AFRECS: Making a Difference
October 18-20, 2013
St. James Commons
We are excited that you will be joining us in Chicago for our seventh annual conference. Our conference is held in the newly renovated commons area adjacent to or attached to the beautiful St James Cathedral in downtown Chicago.
Registration and Logistical Information
The conference's early registration fee of $125 has been extended until the date of the conference. Please join us!
Register now using PayPal.
Or use our printable registration form and mail it and your check to:
AFRECS, PO Box 12026, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304
St. James Cathedral Commons
65 E. Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 787-7360
This year’s Conference of the American Friends of the Episcopal Church of
Sudan (AFRECS) will take place at a time when South Sudan and the African
populations of peripheral areas of Sudan face daunting challenges. These
include military attacks on civilian populations and cross-border conflicts
affecting both countries. Inter-tribal cattle raiding and conflict as well
as government corruption are major problems in South Sudan.
These challenges are being addressed by the Government of South Sudan (GOSS) and its friends in the international community. But it’s an uphill and seesaw battle. These problems render the role and the work of the Episcopal Church of Sudan more crucial than ever because it and the Roman Catholic Church are the two most important civil society institutions in the South. They are important in the North as well. The churches’ reach, their moral authority and their numerical weight are being used to promote peace and reconciliation and to stand up for public integrity and the public interest.
The Episcopal Church of Sudan is making a difference. AFRECS, its members and the ECS’ other friends will be making a difference by redoubling our spiritual, moral and material support of its work and its capabilities.
This year’s AFRECS conference will allow the friends of the ECS to examine our ongoing relationship with our Sudanese sisters and brothers and to probe ways that we can enrich our partnerships with the ECS dioceses and other bodies. Joining us for this conference will be several ECS bishops. They will witness to their achievements and to the difficulties they confront. American lay and ordained church leaders will also share their experiences and lessons learned in collaborating with and supporting the work of the ECS.
We will hold a session on the political and economic landscape of South Sudan and, to a lesser extent, of Sudan. This will feature a presentation by at least one expert with long, firsthand experience and be followed by a question and answer period.
Added to this will be presentations on the contributions by The (U.S.) Episcopal Church, Episcopal dioceses and parishes as well as AFRECS itself to ECS theological and skills training, social services, humanitarian and peace and reconciliation efforts in South Sudan.
Because advocacy remains a key aspect of the AFRECS mission, we shall hold a session on matters deserving U.S. policy interest and on the tools and strategies needed to enlist US policy makers in making more robust contributions to the peace and stability of South Sudan.
Please make plans now to add your thoughts, your voice, your prayers and your subsequent actions to those of us who will be gathering for this eighth AFRECS National Conference.