Last year in 2021 the Diocesan Overseas Committee (DOC) reviewed its work with its overseas link partners.
For many years, the Diocese of Chichester has enjoyed Companion Links with six dioceses covering nine countries. In West Africa since 1965 and Kenya since 1967.
This partnership that has been transformative and life-enhancing for many, has provided the privilege of experiencing how African Christians live in very different circumstances to those of us living in the West.
What are the links about?
In essence the links are about companionship, about praying for and learning from each other and meeting each other when possible.
Historically the DOC has principally supported ministry, whilst receiving a wide range of other requests including for building and income-supporting projects, or the costs of enthronements for example.
In attempting to support such a large number of dioceses spread over so many countries, and recognising the limitations implicit for a diocese rather than a parish, and aware of the fruitful partnerships that many parishes enjoy already, the DOC agreed to concentrate on three particular areas:
- BURSARIES: The primary focus to be on equipping future Christian leaders, by granting bursaries for Theological College,principally but not wholly Ordinands; including the provision of resources that will enable the development of their ministries.
- FRIENDSHIP: to build, foster and develop relationships with those in Christian work, as an aid to prayer and support.
- Diocesan CLERGY: Some training curates to be offered the opportunity to gain overseas experience of the Anglican Communion, or to visit the Holy Land. Applications also considered from clergy on EMDL, especially where their plans relate to our link dioceses.
The DOC has access to four funds, some of which are restricted to particular areas or type of potential support.In addition, there is usually an annual Harvest Appeal.
Current Student Support:
- Six young men and women are being supported in training (both full-time and part-time) at three different colleges in Kenya:
- One student from the Diocese is training with Crosslinks in South Africa.
Other requests may be considered: for instance, in 2021 theological books were sent to a college in Nairobi.
Generally, however, the DOC consider that building projects and income-generating projects are best supported by individual parishes. Similarly, schools are best supported by individual schools or parishes.
If your parish would like to consider supporting a parish or school in one of our link dioceses, please let us know. Contact The Revd James Campbell Companion Links Officer.
Who are we linked with?
The West African Dioceses
Six dioceses covering nine countries:
The Diocese of The Gambia covers three countries of The Gambia, Senegal and the Cape Verde Islands. The Cathedral is in Banjul in The Gambia.
The Diocese of Guinea covers the countries of Guinea, also known as Guinea Conakry and Guinea-Bissau.The Cathedral is in Conakry.
The Diocese of Freetown covers the Northern and Western half of Sierra Leone. The Cathedral is in Freetown.
The Diocese of Bo covers the Southern and Eastern half of Sierra Leone. The Cathedral is in Bo.
The Diocese of Liberia covers the country of Liberia.The Cathedral is in Monrovia.
The Diocese of Cameroon covers the country of Cameroon.The Cathedral is in Douala.
The Eastern African Dioceses
All the dioceses are in the Rift Valley within Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK); formerly there were three dioceses, now five:
The Diocese of Nakuru
The Diocese of Nyahururu
The Diocese of Kericho
The Diocese of Baringo
The Diocese of Maralal