RE with Soul was developed in partnership with ALMA, the Diocese of London’s ‘Companion Link’ between the Anglican churches in Angola, London and Mozambique.
‘Across the Anglican Communion is a vital and vibrant network of Companion Links: between parishes, churches, dioceses and provinces. These began initially through mission agencies and national mission boards expanded to dioceses and later parishes, Mothers’ Union and cathedrals.
These links—known alternatively as Church Links and Companion Links—are formed and are strongly based on relationships. As bishops, clergy and lay people meet and find a commonality in mission and purpose, this often develops into a mutual sharing together of resources.
Those who have taken part in link relationships have enjoyed fellowship and partnership in mission for over thirty years. At their best they expand awareness of the experiences of Christians in different parts of the Communion and encourage mutual support, challenge and learning.’ Church of England website
Many schools and churches within the Diocese of London have been enriched by relationships with partners in Mozambique and Angola. Through dialogue, confronting shared challenges, and working together, using ALMA’s RE with Soul resources has helped school and church partners encounter each other, become friends, and to grow in empathy and mutual understanding. In Portuguese ALMA means ‘Soul’.
RE with Soul links with schools and churches
Blair Peach Primary School, Middlesex, UK is a community primary school in Southall serving a densely populated area. Blair Peach School aims for academic and creative excellence and to provide an education that will meet the needs of all children. They are committed to working with pupils, parents and the community to provide the best possible education within a happy, caring and stimulating environment.
Twyford Church of England High School, Ealing, UK is a distinctive Christian community which aims to ‘see that of God’ in every student. They believe that every individual has the capacity to make a positive contribution to the world if they engage intelligently and recognise their God-given gifts. The School’s mission is to create an intellectually vigorous community in which all students give their best at all times and work purposefully and joyfully towards their goal. This is called the 10:10 ethic and the aim is to live by it day by day.
Maciene Primary, Secondary and Technical Schools, Xai Xai, Mozambique, is in a rural village, built as part of the mission of the Anglican Church. The schools were then taken over by the state when Mozambique achieved independence. The student population is approximately one thousand five hundred; two shifts are run so that the students are split between a morning school and afternoon school. A governing council oversees the school’s life and mission with the government official for education in Gaza; there are strong links between the school, village community and Maciene cathedral.
Lichinga Church, Niassa, Mozambique
St George’s C of E Church, Southall, UK is an informal and friendly church, attended by Christians who try to follow Jesus every day of their lives. St George’s church is part of the Church of England, and has an informal style of worship. They have close links with the four other Church of England churches in Southall and together, as ‘The Southall Group’, share the motto: ‘Together with Jesus, transforming people, transforming Southall’. The church community believe in worshipping Jesus in a relevant way, and in being actively involved in our community by sharing Jesus’s love with the people in Southall and the wider world.