

2006-02-21 11:01:14

Trip to Archdeaconries

Team from Missouri: Rick Kuhn, Lisan Fox, Bob Towner, Sandy Coburn. Assesses needs as stated by the 7 archdeaconries of Lui Diocese

2006-03-01 11:01:14

Dokolo accepted Eden Seminary in St. Louis

Will begin a two year Master of Divinity study.

2006-04-01 11:01:14

Trip to sign covenant

Traveling from Missouri: Bishop Wayne Smith, Canon to the Ordinary Dan Smith, Ida Early, Anne Kelsey

2006-04-01 11:01:14

Dokolo at ITM

It takes a Miracle, Tennessee

2007-01-03 11:01:14

Dokolo arrives Eden Seminary

Enter story info here

2007-04-13 11:01:14

AFRECS meets in St Louis

Over 100 members and partners of the American Friends of the Episcopal Church in Sudan attend the 3rd annual AFRECS conference held in St. Louis at Christ Church Cathedral.

2007-05-01 10:36:20

First 3 wells dug

Three deep water bore holes dug. The plan is for wells for each archdeaconry.

2007-09-22 10:36:20

Trinity St. Charles fundraiser for bikes

Touched by hearing Bishop Bullen Dolli, the youth of Trinity Church St. Charles will hold a bike a thon to raise money for bikes for pastors in Lui

2008-04-22 10:36:20

Sudan's New Primate, Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul enthroned in Juba Cathedral

Amid joyful celebration and colourful ceremony, the Most Revd Daniel Deng Bul was enthroned April 20 as the fourth primate of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS) at All Saints Cathedral in Juba.

2008-05-01 10:36:20

Abp Daniel preaches at Advent Church, Crestwood

Ascension Day - The Most Rev'd Daniel, Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan - preaches at Episcopal Church of the Advent's annual joint Ascension Day service with St. Thomas/Holy Spirit ELCA First Reading: Acts 1:1-11 Psalm 93 Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23 Gospel: Luke 24:44-53 Sermon (The Most Rev'd Daniel, Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of Sudan)

2008-05-01 10:36:20

120K raised-Waters of Hope

Inaugural ride of bicyclists around the Diocese of Nebraska to raise funds and awareness of water needs in Swaziland and Sudan. Conceived by Mitch Smith, priest in Nebraska diocese and also son of Missouri's Canon to the Ordinary Dan Smith. Mizzou Campus Chaplain Joe Chambers participates and organizes the 2009 trip through Missouri.

2008-05-04 10:36:20

Abp Daniel preaches at Trinity CWE

Newly consecrated Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul preaches at Trinity Episcopal Church in the Central West End, St. Louis, Diocese of Missouri

2008-05-20 10:36:20

Second 3 wells dug

Now a total of six.

2008-07-16 10:36:20

Bp Smith at Lambeth

The Lambeth Conference is one of the global Anglican Communion's Instruments of Communion. It takes place every ten years at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is the one occasion when all bishops can meet for worship, study and conversation. Archbishops, diocesan, assistant and suffragan bishops are invited, over 800 attended.

2008-07-16 10:36:20

ABP Daniel at Lambeth

The Lambeth Conference is one of the global Anglican Communion's Instruments of Communion. It takes place every ten years at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is the one occasion when all bishops can meet for worship, study and conversation. Archbishops, diocesan, assistant and suffragan bishops are invited, over 800 attended.

2008-07-22 10:36:20

Daniel's media storm

Archbishop Daniel on the second day of Lambeth makes a statement to the media regarding TEC and the ordination of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire.

2008-11-20 10:36:20

Vote to break with Lui not passed at diocesan convention

This amended resolution did pass the diocesan convention: Resolution C-169: Relationship with Diocese of Lui, Submitted by the Vestry of the Church of the Advent, Crestwood BE IT RESOLVED that this 169th Convention of the Diocese of Missouri affirms its commitment to work toward the inclusion of all the baptized, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, in the whole sacramental life of the Episcopal Church. We also affirm our commitment to strengthening relationships among the Churches of the Anglican Communion, and therefore, despite the sometimes painful differences with Archbishop Daniel of Sudan in our understandings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, resolve to renew and strengthen our relationship with the Diocese of Lui so that each may come to a better understanding of the other.

2008-12-16 10:36:20

Trip to Lui

Joe Chambers, Emily Bloemker, Dan Handschy, Debbie Smith, Robert Franken, Nancy Kinney, Tammy King, Deborah Goldfeder

2009-05-17 10:36:20

Trip to Lui

Debbie Smith, Jim Heinrichs, Mary Seager

2009-05-25 10:36:20

47K raised Waters of Hope across Missouri diocese

650 miles around eastern Missouri, 7 days, 18 parishes.

2009-07-03 10:36:20

Now it's 9: 3 more wells dug

Enter story info here

2009-09-07 00:21:15

Blackmore Vale Deanery, Salisbury, votes to join companion partnership with Diocese of Missouri and Lui

Debra Smith: Tonight I went to the deanery synod meeting of Blackmore Vale deanery in Dorset, part of the English Diocese of Salisbury, where I had the joy of witnessing their unanimous vote to join with the Diocese of Missouri and the Diocese of Lui in a three-way relationship.

2009-09-18 10:36:20

Retired Archbishop Marona dies

On the evening of Friday 18th September 2009, former Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan and Bishop of Juba, Dr. Joseph Marona, passed away at a relative's home in Khartoum, Sudan.

2009-11-28 04:55:18

Dokolo returns to Lui diocese

The Rev. Stephen Dokolo returns to work in Lui diocese after receiving a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Seminary in St. Louis.

2009-11-29 10:36:20

Trip to Lui

Bishop Wayne Smith, Debbie Smith, Dan Handschy, Deborah Goldfeder, Susan Naylor, Sam Christy, Marc Vanacht, Anne Kelsey, Anne Powell (UK), Warren Ingram-Barrows (UK)

2010-01-08 10:36:20

Vigil during Referendum

Prayer vigil during the referndum in Sudan. The vote to become an independent nation scheduled for April 2010.

2010-01-09 10:36:20

Referendum voting in Sudan

Southerners vote whether or not to become hold a referendum to determine if they will vote to become an independent nation. The vote was scheduled for April 2010.

2010-04-08 10:36:20

Luinetwork begun

A group blog for all mission partners debuts at

2010-04-10 10:36:20

Eucharist, Prayer service, vigil

Through the time of elections in Sudan. Sudan’s history is complex, and Sudanese of all political persuasions are preparing for these elections, the first democratically held in twenty four years. You may recall Bishop Bullen’s stories about the second civil war, and the loss and faith of that time when we entered our relationship with Lui Diocese. The North/South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005 ended Sudan’s 22-year long civil war between north and south, in which an estimated two million people died. The treaty was a triumph for the government of Sudan and the people of the south, with some autonomy to south Sudan and division of wealth and political power between the two regions within a unified Sudan. The Rev. Canon John Danforth, former Senator from Missouri, was the Special Envoy for Peace in Sudan that helped broker the treaty. The CPA called for these elections in preparation for next year’s referendum (2011) in which southerners will decide between secession or unity with the north.

2010-04-10 10:36:20

World watches Sudanese vote

On 7 February 2011, the referendum commission published the final results, with 98.83% voting in favour of independence. While the ballots are going to be suspended in 10 of the 79 counties for exceeding 100% of the voter turnout, the number of votes are still well over the requirement of 60% turnout, and the majority vote for secession is not in question. The predetermined date for the creation of an independent state was 9 July 2011.

2010-10-26 11:01:14

Bishop Bullen taken to Juba

We learned that Bishop Bullen is ill and staying in Juba for medical treatment and pray for him.

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