to the Chaplaincy of Dubai and Sharjah with the Northern Emirates. We are a unique communion of Anglicans and members of other mainline Protestant churches from around the world, constituted within the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, in the Episcopal Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.
Our Chaplaincy consists of five churches:
- Holy Trinity Church in Dubai
- St Martin's Church in Sharjah
- Christ Church in Jebel Ali and Academic City
- St Luke's Church in Ras Al Khaimah
- St Nicholas' Church in Fujairah
All of our churches have been built on the benevolent gifts of land given by the rulers of the UAE. These gifts of land are a result of the dialogue that early Anglican Christians in the UAE had with the rulers, and these gifts of land are an acknowledgement on the part of our rulers of the need for Christians to worship freely and their commitment to invest their talents for the advancement of the UAE. The cordial relationships between Christians and the rulers continue to this day.
The Chaplaincy also supports an ever-growing network of over three-hundred guest congregations, made up of expatriate Christians from all around the world who worship God in many tongues, styles of devotion and expressions of faith in the premises and facilities our Chaplaincy provide. The Pastors and Elders of these congregations work in partnership and unity with us, and the collective body of Christians across the Chaplaincy amounts to some 100,000 or more people.
The main aim of our Chaplaincy is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ afresh to a world gripped by conflicts, violence, financial crises, and unprecedented environmental catastrophes we had never seen before in such a short duration of time. In full appreciation of the enormity of these changes in the world, we seek to: equip ourselves to live meaningfully; to engage in dialogue with the world around us, our neighbours and ourselves; and, to pray for and work together with our rulers, leaders and authorities to seek strategies and sustainable solutions to better the lives of all peoples with whom we share a common future as global citizens.
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The Revd Dr Ruwan Palapathwala