Diocese of Renk
The Diocese of Renk in the Episcopal Church of Sudan is one of 24 dioceses in the Province which was established in 1976. The Most Rev. Daniel Deng Bul, former bishop of Renk, is the current primate of the Episcopal Church of Sudan.
The humanitarian needs in South Sudan, which became independent on July 9, 2011, are particularly acute, including in the Upper Nile district where Renk is situated. The church is essentially the only reliable reliable provider of social services there. With help from partner churches in the Dioceses of Chicago and Virginia, the Diocese of Renk has built schools and health clinics, and established micro business enterprises, and welcomed thousands of refugees returning after a 25 year civil war. In January 2010 a team led by Bishop Lee visited Renk to document in video and photographs the people and ministries of the church in Sudan. The images and interviews will become an archive for diocesan leaders in Renk, and a resource for sharing Renk's story with congregations here in the Diocese of Chicago and the wider Episcopal Church.
Renk Media Team
In January 2010 Bishop Jeffrey Lee and three members of a media team—The Rev. Kevin Goodman of St. James Cathedral, Charlie Simokaitis of All Saints, Chicago, and Connie Wilson of All Saints, Chicago— visited the Diocese of Renk to produce a photographic and video archive of the people and ministries of the diocese. Their ten days in Khartoum and the Diocese of Renk included a meeting with Sudan's primate and the former bishop of Renk, The Most Rev. Daniel Deng Bul; a joy filled service with Bishop Joseph Garang Atem at St. Matthew's Cathedral; the naming and dedication of churches in Halaga and North Pelouch; and visits to medical clinics and schools where the church is the primary social service provider for the South. "Our visit mattered more than probably we can appreciate," said Bishop Lee in a meeting with diocesan staff in Chicago on his return.
While in Sudan the team recorded three video messages on their experiences, and videographer the Rev. Kevin Goodman posted them to YouTube. An expanded video of the trip will be available later this year, and distributed to The Episcopal Church missions office, the Episcopal Church of Sudan and Diocese of Renk, and congregations of the Diocese of Chicago. Below are links and a short description of the three video messages.