Chapter 11 South Sudan: Birth and New Life

In: Nourishing Mission
Graham Kings
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The Diocese of Salisbury, where I served as Bishop of Sherborne, had a long-term link with the Episcopal Church of Sudan. This chapter combines two articles on South Sudan. The first, published in The Guardian, describes the birth of the nation which I witnessed in 2011. It provides background on the civil wars, a description of the Independence Day ceremony, and comments on the speeches cathedral services. It ruminates on the themes of exodus, exile and Psalm 124. The second, published in The Times, portrays my visit to Malakal in the north of South Sudan in 2013 to lead a clergy refresher course. It includes descriptions of role playing New Testament passages as well as reflections on the global South and its influence in the Anglican Communion.

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