The first recipients of a new set of non-academic awards for outstanding service to the church were recognised in a ceremony at Lambeth Palace yesterday.
Archbishop Justin Welby gave out the new awards, which recognise outstanding service in different fields.
Opening the ceremony, the Archbishop explained why he wished to give these awards. "The first reason is that I want people who make outstanding contributions through their engagement with the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion to know that they are recognised. Of course I know that none of you here today have done what you have done with any thought of public recognition. Nevertheless I hope you will allow the Church to honour you in the way. "The second reason for giving awards is to point the Church at large and the world at large at examples of lives and actions which embody our beliefs and values. St Francis of Assisi is often quoted as saying, “Preach the Gospel always: when necessary, use words.” Your actions and your lives speak volumes.”
Bishop Tony accepted The Cross of St Augustine for Services to the Anglican Communion on behalf of Bishop Hilkiah. The award will be presented later this week to Bishop Hilkiah in Musuma by Battyeford parishioners Bill and Maureen when they begin a 7 week trip to the Diocese of Mara.
Our diocesan link with Mara began in 1988. There have been many visits in both directions. Many parishes pray for their link church every Sunday. Schools exchange letters and photos and learn about each other. Clergy training is supported, and agricultural projects are funded. This blog, written by different people, will keep us up to date with life in Tanzania, our relationship with one another, and events happening locally to support our links.