New Anglican Archbishop for S-E Asia

The Rt Rev Datuk Bolly Anak Lapok is a member of the Permanent Committee

to Promote Understanding and Harmony Amongst Religious Adherents in Sarawak.

THE RT REV DATUK BOLLY ANAK LAPOK, Bishop of Kuching (including Sarawak and Negara Brunei Darussalam), has been elected as the 4th Archbishop of the Province of the Anglican Church in South East Asia. He was installed as Archbishop at St omas’ Cathedral in Kuching, Sarawak on Feb 12, 2012.

He succeeds the Most Rev Dr John Chew Hiang Chea, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore since 2000. e Most Rev Dr Chew has served as Provincial Archbishop and Primate of South East Asia for six years, and had previously taught at Trinity eological College for 18 years, serving as its Principal between 1992 and 2000.

Archbishop Bolly, who is an Iban, hails from Sri Aman, Sarawak. He pursued his theological education at Birmingham University, United Kingdom, where he graduated with a Master of Arts with distinction.

He began as a deacon in March 2, 1975, rising through the ranks of priest the same year, Archdeacon in 1991, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Kuching in 1999, and finally Diocesan Bishop in 2007, before his election as Archbishop last September.

His new role places him as overseer of Anglican churches in Negara Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, ailand and Vietnam.

The election took place at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Synod of the Province, held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from Sept 21 to 22, 2011. Archbishop Bolly is currently Chairman of the Association of Churches in Sarawak and a member of the Permanent Committee to Promote Understanding and Harmony Amongst Religious Adherents.



UMC and British Methodist leaders boost global mission ties

NEW YORK – Top leaders from the General Board of Global Ministries met representatives of the Methodist Church of Great Britain to continue conversations with a goal of being more effective partners in mission.

The two-day meeting took place in London at the British Methodist headquarters. e United Methodist Church (UMC) group was led by Mr omas Kemper, General Secretary, who said it had been a useful meeting and “showed the growing collaboration between the UMC and British Church in its international mission work”.

The agenda included discussion on roundtable approaches to mission, international congregations, fund-raising methods, strengthening relationships in the Holy Land, and mission education.

The Rev Christine Elliott, Secretary of External Relationships of the British Church, said: “It was a delight to welcome the General Secretary and three senior staff of Global Ministries to Methodist Church House where we were able to share openly, honestly, and with good humour, common issues of what it means to be in partnership.

We recognised and were open about our differences, but we relished our points in common which are many and various.”

Mr Kemper continues to stress the importance of the roundtable approach to mission. A roundtable brings together a variety of mission partners engaged in work within a common location or aspect of missional enterprise.

He said: “Global Ministries is sometimes a participant, sometimes an organiser, and sometimes a facilitator of these events.” Roundtables have been held for many years and continue to occur in various mission contexts.

The group also discussed ways to strengthen relationships with partners in Israel and Palestine. Talks centred on how to collectively work together in the region. “Solutions and efforts to bring about peace in that region of the world will come from diverse groups working together,” said Mr Kemper.

The UMC group also visited John Wesley’s Chapel, his home and burial site, as well as the British Parliament.

At Parliament, the group was hosted to dinner by members of the House of Lords and Methodist ministers Lord Leslie Griffiths and Baroness Kathleen Richardson.

In 2010, during Advent, the British Church’s World Church Relationships staff travelled to Global Ministries’ headquarters in New York City. The London meeting was a follow-up to the initial meeting in New York City.

The General Board of Global Ministries has personnel, programmes and mission partners in 136 countries. It facilitates international and domestic mission, including missionary service.

The Methodist Church in Britain works with 60 partner churches worldwide in four geographical areas: Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, as well as the Methodist Church in Ireland. e church sends and receives mission partners, arranges scholarships for students, and advises on the mutual sharing of resources and experiences with their partner churches. – United Methodist News Service.

Dr Larry R. Hygh Jr is the Associate General Secretary, Director of Communications, of the General Board of Global Ministries.