The International Anglican Family Network (IAFN) is one of the Networks of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It is a forum for the exchange of information about the challenges facing families in different countries and cultures and the practical work being undertaken by churches and individual Christians. …More
Since 1991, IAFN’s work has focused on the production of three newsletters per year on issues affecting families. The aim of the newsletters is to set challenges and problems in an international context and to give information about practical projects and work being done by churches and communities to help. Articles are written by people from many different countries within the Anglican Communion. The range of topics covered in the newsletters: eg Street Children, Fathers and Families, HIV/AIDS, Children and War, Community Families, demonstrate the many areas where individuals and groups, often linked with churches, are active in responding to families in need. The newsletters provide an educational resource for both the developed and the developing world, helping all to learn more about the resources and dedication of the many women and men within the worldwide Anglican family whose work is often unknown. Their stories provide a stimulus for greater understanding and further action.
A more recent development has been the holding of regional consultations. The first was in Nairobi in 2003 which enabled delegates from different parts of Africa to come together and discuss the difficult and important issue of Violence and the Family. A further consultation was held in Seoul in October 2007, in partnership with the Korean Church, when delegates from different countries in Asia considered the impact of Globalisation on Family Life highlighting issues such as migrant workers, the bride trade and family violence.I n October 2010 IAFN held its third regional consultation on violence and the family, in Aotearoa New Zealand in partnership with the Family Centre, Lower Hutt, which brought together participants involved in Anglican family ministries across Oceania. A major outcome of this consultation was an Action Plan for the Churches which set out the six steps taken by the participants to prepare themselves to tackle violence and the family. See the Consultations Page for more information.
Published to help mark the 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women, the IAFN newsletter on the theme of Church Responses to Domestic Abuse shows both the scope and international extent of such abuse within families and the growing efforts now being made by churches and faith organisations to combat it.…Read online