Rev Dr Vinay Samuel Founder and past Executive Director of Oxford Centre of Mission Studies
Rev. Samuel is recognized internationally as a missiologist and theologian. Dr. Samuel’s commitment to equipping leadership in the field of development has grown into the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS), a training center for mission practitioners form the Global South.
§ At the launch of the FCA South Africa, Canon Dr Vinay Samuel of India told participants:
“Can you bring the biblical resources of faith to shape the heart of South Africa’s agenda. Will its agenda be shaped by simply an ideology of rights and use the iconic status of leaders such as Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela to silence any other view? That is not a great gift to the world from South Africa. You will draw on the best of South Africa’s journey of social transformation. But you are called to the prophetic stance of the obedient disciple, rather than the stance of political people who have become messianic with the new universal of human rights which is now being imposed, claiming that these rights are self-evident –and if the Bible teaches anything different it is to be rejected. They own the Bible, and claim the Holy Spirit, for the service of this ideology. That is based on power, not on obedience.”
Rev Dr Chris Sugden Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream
The Jerusalem declaration and statement restates what the Anglican church has always affirmed. Its importance for Anglicans is summed up by the many who said that Gafcon Jerusalem 2008 was one of the most significant weeks of their lives, the most fulfilling Anglican Conference they had attended, and where they discovered the reality of the global Anglican fellowship, united in seeking to live in obedience to the Bible.
Dermot O’Callaghan. Member of General Synod of the Church of Ireland.
In an open letter to the archbishops and bishops of the Church of Ireland, one of the Church’s leading evangelical laymen, Dermot O’Callaghan, has expressed criticism of the approach taken by Christian Aid in respect of HIV/ AIDS prevention.
Mr O’Callaghan, who has been both a lay reader in the Diocese of Down and a member of General Synod for over 30 years, refers to his recent letters to the Gazette on combating AIDS.
In one of those letters, Mr O’Callaghan criticised the approach of Christian Aid to the ‘SAVE’ strategy to HIV/AIDS, suggesting that this method had abandoned moral responsibility in favour of political correctness, and advocating that the older ‘ABC’ method was a more effective strategy for HIV prevention.
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