Compass Rose Society Supported Activities
The Compass Rose Society helps fund the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Consultative Council through the office of the secretary general of the Anglican Communion. It is the third largest contributor to the Anglican Consultative Council annual budget. In addition to supporting the ACC, the society supports projects recommended by the Archbishop of Canterbury and by bishops of the dioceses that the Society visits.
Projects the Society has funded in the past or is currently supporting are described below. Many of these resulted from Communion Visits. Members may wish to consider "donor-advised" gifts to these or other projects.
Diocese of Jerusalem
The society has visited the Diocese of Jerusalem twice funding the Anglican Hospital in Gaza, Anglican Educational services, emergency food and medical supplies, assistance to St. George's College, the Spafford Children Centre, and the Princess Basma center for Disabled Children. In an era when the Anglican presence in the Holy Land is diminishing, the Society seeks funds to encourage the church and its ministry the Middle East.
Diocese of the Highveld
Located in a challenged area the Diocese of the Highveld provides ministry to some of the world's most economically deprived areas. The Compass Rose Society supports a micro bank designed to help women achieve economic status. We have also supported orphanages, day care centers, educational institutions and HIV/AIDS home base care clinics.
Diocese of Kaduna, Nigeria
As the result of an early mission trip and inspired by one of our members, the Compass Rose Society helps to fund a bush clinic in Katei in the Diocese of Kaduna, Northern Nigeria. A tangible result of this clinic is that the mortality rate of women in childbirth cared for at the center has measurably decreased.
The Anglican Consultative Council recognizing the need for linking people throughout our Anglican Communion created but could not fund a series of affinity networks. These networks rely on outside funding. The Compass Rose Society has supported some of these including the International Anglican Woman's Network, the International Anglican Family Network, the Francophone Network and the Network for Interfaith Concerns.
United Nations Observer
Appointed through the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Anglican Communion maintains a presence at the United Nations in the form of an Anglican Observer. The Compass Rose Society helps fund this work.
The Compass Rose Society has supported this seminary based in Nanjing China in accordance with its interest in theological education.
Through the work of the Theological Education Advisory Committee (TEAC), the Compass Rose Society provides theological textbooks to seminaries that request them throughout the Anglican Communion. Each set costs $1500 (USD).
Diocese of Spain
As a result of an early mission trip to Spain, the Society has supported the bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church in Spain through the study center at Salamanca.
Irish School of Ecumenics
The Compass Rose Society assisted in the Education for Reconciliation program.
Diocese of Mexico
The Compass Rose Society supported a street program for Children at risk and provided funding for an orphanage.
Anglican Centre in Rome
Through the work of the Anglican Centre in Rome, students from around the world can engage in theological study in the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. The Anglican Study Centre helps our church strengthen relationships for the Roman Catholic Church.
Since its 2009 launch, the Continuing Indaba and Mutual Listening Process has facilitated four pilot conversations, each consisting of three dioceses from different Anglican Communion provinces. Participants from each diocese included the bishop and several clergy and lay leaders.
This program has enabled Anglicans to discuss and learn about experiences from contexts far removed from their own and to wrestle with differences concerning issues such as human sexuality and theological interpretation. (A process of Indaba, a Zulu word meaning purposeful discussion, formed the basis for groups of around 40 bishops that met each day during the Lambeth Conference in 2008.)
The Compass Rose Society has supported this work.
Bishop Ackon Eye Clinic in Cape Coast Ghana
Many challenges face the delivery of quality eye care in Ghana today including limited personnel (about 300 eye care professionals for 25 million Ghanaians); lack of funds for outreach, screening and diagnostic equipment; minimal public eye care education and the continual use of uncertified herbal preparations to treat ocular disease. It’s a serious problem. Ghana, for example, is ranked second worldwide for the prevalence of glaucoma. Six hundred thousand Ghanaians are said to be suffering from glaucoma and, experts say, 30,000 of these are likely to become blind if the disease is left untreated.
After touring the Bishop Ackon clinic on our Communion Visit to Ghana in 2013, we formed group of members to examine how the Society can help fund repairs of the clinic’s roof and purchase up-to-date equipment. The proposed project is under review.
Wendy's School in Cape Coast Ghana
Education is important work for the diocese of Cape Coast which administers 54 day-nurseries, 62 primary schools and 74 junior secondary schools.
On the Society’s visit to the diocese of Cape Coast we came to call one of the primary schools, Christ Church Anglican Basic School, “Wendy’s School” after its principal, Wendy Arebe Debrah, who described for us the overall educational objectives of the diocese and later led us on a tour of her school.
The school’s physical plant is greatly in need of improvement and received one of the Society’s donations to the diocese. In addition, one CRS member donated funds to help build a wall that will convert one large and noisy classroom into two hopefully quieter ones and a group of will evaluate how The Compass Rose Society can further contribute to improving this school.