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Church of Ireland and Southern African ordinands meet virtually…


On Monday 31st May, ordinands from the Church of Ireland Theological Institute (CITI) took part in a virtual meeting with fellow ordinands from the College of the Transfiguration (COTT), Grahamstown, South Africa, which is the provincial training centre for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. 

The meeting, which was co–chaired by CITI 2nd Year ordinand Philip McKinley and COTT 4th year ordinand Ntswele Molefi, provided an opportunity for students and staff to ask questions of one another’s training requirements and differences in cultural contexts. There was even time to sing one another’s rugby anthems.

The students were accompanied by Revd Dr Simon Tibbs, Lecturer in Anglicanism, Liturgy and Church History from COTT and Dr Bridget Nichols, Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy from CITI. Dr Nichols grew up in South Africa and is also an external examiner for the College of the Transfiguration. 

It is hoped that the meeting could lead to deeper connections between the two institutions, especially in advance of Lambeth 2022 when Anglicans around the world are encouraged to renew their connections with one another.

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa is ten times larger in membership than the Church of Ireland. The majority of its four million members live in South Africa, but Dioceses also stretch across Mozambique, Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland (ESwatini) and Saint Helena.

For further information on the College of the Transfiguration in South Africa see https://cott.co.za.