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Amidst allegations that Anglicans worldwide do not recognize the Diocese of South Carolina and its Bishop, Anglican Bishops from East Africa strongly announced their support for the Diocese’s dissociation from The Episcopal Church Tuesday during comments at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston.
The Bishops from Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania proclaimed unqualified endorsement of Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese. Their comments seemed to dispute the claims of Bishop Charles vonRosenberg, the newly elected Bishop of the recently formed Diocese - The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. In January, vonRosenberg announced that the Anglican Communion has not acknowledged Lawrence’s Diocese, even though it represents the vast majority of local Anglicans. However the four Bishops, all members of the Anglican Communion in good standing, specifically recognized the Diocese during the gathering.
The four were guests of the Diocese following their participation in the New Wineskins Conference in Ridgecrest, North Carolina, the largest Anglican missions conference in the world.
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Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal Anglican Provinces Anglican Church of Kenya Anglican Church of Tanzania Church of Rwanda Episcopal Church of the Sudan * Christian Life / Church Life Parish Ministry Evangelism and Church Growth Ministry of the Ordained * South Carolina
On April 9 at 6 p.m. we have the rare opportunity to hear from several Bishops from East Africa. We’ll hear first hand accounts of the vital work God is doing in the Anglican Communion. We’ll also hear how we can pray for their ministries and explore opportunities for further partnerships in “Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age.” Supper will follow in the Bishop Allison Courtyard, hosted by the Anglican Communion Development Committee. Students are encouraged to attend and to bring their youth leaders. We also welcome The Rev. Dr. Peter Moore who will moderate the conversation with the Bishops. Parking is available in the Cathedral lot and the CPW parking lot on Vanderhorst St. behind the parish house.
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Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal Anglican Provinces Anglican Church of Kenya Anglican Church of Tanzania Church of Rwanda Episcopal Church of the Sudan * Christian Life / Church Life Parish Ministry Evangelism and Church Growth * South Carolina
The Archbishop of Tanzania was rebuffed yesterday in his bid for a second five year term as the Bishop of Mpwapwa, the Rt. Rev. Jacobo Chimeledya, was elected primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania.
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A Tanzanian bishop has said African churches have a duty to complement state education to help improve the local lives and the local community.
Bishop of the Diocese of the Rift Valley the Rt Revd John Lupaa was speaking after the Tanzanian government announced it would re-register Kalimatinde School of Nursing, which is owned and run by his Diocese.
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Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa has urged a leading candidate for president to promise to return to the church mission schools nationalized by the government.
Speaking at a school fundraising event on 24 Oct 2011 in Dar es Salaam, Dr. Mokiwa asked Edward Lowassa MP to return the schools if he wins the presidency. Elections are scheduled in the east African nation in 2015 to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete. While Mr. Lowassa has not formally announced his candidacy, he is considered a front runner for the post.
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Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal Anglican Provinces Anglican Church of Tanzania * Culture-Watch Education Religion & Culture * Economics, Politics Politics in General * International News & Commentary Africa Tanzania
Participants [at the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation] came from 19 Anglican provinces, including Brazil, Hong Kong, Nigeria, and the Southern Cone. Topics included theology, cultural contexts, and the shape and elements of ritual. Papers were delivered by the Bishop of Central Tanganyika, the Rt Revd Mdimi Mhogolo, and by the Revd Dr Simon Jones, of Merton College, Oxford.
Dr Jones drew attention to the particular issues faced by Church of England clergy who frequently have to deal with couples presenting themselves for marriage in church, neither of whom are baptised, or attend church regularly.
Bishop Mhogolo explained that Christian missionaries who came to Tanzania had paid no attention to traditional Tanzanian marriage-customs, in which washing and anointing rather than rings and vows were the principal symbols.
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Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal Anglican Provinces Anglican Church of Tanzania Episcopal Church (TEC) Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion) Same-sex blessings * Christian Life / Church Life Liturgy, Music, Worship * Culture-Watch Sexuality --Civil Unions & Partnerships
Influential Muslims on this East African island have begun building what appears to be a hotel on a 100-year-old burial site owned by an Anglican church, Christian leaders said.
Church leaders with ownership papers for the land told Compass they are disturbed that authorities have taken no action since they filed a police complaint in December about the seizure of the burial site three kilometers (nearly two miles) from Zanzibar city’s airport. Tanzania’s Zanzibar archipelago, including the largest island of Zanzibar (officially known as Unguja), is 99.9 percent Muslim.
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Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal Anglican Provinces Anglican Church of Tanzania * Culture-Watch Religion & Culture * International News & Commentary Africa Tanzania * Religion News & Commentary Other Faiths Islam Muslim-Christian relations
A Tanzanian court has issued an arrest warrant for Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania (ACT).
On June 13 the High Court in Arusha issued a bench warrant for Dr. Mokiwa for contempt of court, after prosecutors claimed the archbishop ignored a court order blocking the consecration of the Bishop of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Sources in Tanzania report that as of June 14 the archbishop had not yet been served by police with the warrant.
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In a joint statement issued after a "Consultation of Bishops in Dialogue" meeting held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania the church leaders said they had shared testimonies about partnership mission work. Through this a common thread had emerged "our experience of finding ourselves in each other."
"Across the globe, across the Communion, we actually really need one another," the bishops' statement said. "We are stronger in relationship than when we are apart. This, we believe, is a work of engaging in Communion building rather than Communion breaking. In the words of the Toronto Congress of 1963 we are engaged in living in 'mutual responsibility and interdependence' (Ephesians 2:13-22)".
The bishops hailed from Sudan, Botswana, Malawi, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Canada, the United States and England. They met at the end of February as a group of partner pairs and triads and discussed a range of issues including human sexuality, slavery and tackling poverty.
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Update: An ENS article appears here also.
Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal Anglican Provinces Anglican Church of Burundi Anglican Church of Canada Anglican Church of Kenya Anglican Church of Tanzania Church of England (CoE) Episcopal Church (TEC) Lambeth 2008 * International News & Commentary Africa Kenya Tanzania
The breakaway from Christ Episcopal Church was part of a major rupture in the Episcopal Church of North America as conservatives rebelled against the ordination of homosexual priests and other trends in the church.
In the past decade, Africa has become a spiritual center for many Anglicans who have divorced themselves from the national Episcopal Church over divergent views on homosexuality and biblical interpretation, said Frank Kirkpatrick, a professor of religion at Trinity College in Hartford, and author of the book "The Episcopal Church in Crisis: How Sex, the Bible and Authority are Dividing the Faithful."
When dozens of congregations, like Christ Church in Watertown, broke with the national church, their leaders surrendered their religious authority as Episcopalians, he said. African dioceses, which have led the more conservative wing of the international Anglican Communion, continued to recognize the worshippers and consecrate former Episcopalian priests to lead them.
But for Bywater, his spiritual connection to Tanzania is the result of a personal journey, rather than a political one. He said that unlike other priests who are recognized by an African diocese, he is actually an ordained priest within an African diocese.
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Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) Anglican Provinces Anglican Church of Tanzania Episcopal Church (TEC) TEC Conflicts Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion) Same-sex blessings
The woman who heads the area Anglican diocese has a question nagging at her, a question she spoke about passionately during a recent sermon at St. John's the Baptist Episcopal Church in the Seacliff area.
That question is whether a 12-year-old Tanzanian boy named Sadiki would still be alive if she had not encountered him one day, in March, in a remote area of that East African country.
Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves told of that brief encounter movingly and with self-reproach.
It is a story that changed her life, the boy's life and struck a chord with many others, Gray-Reeves said. It is undeniably tragic, yet growth has sprung from it.
The chance meeting with a disfigured child -- an epileptic scarred and infected after falling into a cooking fire during a seizure -- has led to a campaign by church members in the diocese to provide solar cooking classes, scholarships and other help to the boy's village.
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The initial meeting between Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves of the Diocese of El Camino Real and Bishop Michael Perham of Gloucester, England, at the 2008 Lambeth Conference was an auspicious one. When a protester jumped up and called Bishop Gray-Reeves “a whore of the church,” Bishop Perham stepped in to help his new American acquaintance around the protesters and on to safety.
This frightening encounter brought together two parts of what has become a trio of bishops — the third is Bishop Gerard Mpango of the Western Tanganyika Diocese in Tanzania — who have linked up as companion dioceses. The combination of American, British and African dioceses is intentional. The three locations encompass three regions of discontent in the Anglican Communion. By meeting, talking and working together, the three bishops hope to show that people of different cultures, and these three cultures in particular, can maintain civil relations and look for answers to divisive issues.
“We want to hold together when the Communion is threatened,” Bishop Perham said.
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There is now a more detailed schedule available via this parish newsletter on page 2.
Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal - Anglican: Latest News Anglican Provinces Anglican Church of Tanzania Church of Nigeria Common Cause Partnership Episcopal Church (TEC) TEC Bishops * Religion News & Commentary Other Churches Baptists Other Faiths Islam Secularism * South Carolina * Theology
The Anglican Church of Tanzania has reiterated its opposition to the consecration of homosexuals and women as bishops.
Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa told The Citizen yesterday that the practice that threatens to tear apart the Anglican faithful resulted from what he termed ''a leadership failure at Canterbury'', headquarters of the church.
He also said he would not support the proposed ordination of women as bishops during his leadership as the head of the Anglican faithful in Tanzania.
He also denied during the interview that there was a physical split of membership in the Church over homosexuality.
He said the final decision would be reached at the coming Lamberth conference.
Dr Mokiwa said the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) that Tanzania is part of, is meant to bring churches in the developing world together but not to break them away from Canterbury.
''It is not a breakaway church but we decided to come together because we were uncomfortable with the state of communion,'' he said.
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