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"The link between our dioceses is all about what friends can do in mission together"
Revd Helen Van Koevering , (Niassa Diocese, Northern Mozambique)
Founded in 1998, ALMA, which means soul in Portuguese, has become part of the soul of all four partner dioceses. There are now 47 London parishes twinned with parishes in Angola (13), Lebombo (12) and Niassa (22). Eight schools are formally twinned and others are developing connections. Every area of London has links. Visits, improved internet contact and digital pictures have deepened these relationships and narrowed distance.
In ‘being church together’ we share our joys and sorrows, learn from each other, acknowledge the differences in our economic contexts, the call to be good news to the poor and to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Advocacy on debt cancellation, Trade Justice, Climate Change, Millennium Development Goals, and in 2013, food security, involves all ALMA partners. The five London Lent Appeals during London Challenge 2012 have helped resource some of the ministry and mission goals of our partner dioceses.
"In today’s interconnected world loving your neighbour starts at home but extends throughout the world. It is idle to talk of loving our neighbours while neglecting the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. Supporting the Millennium Development Goals is a 21st century way of loving our neighbour"
Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London