This media release from the meeting of Provincial Synod was issued on 1 October 2013
Anglican Church Honours its Dead
Silence was observed at the opening service of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) Provincial Synod this afternoon, for the Cape Town businessman killed in last month’s terrorist attacks at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall.
The Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town, invited the 300 Synod members and guests to observe a time of silence in remembrance of Mr James Thomas, who was due to have attended the Synod meeting as a delegate of the Diocese of Cape Town. He asked for prayers for Mr Thomas’ widow Colleen and family, as the funeral is held on 2 October.
Throughout the meeting of Synod, Mr Thomas’ empty place will be marked by his name plate, flowers and a candle.
The Synod also observed silence in memory of former Archbishop Philip Russell who died in July. Archbishop Emeritus Russell headed the Anglican Church of Southern Africa from 1980 to 1986. Archbishop Makgoba described him as a ‘passionate, compassionate, unsung hero’ of his Church.
Issued by the Office of the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
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