NCLF Condemns Brutal Killing of Drummer Lee Rigby

PRESS RELEASE
Statement for immediate release
24th May 2013

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We offer our deep sympathy to the family and friends of Army Drummer Lee Rigby who was so brutally murdered in Woolwich on Wednesday 22 May 2013. We stand in prayerful solidarity with them at this time as they mourn the loss of a son, husband, father, friend and servant of our country.

This act of barbarism has shocked the local community and the nation. We condemn it in the strongest terms as something that has no place in any civilised society. Those who perpetuate such atrocities forfeit their right to participate in our multicultural and multi-faith community; and they must know they will never be allowed to destroy our hope of a peaceful, prosperous and cohesive United Kingdom and world.

We call upon all sections of our community to remain calm and continue to work together to ensure our communities remain safe places for all our citizens, especially our children and grandchildren.

Going forward our country faces major challenges in supporting our youths to resist radicalized ideologies that feed local and global terror practiced by those willing to die for what they misguidedly believe.
It is our hope and prayer that all faith and community leaders will increase their efforts to ensure that every local community remains united in peace and good will.

Ends.

National Church Leaders Forum – A Black Christian Voice, Steering Group
Pastor Ade Amooba, Co-Chair
Dr David Muir, Co-Chair
Pastor Modupe Afolabi
Dr Joe Aldred
Pastor Celia Appiagyei-Collins
Ms Dionne Gravesande
Dr Michel Sacramento
Pastor Yisuku Tito

Contact:
Pastor Ade Amooba: 07956 007150
Dr David Muir: 07530 780110

Note:
The National Church Leaders Forum– A Black Christian Voice (NCLF) represents the interests, concerns and aspirations of the African and Caribbean churches in the UK, conservatively estimated to be 250,000 members.NCLF Logo

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NCLF : NEWS UPDATE – THE POPE RESIGNS

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Here is Pope Benedict’s resignation statement in full:

Dear Brothers,
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.

However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

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Leaders of Britain’s Black Majority churches urge the government to rethink its same-sex proposals

NATIONAL CHURCH LEADERS FORUM

PRESS RELEASE

Statement for immediate release

5 February 2013

 

Leaders of Britain’s Black Majority churches urge
the government to rethink its same-sex proposals

On the day of the government’s second reading of the bill in Parliament to redefine marriage, leaders of Black Majority churches warn of the dangers and unintended consequences in such a move. Black church leaders reaffirm their understanding and commitment to marriage as a lifelong partnership of a man and a woman. Marriage, they argue, is foundational to society’s well-being and children flourish best in loving, stable, heterosexual relationships.

Bishop Eric Brown, presiding bishop of the New Testament Church of God says: “Marriage is important in our society. It is a foundational institution for nurturing and bringing up children in a balanced home context. I believe we will serve the interests of future generations well by maintaining the understanding that marriage is between a man and a woman. The government needs to think long and hard before it embarks on redefining this historic institution. The proposal to allow same sex marriage in the name of equality is both dangerous and damaging with serious social and moral implications. I urge them to rethink the proposal.”

Bishop Wilton Powell, presiding bishop of the Church of God of Prophecy expresses concern about some of the wider implications of the government’s intention in moving away from the traditional and cultural meaning of marriage: “The attempt to redefine marriage—the move to include same sex couples in the definition— is an ill-advised departure from both our cultural and Christian understanding of marriage. This move is bound to have serious unintended consequences, especially for those who consciously adhere to the historic Christian view that marriage is between a man and a woman. People who work in our churches, schools and other public institutions may find themselves discriminated against because they disagree with the government’s new definition of marriage.”

Leaders of Black Majority churches encourage their members to pray that the government will reconsider this proposal and that the voices of opposition inside and outside Parliament will be listened to.

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Notes for editors:

  1. The National Church Leaders Forum (NCLF) represents the concerns of leaders and members of African and Caribbean churches in the UK. It is supported by key church and denominational leaders, including, Rev Father Olu Abiola, Special Apostle John Adegoke, Bishop Doye Agama, Rev Esme Beswick, Bishop Alvin Blake, Bishop Eric Brown, Rev Celia Appiagyei-Collins, Bishop John Francis, Bishop Paul Hackman, Pastor Agu Irukwu, Bishop-elect Delroy Powell, Bishop Wilton Powell, Dr Michel Sacramento, Rev Nezlin Sterling, Pastor Ian Sweeney, Apostle Alfred Williams

2,   Media inquiries: Bishop Eric Brown 01604 824222
Bishop Wilton Powell 0121 3582231.

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Black Church Political Manifesto – QUESTIONNAIRE

Black Church Manifesto v2

Church Manifesto Questionnaire (NCLF Jan2013). docx

Black Church Political Mobilisation

Manifesto for Action

The National Church Leaders Forum (NCLF)[1] had its first meeting at Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in May 2011 and was attended by key leaders of the African and Caribbean churches in the UK. Its main purpose was to look at how African and Caribbean churches effectively serve their communities and the wider society, especially how it engages with political issues and policy makers.

Purpose of the Questionnaire:

The purpose of the questionnaire is to elicit the views and opinions of African and Caribbean pastors and leaders on a range of social and political issues to inform the Black Church Political Mobilisation: A Manifesto for Action. Following a series of consultations last autumn with activists (OBV, London), academics (Queen’s College, Birmingham), church leaders (NTCG Leadership Training Centre, Northampton) and young people (CTE, London) the questionnaire is designed to further canvass the views of the wider church leadership, especially those who were unable to attend the autumn consultations. Responses will be used to inform the draft document and its final recommendations.

This is the first time we are trying to mobilise the African and Caribbean Church constituency in this way to engage with the wider political issues. Therefore, we would like to urge and encourage leaders to complete the Questionnaire so that we, like the men and women of Issachar, can better ‘understand the times’ (1 Chron. 12:32) and what we must do to be ‘salt and light’ (Matt. 5:13-16) in our communities.

All responses will be treated in confidence and in accordance with the standard UK Privacy Regulations and Research Ethics. Anonymity will be guaranteed and permission will be sought from respondents in advance of the circulation of the draft publication.

Please return the completed questionnaire by Friday 22 February 2013

Completed questionnaires and other material should be sent to:

Carole Golden, Churches Together in England, 27 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HH.

Responses and additional material can also be scanned and emailed to: info.nclf@gmail.com

We look forward to receiving your completed questionnaire and would like to thank you in advance.

 NCLF Steering Group:Pastor Ade Omooba, Bishop Dr Joe Aldred, Rev Celia Apeagyei-Collins, Dionne Gravesande, Dr R. David Muir, Pastor Tito Yisuku, Pastor Modupe Afolabi, Dr Michel Sacramento.


[1] NCLF is supported by key church and denominational leaders, including, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo,

Dr Tayo Adeyemi, Rev Kingsley Appiagyei, Pastor Kofi Banful, Rev Esme Beswick, Bishop Eric Brown, Bishop John Francis, Pastor Agu Irukwu, Rev David Shosanya, Bishop Wilton Powell, Apostle Alfred Williams.

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Coptic Orthodox Church releases Bishop’s statement on escalations in Egypt

HisGrace Bishop Angaelos with PM CameronOn the eve of the second anniversary of the January 2011 uprising in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of The Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom issued a statement (via CopticMediaUK.com <http://www.CopticMediaUk.com&gt; ) commenting on the recent escalation of violence against Christians, and calling for direct intervention by the Government of Egypt, leading to social cohesion, saying:

‘Considering the significant sacrifice that has been presented over the past two years, even leading to the loss of life, it is time for Egypt to emerge out of the pattern of discriminatory practice, and take on its new identity of a promised democracy that the January 2011 uprising sought to establish.’

Making reference to attacks on three churches in Egypt within the past two weeks, Bishop Angaelos said:

‘We call for proper investigation into any acts of violence against individuals, groups, or communities, and the protection of places of worship, to ensure that there are no further attacks of this kind.’

Read the full statement via CopticMediaUK.com or click here <http://www.CopticMediaUk.com>

Released January  24th 2013.

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The Bible & Homosexuality – The view of two Steves

Popular Baptist Pastor and Social Activist  Steve Chalke caused a major stir in Christian circles and beyond by declaring his support for same-sex relationships, published in the January issue of Christianity magazine.

Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance responded with a counter statement on the Evangelical Alliance website.

Here is an extract from each Steve:

Steve-ChalkeSTEVE CHALKE:
The government has announced that extending marriage to same sex couples will ensure the ancient institution ‘is relevant to our century’. Marriage, however, predates both state and Church – it belongs to neither of them. All of which means there are some extremely complex and controversial discussions to be had about same-sex marriage – which our society will do well to reflect on before rushing to premature decisions. 

To read the full version of STEVE CHALKE’S view click here

steve clifford EA GDSTEVE CLIFFORD:
Steve Chalke is a friend of mine. We go back many years. I am convinced that when the history of the Church in the UK is written, Steve’s contribution over the last 25 years will be recognised as profoundly significant. So with this as a backdrop I am writing my response to Steve’s article in Christianitymagazine. While I understand and respect Steve’s pastoral motivations, I believe the conclusions he has come to on same-sex relationships are wrong.

To read the full version STEVE CLIFFORD’S view click here


Further Reading: MARRIAGE & SAME SEX BILL PUBLISHED

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Rev Delroy Powell becomes NTA National Leader

Press Release issued 29th January 2013

New Testament Assembly appoints new National Leader

The New Testament Assembly (UK) a leading Black Majority Church at its recent Annual General Meeting unanimously voted in Revd Delroy Powell as their new national leader. Revd Powell will succeed Bishop David W Greaves who has come to the end of his tenure.

Revd Powell, currently the Senior Pastor at the NTA headquarter church in Tooting, South London will bring to his new role a wealth of experience in church leadership and management having also served as Director and Trustee for various International and National organisations. The 54 year old, husband and father of three grown-up children, hopes to build on the foundation of his predecessors including his late Father Bishop Melvin Powell, who co-founded the organisation in 1961.

Revd Nezlin Sterling the retiring General Secretary of the New Testament Assembly who has worked closely with Revd Powell over a number of years welcome the appointment and had this to say: “Pastor Powell is a reflective and visionary leader who understands contemporary trends and the challenges that the church face in our time. His belief in the redemptive potential of the local church to promote change, spiritually and socially in the life of individuals, families and the community has raised the profile of NTA in recent years and forged new ways of the church working collaboratively with various public agencies”.

Revd Powell is widely respected for his efforts to network across different denominations and resolve to see greater unity in the body of Christ. He is a keen advocate for compassion and justice causes and lends his support to leading charity Christian Aid in raising awareness of the plight of the less privileged. When quizzed about his acceptance of the nomination, Revd Powell said: “It wasn’t an office I desired or was aspiring to but like David in the scriptures, I do sense that there is a cause and a need to step up to the challenge of preserving the spiritual legacy our forebears have entrusted to us. As well as preparing the future generation to navigate the unchartered waters of the times ahead.

“I am humbled by the support and encouragements received from my family, members, and friends beyond our organisation, and ask for your continual prayer”.

The Consecration of Bishop – Elect Revd Powell is due to take place on Saturday 24th August 2013 during the NTA National Conference.

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For further information please contact:

Revd Nezlin J Sterling, International Secretary  

Tel 020 8579 3841; 07970 547 528

The New Testament Assembly was first planted in Jamaica in 1954 and subsequently in England in 1961.We are a charitable organization and a company limited by guarantee. NTA is a member of:

  • Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
  • The Evangelical Alliance
  • Churches Together in England
  • Churches Free Group
  • Christian Aid

The New Testament Assembly is an international organization with 18 churches in England, churches in Jamaica, the USA, Canada, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Ghana, South Africa and is nurturing new plants in Brazil and St Vincent.

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