The Sri Lanka Link
Leeds Diocese has a link with the two dioceses in Sri Lanka: Colombo and Kuranegala which together form the Church of Ceylon, the Anglican Church in Sri Lanka.
The link between our dioceses:
- Makes us aware of our interdependence as the body of Christ across the world
- Deepens our spirituality and awareness of one another and
- Enables us to support each other though prayer, story, encouragement, resources and skills.
There are strong links between churches and schools, as well as personal friendships. Many visits between the dioceses have taken place with school groups, teachers, parish groups, clergy and bishops travelling between our two countries.
Prayer and mutual support is at the heart of the link. When the Indian Ocean Tsunami struck in December 2004, over 35,000 people were killed and coastal towns and villages were devastated. Local people lost their livelihoods and no family was untouched by loss and grief. Here in Yorkshire, more than a hundred thousand pounds was raised in less than a month and a group of twelve teachers visited the stricken areas to see what further help could be offered.
There is much to learn from the church in Sri Lanka. Anglicans are a minority within a minority. Most Christians are Roman Catholic, and Buddhists (70% of the population), Hindus and Muslims outnumber Christians. In recent years there have been attacks on some Christian congregations but religion plays an important role in the country and Christians are generally respected. The church is still one of the few places where Tamil and Sinhalese people can worship freely together.
CHRISTIAN LINKS STRENGTHENED DURING TRIP TO SRI LANKA - More here
SRI LANKA AWARENESS DAY - Saturday 25 April 2020 - More here
February 2020 - Diocesan Link Group visit.
A group from the Diocese of Leeds are preparing for a trip to Sri Lanka on 6th February, to visit the church and connect with the link dioceses of Colombo and Kuranegala. Throughout their trip, the group will be sharing their journey in a daily video diary and here is the first one. Take a look to meet the team who will be travelling in February and hear about what they are most looking forward to. Make sure to stay tuned for further video diary entries from the team, which will appear once they arrive in Sri Lanka on 7th February.
May 2019 - APPEAL FOR AID AS SRI LANKAN CHURCHES HELP REBUILD LIVES AFTER BOMBINGS. More here.
January 2018 - new Bishop of Kurunagala Diocese
Ven Keerthisiri Fernando was enthroned as the 6th Bishop of Kurunagala on 6 January 2018. Paul Slater, the Bishop of Richmond was present at the ceremony. More here.
May 2017 - Floods in Columbo Diocese
Various parts of Sri Lanka are experiencing flooding. Please pray for those affected. More here.
October 2015 - Bishop Nick and his wife, Linda, visited Sri Lanka for two weeks to meet the Anglican Church with which the diocese has a partnership.
Read more about the trip including Bishop Nick's blog while there.
Anglican Friends of Sri Lanka Facebook Group
This is a closed Facebook Group which you will need to join through Facebook to see discussion and comment.
Chair of Sri Lanka Link group: Bishop Paul Slater