08 October 2014

West Africa clergy issue Ebola challenge to global Anglicans

Clergy in West Africa have challenged Anglicans worldwide to act to address the Ebola crisis.

The Anglican Diocese of Kumasi, Ghana has issued a statement:

“We challenge the international community to live as their brothers’ keepers. We encourage Anglican Churches or Christian Churches the world over to express their solidarity by observing one Sunday as Ebola Sunday to pray and mobilise resources for the affected areas in the sub-region or West Africa.”

Anglican churches in regions affected by Ebola are beginning to change church practice in an effort to limit the spread of the disease which is deadly in up to 90 per cent of cases. Many Anglicans in West Africa will no longer embrace or shake hands at church services and  will only perform Holy Communion by intinction. The members of the clergy will wear gloves, socks and shoes when visiting the dead or those in hospital; and will wash their hands using running water and hand sanitisers. Transmission of Ebola requires direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or animal.

The Australian Government has warned against travelling to affected regions that currently include Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Donations requested
The Anglican Board of Mission is appealing for donations to help the people of West Africa. The Church is in a good position to assist in the emergency response because its structures and membership go deep into both urban and rural areas. 

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