- 13-23 August 1963 (Creation)
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1 box and color positive slides
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The Anglican Church of Southern Africa, previously known as the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, is the province of the Anglican Communion in Southern Africa. Its primate is the Archbishop of Cape Town. The church includes dioceses in present day South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland and St. Helena.
An agreement was signed in 1937 between the Church of the Province of South Africa (CPSA) - now known as the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) - and the University of the Witwatersrand, whereby the church's central record library was places on loan with the University. The library consisted of books, pamphlets, periodicals and manuscripts. The richness of the Anglican Church's manuscript collection is due to the efforts of the provincial archivists appointed by the church to collect material and transfer it to the university. The first, 1937-1957, was Father Osmund Victor, followed by Canon Cecil Thomas Wood from 1958-1979. Mrs AR Kotze then took over from 1979-2000, until Carol Archibald was appointed as Provincial Archivist in 2001.
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The material was deposited with Historical Papers by Mr. J. Gon, from Grahamstown.
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The collection contains records relating to the Anglican Church Congress in Toronto, Canada in 1963. It includes: programme of the Congress, addresses of Bishops, presentations of the international speakers, newspaper issues and cuttings, colour slides.
The purpose of the Anglican Congress of 1963 in Toronto was for Anglicans to confer together and to take a look at the world in which they work. The Anglican Congress was examining religio-political movements in the world, life of the church under cultural and scientific advances in life of people.
The subjects discussed at the Congress covered topics like: different world's religions, racism, international relations, problems of social justice, responsibilities of Christians towards those are underprivileged, the refuges and homeless, the role of the priest in this kind of world. During the Congress the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Anglican Congress was celebrated. At the end of the Conference participating primates and bishops of the Anglican Communion issued a Statement issued a statement to all Christians.
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