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We are Anglicans

Welcome to the web site of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa - situated on the southern tip of Africa. This Province was formerly known as the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (CPSA). The Second Reading of the resolution to change the name of the Church was heard and approved at the Provincial Synod held on 8th and 9th September 2006.

The Anglican Church in this Province was established in 1870 when its first Provincial Synod was held in Cape Town. It has grown over the years and now has 25 dioceses, found in the countries of Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mocambique, Namibia, South Africa and the island of St Helena (South Atlantic Island). It has a diverse membership of approximately 3 Ė 4 million people, speaking many languages and representing many cultures and races. In 1989 the Church produced its new An Anglican Prayer Book, 1989 which was simultaneously published in 6 languages. Today it is available in 9 of the languages spoken in these regions.

The Archbishop is the Most Reverend Thabo Cecil Makgoba, who is also Bishop of Cape Town. There are currently 29 bishops, approx. 2000 clergy who minister in about 1000 parishes.

There are many challenges and opportunities for ministry in this Province. For example, the new democracy in South Africa after many years of oppression under the policy of apartheid, in the rebuilding of Angola and Mocambique after many years of civil war, the pandemic of HIV & AIDS affecting many of its members, poverty eradication, environmental issues, etc.

Archbishop Thabo Cecil Makgoba

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Installation of Archbishop Thabo Cecil Makgoba
St George's Cathedral, Cape Town, on Sunday March 30

Vision Statement

The Anglican community in Southern Africa seeks to be:
Anchored in the love of Christ,
Committed to God's Mission,
Transformed by the Holy Spirit.

Mission Statement

Across the diverse countries and cultures of our region, we seek:

  • To honour God in worship that feeds and empowers us for faithful witness and service
  • To embody and proclaim the message of Godís redemptive hope and healing for people and creation
  • To grow communities of faith that form, inform, and transform those who fellow Christ

And, to Commit ACSA at Provincial level to the following priorities:

  • Liturgical renewal for transformative worship
  • Theological education
  • Leadership formation
  • Health: HIV and AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis
  • The environment
  • Women and gender
  • Protection and nurture of children and young people
  • Public advocacy
Author: ACSA - Vision Statement approved Provincial Synod 2010

Growing the Church

Anglican Students Federation

ACSA Environmental Network

Fikelela

Hope Africa

Anglican AIDs

Anglican Youth of Southern Africa
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