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New C of E leadership programme for heads of Multi-Academy Trusts

New leadership development programme launched

A leadership development programme for Chief Executives of Multi Academy Trusts has been launched drawing on expertise from the Church of England, academia and the City.


The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership programme for Chief Executives of Multi-Academy Trusts will be delivered in partnership with UCL Institute of Education, working with Deloitte.


The programme has been shaped to draw on the Church of England's involvement in education over 200 years, to include UCL IOE's deep expertise across the education system, including academies and leadership, and to learn from Deloitte's business knowledge and practical experience of working in the education sector. There will be input from leading experts and practitioners from education as well as learning from wider sectors.


The programme will be targeted at existing or aspiring CEOs from Church of England Diocesan MATs, MATs led by Church of England schools and those that include Church of England schools.


The Church of England recently launched its vision for education, which will feature heavily in the programme, informing sessions on strategic leadership, finance, marketing and school improvement. Speaking about the programme, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England Rev. Nigel Genders said: "The leaders of Multi-Academy Trusts are going to be absolutely crucial strategic figures for the future of our education system."


Responding Well to Domestic Abuse: Policy and Practice Guidance


Church communities are being urged to address the issue of domestic abuse and raise awareness of its impact on adults and children.


The updated practice guidance and policy from the House of Bishops, recently published by the Church of England, encourages churches to become places of safety where domestic abuse is taken seriously, survivors are believed and respected, and alleged or known perpetrators challenged. The updated document reflects legislative and other changes since the 2006 guidance.


Under the policy, Church leaders and Officers working with children, young people and vulnerable adults will be expected to undergo domestic abuse training with the issue being raised in appropriate contexts within church life including youth groups, marriage preparation and ordinand training. They will also be expected to work closely with statutory and other specialist organisations.


Also published recently is the new House of Bishops Promoting a Safer Church statement which sets out the Church's commitment to making the church a safer place for all. This is a standalone policy statement, which was previously part of a wider document. Updated practical guidance to support this will be published later in the year. This policy and guidance applies to all Church bodies and officers and under new legislation all authorised clergy, bishops, archdeacons, licensed readers and lay workers, churchwardens and PCCs must have 'due regard' to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops.


The Archbishop of Canterbury's Just Finance Foundation

The Just Finance Foundation (JFF) will oversee and continue the programmes previously initiated by the Archbishop's Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings in partnership with the Church Urban Fund. The Just Finance Foundation has three key areas of work:


Promoting saving though the LifeSavers programme working in primary schools.

Through the Just Finance Network, building money skills, increasing the quality of low-cost credit where people need small loans and offering specific support for those in crisis.


Encouraging a wider debate about money and its place in our lives, building on the Archbishop of Canterbury's concerns about the responsible use of money.


Rowena Young has just joined the Just Finance Foundation from the Young Foundation where she was Director of Health and Education. She will be based out of the London offices of the Church Urban Fund.
Commenting on her appointment as the charity's first Executive Director, Rowena Young said: "The Just Finance Foundation is being established at an extraordinary point in time, when both more people are struggling to make ends meet and there is more recognition we need to change the conditions so that prudent financial management pays. With its combination of ethics and pragmatism, and a phenomenal network of Church members in communities across England, the JFF brings powerful new assets to the cause and I feel inspired by their example to make long-term change." 


Progress report on safeguarding


The Church of England's National Safeguarding Team has recently published a progress report, one year on from the Elliott Review, which recommended a range of safeguarding proposals for the Church, particularly in the areas of handling disclosures and accountability.

The Church has said it was fully committed to strengthening the training for handling disclosures with a bespoke module for bishops and senior church staff; an independent audit of safeguarding in all dioceses, due to be completed at the end of the year; and further plans to work more closely with survivors, to learn from their experience.


New Director for the Anglican Centre, Rome


The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome have recently announced the appointment of Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, Primate of the Anglican Church of Burundi from 2005 until 2016, as the Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.   He succeeds Archbishop David Moxon who retires in June.


Born in 1948, Archbishop Ntahoturi grew up in a small village in Matana, Southern Burundi, the son of a poor farming family.   After training at Bishop Tucker Theological College in Mukono, Uganda, he was ordained in 1973.  He came to England to further his theological training at Ridley Hall and St John’s in Cambridge,  and then at Lincoln College, Oxford. 


After his studies, he returned to Burundi  where he joined the civil service,  becoming chief of staff to President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza.  After the overthrowing of President Bagaza in 1987, in a military coup, he was jailed from 1987 to 1990. 


In 1992, he became Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church of Burundi until 1997. In 1997, Bernard Ntahoturi was consecrated Bishop of Matana Diocese and became Archbishop Primate of the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi in 2005.


Archbishop Ntahoturi has served as chair of the Council of Anglican provinces in Africa from 2011-2016, and as a member of the Anglican Consultative Council Standing Committee from ACC  9-ACC 11 (1993-2012). 


Archbishop Ntahoturi has been active in seeking peace in war-torn Burundi and the great Lakes region of Africa, and has represented the protestant churches of Burundi during the peace and reconciliation negotiations in Tanzania, which were instrumental in bringing peace to Burundi.


100th anniversary for Episcopal Church in Yei


The Episcopal Church in Yei, South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.  It was in 1917 that the Rev Canon Paul Gibson travelled to Yei to begin a church planting ministry. From these humble beginnings grew the present day Yei, Kajo-keji, Lainya, Morobo and Panyana dioceses of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan.


Until mid-2016 Yei had been spared much of the ethnic tensions in the country, but by August 2016 the situation reversed and Yei has been a focus of conflict, with the town largely cut off by road and with a substantial portion of the population – up to 50,000 people – migrating to refugee camps in Uganda.


Indian Christians are targets of hate crimes


At least 15 believers assaulted – including two women beaten by their husbands; two church meetings and two marriage services disrupted; several church buildings vandalised and looted; a Christian orphanage shut down by police for “child trafficking”; pastors threated; a peace gathering attacked by a mob.  Such was the litany of frequently violent persecution experienced by Indian Christians at the hands of Hindus in a single month: February 2017.


The Evangelical Fellowship of India reports that Indian believers are living on the persecution front line in a country where they are supposed to be protected. 



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