Primate of Japan Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu (left) with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. © Lambeth Palace.
EACH DAY THIS MONTH
ABM Prayer Theme: Give thanks for the work and witness of the Anglican Church of Japan – 日本聖公会 – the Nippon Sei Ko Kai. The church was established in 1859 when the first missionaries from the Episcopal Church in the USA - Bishop Channing Moore Williams and the Rev John Liggins - came to the country. The Rev Alexander Croft Shaw and the Rev William Ball Wright arrived from England as SPG missionaries in 1873 and were joined by John Piper (a CMS missionary) in 1874. It was legally established in 1887, and became an official province of the Anglican Church in 1930. The first Japanese bishops were consecrated in 1923. The church remained underground during World War II and assumed all church leadership after the war. Since 1978 it has been financially self-supporting. It continues to exchange missionaries with overseas partner churches. All bishops and other church leaders are Japanese. The Nippon Sei Ko Kai is the third largest Christian community in the country, after the Roman Catholic Church and the United Church of Christ.
◊ ABM Prayer for the Day: Give thanks for the General Community Development Fund, and for those who support it. The fund allows ABM to continue to measure and evaluate our effectiveness in the aid projects we deliver, enabling us to learn from and improve the work we do. It means we can support the Anglican Communion to amplify the voices of smaller churches around the world, especially in the Pacific region, in advocacy on climate change, prevention of violence against women, and ending human trafficking and slavery. It allows us to support the ecumenical work of the Church Agencies Network which works to prevent, mitigate or effectively respond to disasters in our region, and to support the ecumenical work of Action by Churches Together in responding to disasters across the world.
◊ Australian Cycle of Prayer: The Diocese of Rockhampton – Bishop David Robinson, the clergy and people