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- Our Global Partners
One World, One Church, Our Diocese in Partnership
There are over 80 million worshipping Christians around the globe in over 160 countries. The Diocese of Gloucester has forged a special link with five dioceses overseas (listed on the right). The Church is a gift that needs to be valued. Links across cultures allow friendships to develop whereby people can begin to understand one another better, while exploring differences. Our five diocesan links are with Karnataka Central and Dornakal in India, Västerås in Sweden, Western Tanganyika in Africa and El Camino Real in America.
Find out more about our diocesan partnerships, their purpose and how they work here… DPG Overview 2017.
There are several ways in which individuals and parishes can become more involved.
All the projects and people mentioned on this webpage need regular prayer support. Building a fruitful and fulfilling link cannot be done without committed prayer from those involved. Our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer provides a framework for doing so.
Making a donation to our link dioceses is a tangible way of directly supporting their work and ministry. Money donated by you will be entrusted to our partnership representatives and spent in a way that fits best with the local needs. You may choose to donate individually, as a group or as a PCC.
Would you like a visiting preacher with experience of our partnerships?
We have a number of people who would be happy to visit churches, benefices or Deaneries to preach, or speak at meetings, about the Diocesan Overseas Partnerships.
Membership of the Diocesan Partnership Group
The Diocesan Partnership Group meets twice a year to facilitate the above but also shares reports and ideas between meetings. It is made up of:
The Ven Phil Andrew (Archdeacon of Cheltenham) : Chair
The Revd Canon David Bowers : Link Officer, Diocese of Karnataka Central (Church of South India)
The Revd Gary Grady : Link Officer, Diocese of Dornakal (Church of South India)
The Revd Canon Helen Sammon : Link Officer, Diocese of Western Tanganyika (Tanzania)
Dr Julie Fay : Link Officer, Diocese of El Camino Real (Episcopal Church, USA)
Mr Steven Peachey : Link Officer, Diocese of Vasteras (Church of Sweden)
In addition either Bishop Rachel or Bishop Robert will attend each meeting.