The presence and participation of both our new patron, Archbishop Sentamu and our president, Bishop Mouneer at this year’s meeting provided the EDA with a special opportunity to attract a strong attendance, enjoy something of a festive atmosphere with an Egyptian flavour and allow some of our new committee members to present a vision of how the Association might develop, for example through offering different kinds of membership and more regional-based meetings throughout the year.
Already there are signs of increased interest and membership
Immediately following the Annual meeting in London meeting, Bishop Mouneer fulfilled a heavy programme of speaking and preaching engagements in Cambridge including presenting an exhibition of his distinguished photography of diocesan scenes, at Michaelhouse, in the parish of Great St Mary’s Church, by kind invitation of Canon Dr John Binns.
We are immensely grateful to Sibella Laing our Vice-Chairman for facilitating events at Corpus Christi College and offering warm hospitality in her home. On the last evening and following a panel discussion with Bishop Mouneer, Professor David Ford and Stuart Laing, Master of Corpus Christi College, Sibella formally opened the exhibition.
Canon John Binns, who initiated the Cambridge visit, invited the Bishop to preach at the morning Eucharist at the University Church and arranged for him to preach that evening at Emmanuel College. Staying at Ridley Hall, the Bishop lectured to a large gathering there and renewed many former acquaintances.
The combination of these events and encounters with the widespread current interest in major changes in Egypt gave us an opening to re- present the claims of our Association which we hope and pray will prove fruitful.
I salute the efforts of Officers and members of the EDA Committee for their work this summer and throughout the year and say a warm thank you to all our members old and new for their encouragement and support as the Association tries to keep pace with the rapid developments in the diocese.