The newest edition of Anglican World magazine goes out this week, with features on churches around the communion working to tackle hardship, disease, injustice and homelessness.
It includes a focus on Fiji and how the church has been standing alongside those affected by Cyclone Winston, which hit the region in February killing 44 people and leaving hundreds homeless.
Chief Executive Officer of the Anglican Missions Board, the Revd Canon Robert Kereopa explains how a three-phased emergency plan is being rolled out with temporary shelters and trauma counselling for post-cyclone communities .
Writing in the magazine, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, said, “Wherever we are, God calls us to be an active part of his family making a difference through out prayers and actions… across the Anglican Communion we have enormous opportunities to show God’s love in practical ways and see lives transformed.”
Ways to help the church be more inclusive of people with disabilities features in an article about a workshop in Rwanda for representatives from East and Central Africa. Anglican Alliance Relief and Progammes Manager, Dr Janice Proud helped organize the event. “People with disabilities make up 20% of the poorest of the poor… The most amazing thing for me was how those gathered for the workshop seemed to already be aware that they were not reaching people with disability in their work, and they were ready to explore how to adapt their practice and resources to ensure that it was sensitive to and inclusive of people with disabilities,” she said.
This issue also includes a story from Athens about how churches in the city have come together in response to the migrant crisis, supporting vulnerable families with advice and basic supplies.
While other features include the church response to a deadly virus, looking at Ebola in Africa and Zika in South America and an item from Cyprus about how people are making new spiritual journeys on an island steeped in Christian history and tradition.