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The Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-AliThe Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali

Visiting Bishop for Anglican Communion Relationships, Diocese of South Carolina

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On October 15, 2010, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, former 106th Bishop of Rochester, joined in partnership with the Diocese of South Carolina, serving as Visiting Bishop for Anglican Communion Relationships.

“As a senior Bishop of the Anglican Communion, we welcome the wisdom and experience that Bishop Nazir-Ali brings to South Carolina and look forward to his broader engagement in the life of the Diocese,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, Diocesan Bishop. “He will be a voice for global Anglicanism among us in many venues, not limited to the confines of our parishes alone. His counsel among the leadership of the Diocese will be a great asset.”
Serving in this capacity, Bishop Nazir-Ali will work to enable the Diocese to more effectively partner with those outside the Diocese in making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age. He will serve as an advocate in South Carolina for the needs and opportunities that exist to build up and shape the future of the Anglican Communion.

He will continue to expand his networking throughout the Communion to encourage the Church and connect its leaders for more effective ministry. By its support of that ministry, South Carolina will have the opportunity to become increasingly connected to the larger Communion.

Within South Carolina, Bishop Nazir-Ali will help connect the clergy and people of the Diocese with the larger communion and its needs. “We expect this will result in a more effective use of the funds administered by the Diocese’s Anglican Communion Development Committee and increased involvement in the life of the Communion at the individual parish level,” said Lawrence.

A Brief Biography of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali

Bishop Michael was the 106th Bishop of Rochester for 15 years, until 1 September 2009. He holds both Pakistani and British citizenship. He has studied, researched and taught at a number of universities and colleges in different parts of the world. He has worked as a priest and as a bishop in both the United Kingdom and Pakistan. After assisting the Archbishop of Canterbury for the 1988 Lambeth conference, he became General Secretary of the Church Mission Society. Both of these tasks have provided him with a close knowledge of the world-wide Church and especially of the Anglican Communion. In 1994 he was appointed Bishop of Rochester. He entered the House of Lords in 1999. He is now President of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue.

He has a continuing interest in mission and development issues and also in inter-faith dialogue. He was a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and Chair of its Ethics and Law Committee. He has chaired the Church of England’s Working Party on women in the episcopate and is President of the Anglican Communion’s Network on Inter-Faith Concerns (NIFCON). He was a long-standing member of ARCIC (The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission) and of  IARCCUM (The Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission). He was Chair of the House of Bishops’ Theological Group. He is an Hon Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich, a Member of Faculty at the London School of Theology and Senior Fellow of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

He chaired the ecumenical group that wrote the Search for Faith (CHP, 1996) and Presence and Prophecy (CHP, 2002). He has written several books and numerous articles. The latest of his books include Citizens and Exiles: Christian Faith in a Plural World (SPCK, 1998), Shapes of the Church to Come (Kingsway, 2001), Conviction and Conflict (Continuum 2006) and The Unique and Universal Christ (Paternoster 2008). He reads and writes poetry in a number of languages and takes a keen interest in sport, including cricket, table tennis, hockey and squash. He is also an avid reader of humour and detective fiction. In 2005 he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International and the Shaikh Yamani Gold Medal in Islamic Studies in 2008.

Contact Information:
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali
Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy & Dialogue
PO Box 54
Kent BR5 9RT
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