Last weekend, St. Pauls Episcipal Church hosted a conference called Sudan in Crisis: How can we help? It brought together more than 75 participants who share connections with the Episcopal Church in Sudan through building schools, wells and churches, or through international advocacy.
Speakers included Andrew Natsios, Georgetown University professor and former Administrator for USAID and Roger Winter, advisor to the government of South Sudan and former United States envoy to Sudan.
Participants discussed matters vital to the life of Episcopal Church of Sudan, including theological education and the expansion of seminaries in there. They also discussed the churchs role in peace building and reconciliation, primary and secondary education and building partnerships between churches in the United States southern Sudan.
The conference included a fundraising event for American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan on Saturday evening at Christ Church, sponsored by David and Caroly Abshire, Col. Kenneth Knapp (ret.) and Nancy Knapp, and Gwinneth Clarkson. The fundraiser featured artistic prints by Margaret Adams Parker and Hilary Garang Deng, bishop of Malakal, and photographs by Margaret Nea. The jazz trio West End Ramblers performed for the event.