Episcopal Church of Sudan
|Episcopal Church of Sudan|
|Primate||Daniel Deng Bul|
|Headquarters||Juba, South Sudan|
|Territory||Sudan, South Sudan|
The Episcopal Church of Sudan is a province of the Anglican Communion located in Sudan and South Sudan. The province consists of 31 dioceses, each headed by a bishop. The current archbishop and primate is the Most Rev. Daniel Deng Bul.
The episcopal see of the Archbishop of Sudan is at Juba. The incumbent serves the church as both its Primate and its Metropolitan archbishop and is titled "Archbishop of Sudan, and Bishop of Juba". He represents the province to the rest of the Anglican Communion, and serves on the international Primates' Meeting. In February 2008, the Episcopal Church of Sudan elected Bishop Daniel Deng Bul of the Diocese of Renk to serve as its next archbishop, succeeding Archbishop Joseph Marona, who retired on 31 December 2007 after serving eight years in the office.
The first major Anglican mission in Sudan was founded in Omdurman in 1899, under the auspices of the Church Mission Society. The mission led to widespread conversion to Christianity throughout southern Sudan. Missionary activity came first under the Diocese in Jerusalem, and then, in 1920, as part of the new Diocese of Egypt and the Sudan, with Llewellyn Henry Gwynne as its first bishop. As the pace of growth continued, a separate Diocese of the Sudan was formed with its own bishop in 1945. In 1957, oversight for the Diocese of the Sudan was transferred from the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Archbishop in Jerusalem. In 1974, when the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East underwent structural reform, Sudan became an independent province of four dioceses.
Due to continued growth and displacement due to the Second Sudanese Civil War, the province had 11 dioceses in 1993 and has currently 31. Most of the dioceses are small and clustered in the south. The Episcopal Church of Sudan has played a prominent role in the peace process in Sudan. With the secession of South Sudan, in 2011, it has 5 large dioceses covering Sudan (Khartoum, Port Sudan, El Obeid, Wad Medani and Kdugli), and 26 dioceses at South Sudan. With an estimated number of four and a half million members, the Episcopal Church of the Sudan accounts for almost half of South Sudan population.
The Episcopal Church of Sudan counts 31 dioceses, 5 in Sudan and 26 in South Sudan.
- Kajo Keji
- Port Sudan
- Twic East
- Wad Medani
The Episcopal Church of Sudan is a member of the Global South (Anglican) and of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, and as such has been involved in the Anglican realignment movement. The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church of Sudan decided to cut any ties with the Episcopal Church from the United States, because of their acceptance of non-celibate homosexuality, declaring itself at the same time in full communion with the Anglican Church in North America, in December 2011. Archbishop Robert Duncan of the ACNA spent the three days of Easter, at 19-21 March 2013, in the province, at invitation of Archbishop Daniel Deng of the Episcopal Church of Sudan.
- Anglican Communion News Service: The Episcopal Church of Sudan elects Bishop Daniel Deng Bul as Primate
- List of the Episcopal Church of Sudan Dioceses, Episcopal Church of Sudan Official Website
- Advent Letter from Archbishop Duncan, ACNA website, 16 December 2011
- An Easter Message from Archbishop Duncan, ACNA website, 2013