Our partnerships with the Diocese of Gloucester, England, and the Diocese of Western Tanganyika in Tanzania, Africa, provide a unique opportunity to compare cultures, share missional successes, and explore the universal challenges of building authentic Christian communities in a changing world. 

The triad partnership was launched on the First Sunday of Advent in 2008 with the following words from Bishop Mary: “Through our partnership one with another, may we grow in mutual affection and communion, seek a more profound experience of truth, build up the Church in unity and give glory to Jesus Christ.”

The Diocese of Gloucester is part of the Church of England and covers most of Gloucestershire, as well as parts of neighboring counties. It is home to about 600,000, ranging from small rural communities to urban centers, who are served by some 327 parishes, 390 churches and 117 church schools. Visit their website to learn more.

The Diocese of Western Tanganyika was established in 1966 and is geographically the largest Diocese within the Anglican Church of Tanzania. The Diocese presently has 150 parishes in its 32 Deaneries and is led by the Rt. Rev. Sadock Makaya.

This global partnership thrives as a vital part of El Camino Real’s strategic plan and its ongoing mission to “connect our common life with the wider church and the world.” Through visits and sharing we become a family united; we’re inspired to explore our own history of how Christianity came to California and how that impacts our missional sharing of today’s Gospel.

Click here to read a feature story about the six-day visit in January 2014 by our international partners and their presentation at our Winter Conference.

To view the original 2008 agreement, click here.

Western Tanganyika Scholarship Fund

Our diocese supports a scholarship program for the Diocese of Western Tanganyika. Primary school education in Tanzania is free except for the cos of uniforms. However, secondary schools (our grades 7-10) require students to pay tuition in addition to uniforms and books, an amount that many families cannot afford.

This year, our diocese provided scholarships for 564 students to attend secondary school and for 23 students to attend college. Scholarship students are attending more than 120 secondary schools, an increase over 2013. Thirty six students who graduated in high standing have advanced to university and professional schooling, with scholarship assistance:

To donate online, click here. (Please use the button on the donation form to specify Diocese of Western Tanganyika Scholarship Program)

Your gift of education for the children will touch many lives for years to come!

Below are links to photo galleries illustrating previous visits:

flckr photo gallery of June 2010 trip to Gloucester

Additional June 2010 photos

flickr photo gallery of May 2009 Trip to Gloucester

flickr photo gallery of March 2009 Trip to Tanzania

flickr photo gallery of September 2009 Visit to ECR