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ALL SAINTS CATHEDRAL HOSTS SECOND DIVINE CONFERENCE

The All Saints Cathedral Nairobi will host the second Divine Conference from 17 th - 21 st September 2014.

The annual conference will be held at the multi- purpose hall with workshops addressing issues affecting the church and family.  The workshop and plenary speakers will share with the participants areas they are passionate about among them creative approach to ministry, prayer and personal renewal, as well as Christian family living. The conference is open to all free of charge, but people must register for logistics ease. Below is the conference's programme.

DIVINE CONFERENCE PROGRAM

17 th September 2014 (Wednesday): Holy Communion Service at 5:30pm: Archbishop Eliud Wabukala

18 th – 20 th September 2014        

Praise and adoration- Divine Voices Bible exposition: Bp. Dr.  Samson Mwaluda

Main Speaker: Archbishop Stanley Ntangali/ Rev. Paul Waswa

Workshops:

·         Christian Family living- Dr. Stanley Mukolwe
·         Effective Anglican youth ministry- Bp. Charles Muturi
·         The Challenge & threat of Islam- Ev. Josephat Wangila
·         Contemporary issues facing the church- Rev. Prof. Canon J. Galgalo
·         Creative approach to ministry in the Anglican Church- Rev. Dr. Emily Onyango
·         Effective Urban Ministry- Rev. Richard Mayabi
·         Prayer and personal renewal- Rev. Canon Rosemary Mbogo
·         Economic Transformation & Missions- Rev. John Mark Oduor
·         Leadership & Revival- Bp. Joseph Wasonga

  • Revival Services on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 5:30 pm

 21 st September 2014

Sunday Services at All Saints Cathedral:  Rev. Paul Wasswa

Revival Service at 2pm: Rev. Paul Wasswa

Commissioning by Archbishop Eliud Wabukala
 
ADS KENYA WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR


Mr. Bwibo Adieri has been appointed the new Anglican Development Services Kenya Director.

Bwibo has a wide experience in program as well as organizational leadership and management spanning over 20 years. He has worked with the Government of Kenya and further has sharpened his skills in various established organizations such as National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), Hope For African Children Initiative and Plan. He joined NCCK as a business advisor and rose through the ranks to the level of director of programs. Later he joined Hope For African Children Initiative as the country director before joining Plan as the Regional program manager covering Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.

He seeks to invest his expertise in the Anglican church social transformation services to better implementation of development work nationwide

 
ARCHBISHOP ELIUD WABUKALA'S AUGUST 2014 PASTORAL LETTER TO GAFCON MEMBERS
August 2014 Gafocon pastoral letter
 
MAINSTREAM CHURCH LEADERS ISSUES PRESS STATEMENT ON THE STATE OF NATION

The leaders of the Mainstream Christian Churches in Kenya  comprising of the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Africa, Methodist Church in Kenya, Africa Inland Church and  National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), deliberated on the State of the Nation and released a press statement.

In the address to the nation, the mainstream church leaders relayed a message of condolence to the bereaved families in the terror- affected Coastal area of Mpeketoni. The leaders called upon the Government to act swiftly to end the spate of terror attacks in the country. Politicians and Kenyans were further urged to cease from inflammatory remarks that divide people along political, religious and other related divides. Citing the 2007/8 post- election violence, the leaders said such accounts preceded the ethnic violence thus should be avoided at all costs. They called upon Kenyans to esteem peace and cohesion for a better Country.

Read Full Press Statement Here

ARCHBISHOP ELIUD WABUKALA ISSUES STATEMENT ON MARRAGE

The Archbishop of Kenya - Statement on Marriage, All Saints Cathedral Nairobi 30th March 2014

My dear brothers and sisters,

This morning I feel it is necessary to state very clearly where the Anglican Church of Kenya stands on marriage. Our position is very clear. As a Church we have no other position than the teaching of the Bible, that marriage is the lifelong union of one man with one woman for the raising of children, joyful companionship and the blessing of society and the nation.

In his teaching about marriage, Jesus reaffirms that marriage is the coming together of a man and a woman in accordance with the pattern of creation itself when he says ‘from the beginning of creation God made them male and female' (Mark 10:6). For the health and well being of both church and society we must promote this great God given gift of marriage without compromise and ambiguity.

In Kenya today, this wonderful gift of marriage is under attack from outside the nation and within the nation.

From outside, we are being pressed by the West, and even parts of the Anglican Communion, into treating homosexuality as a human right, but this is to cheapen rights so that they become a demand that we tolerate individual preferences that are destructive of our moral fabric. The homosexual movement has become an ideology that attacks our human identity as male and female created in the image of God, and same sex marriage, which became legal yesterday in England, is therefore a profound rejection of the law of God.

To use the law of the land to legislate for an activity which is against the natural order, and consistently described as sinful in the Scriptures, is a very serious step which strikes at the heart of family life. It is a repudiation of God and his Word which should make us tremble and cry out for his mercy.

We must be vigilant for the future of our nation, so that our children my grow up in the fear of the Lord in loving, godly and caring families where they are protected from moral confusion and able to build their lives on the solid foundation of God's Word.

However, marriage is also under attack from within Kenya. I have to say that the proposal agreed by a majority of MPs last week to recognise in law the right of men to have as many wives as they like was cowardly and will be a backward step for Kenya if it becomes law. It is true that this legislation would not apply to Christian marriages, but we cannot stay quiet when we see the place of women in our society being demeaned. God's pattern is given for us in one man and one woman, Adam and Eve, before the fall and is reaffirmed in the New Testament where we see marriage used as a picture of the love of Christ for his bride, the Church.

My dear friends, we know we have many challenges in Kenya today, but let us make sure that our laws are godly, promoting justice and righteousness. Let us know God's presence with us for blessing and not for judgement and live full of faith and hope as we continue to build this great nation.

DIOCESE BUTERE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MISSION WORK

 

Archbishop Wabukala's Address to Butere Diocese ‘Hope & Transformation' Conference 8 th February 2014

It is a great landmark to be able to celebrate a century of gospel proclamation and discipleship in Butere. We thank God for the love, faith and perseverance of those who first brought the gospel to this place.

Looking back we can see the power of the Word of God. Even from very small beginnings in this place, the gospel spread far and wide to bring about the Church we see today. I am reminded of the words of our Lord in John chapter 10 verse 10 when he says ‘ I came that they might have life and have it abundantly'.

The abundant life which Jesus brings can be reflected in many ways – care for orphans and the homeless, justice and integrity in our government and judiciary, economic empowerment and the protection of the weak and marginalized, but it is important to remember today that these things are not the gospel itself. They are the fruit of the gospel. The new life we have in Christ comes through repentance and faith in Jesus as Lord as the one who died for our sins

Transformation can never be separated from salvation. We must always hold firmly to the cross and the need for personal conversion. So as we look forward to the next hundred years, let us make sure that we do not drift away from what we have heard. We must not forget the first half of the verse I have just quoted. Jesus has indeed come to bring us abundant life, but that wonderful statement comes with a warning that ‘ The thief comes only to kill and destroy'.

The world is connected today by technologies that those who first proclaimed the gospel here could never have imagined. This brings great opportunities, including the way in which our beloved Anglican Communion can become a reality in the experience of ordinary believers around the globe. But it also brings challenges because it opens the door wide to new temptations and false teachings.

The gospel is a message to be prized. It is something of great beauty because it brings the grace of God into our lives, so we must be alert to the strategies of the evil one who comes to kill and destroy. Our bishops and pastors must be good shepherds who protect the flock from the wolves and equip the whole people of God to be strong, well-taught and discerning disciples who put their hope fully in Christ.

So it is my prayer that as you begin a new century of Christian life and witness in Butere, you will keep a strong grip on the gospel. Let go of all that that leads to darkness, sin and confusion, and choose life. As we begin a new century of Christian life and witness here in Butere, may you continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.

The Most Rev. Dr Eliud Wabukala, EBS, Primate of Kenya

 
ARCHBISHOP ELIUD WABUKALA ADDRESSES GAFCON FAITHFULS

Archbishop Dr. Eliud Wabukala the Chairman of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GAFCON) Primates' Council, said that the movement is emerging as the only real answer to the Communion's problems of fragmentation and confusion.

In his address released on 29 th January 2014 to the GAFCON faithfuls and friends, the primate urged the people to continue with the Nairobi GAFCON II resolve to make disciples of all nations. “There's an urgency to preach the gospel thus no time to debate on the principles which have been clearly revealed in the Scriptures,” he said. He further said that the gospel should be proclaimed at all times, whether in strife torn nations or in the affluent but morally disorientated nations of the developed world.

Read The Full Statement from the GAFCON Primates Council Chairman

 

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH OF KENYA PAYS TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA

ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has implored leaders to learn from South African freedom hero Nelson Mandela and exercise servant leadership. Speaking at All Saints Cathedral during a Sunday service on 6 th December 2013, the archbishop urged leaders to unite the Judiciary, Parliament and the Executive  and start uniting the country through focused leadership.

Millions of people round the globe, join in mourning the South African leader who struggle for multi- racial unity liberated his country from apartheid. Leaders eulogized Mandela with memories of a legacy whose civil rights activism, fight for freedom and political democracy has inspired the entire global community

In condolence letter to The Most Rev'd Thabo  Makgoba Archbishop, Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Archbishop Wabukala described the late Mandela as ‘a leader who modelled

the Christian values of forgiveness for a whole society and a pioneer of reconciliation in a bitterly divided nation.'   

 
THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF KENYA HOSTS THE 2ND GLOBAL ANGLICAN FUTURE CONFERENCE (GAFCON)

The Anglican Church of Kenya is hosting the 2nd Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) meeting in Nairobi.

GAFCON and its Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans is a worldwide movement of provinces, dioceses, churches, organisations and individual Anglican Christians whose goal is to help reform, heal and revitalise the Anglican Communion and expand its mission to the world. The GAFCON meeting in Nairobi begun on Monday 21st October 2013, and will be ending on Saturday 26th October 2013.

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What you need to know about GAFCON

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TRIBUTE TO THE LATE RETIRED MOST REV. DR. DAVID MUKUBA GITARI


The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, on his behalf and on behalf of the entire church, would like to convey his heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the late retired Archbishop, Most. Rev. Dr. David Mukuba Gitari.

We mourn a great and inspirational leader who will be remembered by all for his courage and boldness in challenging oppressive spiritual, physical, intellectual and political power structures in Kenya. Archbishop Gitari lives behind a lasting legacy of the prophetic voice that saw him confront all forms of injustice in Kenya especially during the push for political pluralism.

He was a fearless champion for the rights of the poor and oppressed and never shied away from representing their interests through his fiery sermons.

The late Archbishop Gitari presided over tremendous church expansion and growth as evidenced in the number of new dioceses that were created during his tenure. He is also credited with the streamlining and strengthening of administrative structures as well as spearheading the review of the ACK constitution. While serving as Archbishop, mission work grew and spread including Theological Training Institutions and Education up to the congregation level. The late Archbishop will be remembered for advancing holistic mission by initiating and strengthening the community outreach and development work of the Anglican Church of Kenya through the then Christian Community Services (CCS) now Anglican Development Services (ADS).

We take this time to pray for his immediate and extended family during this difficult time of grief, that God would give them grace and comfort.

FARE WELL, MY BROTHER.

 
Job Opportunity: Provost, All Saints Cathedral Nairobi

All Saints' Cathedral Church, Nairobi, the Diocesan Cathedral of All Saints' Cathedral Diocese and the Provincial Cathedral of the Anglican Church of Kenya seek to recruit a person to fill the position of Provost. The Provost is the Parish Vicar and Chief Executive Officer of the Church which has a large congregation and multiple development and ministry projects. This is a 5 year contract renewable once.

Minimum qualifications:
-Education : Masters degree with at least one of the degrees being in theology or divinity
-Experience : A minimum of five (5) years as an ordained Anglican priest with relevant experience
-Age : From 35 to 55 years

Interested candidates are asked to collect copies of the job profile and requirements from the Diocesan offices of all the ACK Dioceses or the offices of All Saints' Cathedral Church, Nairobi or download from the following websites; www.ackenya.org or www.allsaintsnairobi.org

Submission requirements:
Ten (10) copies of application package must include cover letter, CV, copies of certificates and testimonials, recommendation letters from your Bishop and from two (2) other referees.

The applications must be posted to: The Secretary, Nomination Board, P.O. Box 40502 – 00100, Nairobi or dropped at ACK Head Office, 2 nd Floor, Wing ‘C', ACK Garden House, 1 st Ngong Avenue, Nairobi.

The application must reach the Secretary of the Nomination Board on or before 27 th September 2013 at 5:00pm.

 
Bishop of Thika Diocese Consecrated

The Rt. Rev. Julius Njuguna Wanyoike was on Sunday 8th September 2013 consecrated and enthroned as the second Bishop of Thika Diocese.

Hundreds of congregants joined the Archishop of Kenya, Bishops, clergy and other national leaders in the colorful event held at St. Andrew's Cathedral Thika.

In his charge themed "Sustaining Growth in Mission," Bishop Julius highlighted mission focus, pastoral ministry, discipleship, social transformation, mission partnerships and strengthening of management aand governance structires in the diocese as core areas he will focus on.

He urged the clergy and laity to work together towards the realization of the aspirations for a growing, caring Christian community that witnesses to the love of Christ.

Bishop Julius was ordained a deacon on 1st August 1993 at St. James Cathedral Kiambu and later in the year ordained a priest on 26th December 1993. His immediate former engagement was the Provost of All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi.

He is married to Esther Wanyoike and have been blessed with three daughters.

Bishop Julius succeeds Bishop Gideon Githiga who served in the diocese for fourteen years.

 
Archbishop Wabukala August Pastoral Letter to the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans

August 22, 2013

To the Faithful of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and friends
from Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya
and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates' Council
22nd August 2013

My dear brothers and sisters,

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

As I write, we are now only two months away from GAFCON 2013. There is much still to do, but over the past month great strides have been made and I am confident that this will be another wonderful and historic occasion.  Many of those who shared in the fellowship of our first gathering in Jerusalem remarked that it had been a once in a lifetime experience, but I believe that GAFCON 2013 will be equally memorable, yet in a different way. We remember the mighty acts of God in order to build faith for the present and, with thankful hearts for the foundation laid in Jerusalem, we look to the Lord to do a new thing as we gather in Nairobi.

Last week, my brother Archbishop Stanley of Uganda reminded us of why GAFCON 2013 is so necessary. It is now ten years since the Episcopal Church of the United States consecrated Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, despite the fact that he had left his wife and family and then later entered into a sexual relationship with a man. This action opened the door to the fragmentation of an already fragile Communion. It was in deliberate defiance of the collegial mind of the bishops worldwide expressed at the 1998 Lambeth Conference and became a serious hindrance to those of us committed to biblical evangelism and discipleship.

Archbishop Stanley rightly speaks of a spiritual cancer in the Communion, but we need to see that the overthrow by some Churches of the creation order of male and female is just one symptom of the disease. The cause is spiritual, the overthrow of God's Word as revealed and authoritative truth. So it is very appropriate that Archbishop Stanley also speaks of the need for confessing Anglicans to see themselves as a movement of revival, taking inspiration from the East African Revival. We need to learn from our history. Divisions about the Bible had spread to  some missionary organisations in East Africa after the First World War, but the leaders of the East African Revival knew that there could be no true evangelism and no true revival unless the Scriptures are allowed to speak as what they really are, the inspired Word of God.

So we can see why our affirmation in 2008 of the Jerusalem Declaration was so very important. We described it as ‘ a contemporary rule… to guide the movement for the future '. Anything less would have ‘ healed the wound of my people lightly ' (Jeremiah 8:11) given the widespread confusion about the gospel and Christian discipleship which we sought to address. Let me remind you of the commitment we made in the Jerusalem Statement to restore Scripture to its rightful place in the life of the Communion:

‘We, together with many other faithful Anglicans throughout the world, believe the doctrinal foundation of Anglicanism, which defines our core identity as Anglicans, is expressed in these words: The doctrine of the Church is grounded in the Holy Scriptures and in such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the said Scriptures. In particular, such doctrine is to be found in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal.'

On this foundation we can address the challenges of the twenty-first century with faith and confidence. Work is well advanced on the programme  for our time together and will include ‘mini-conferences' on topics such as gospel proclamation and culture, theological education,  economic empowerment and the church, marriage, family and sexuality, and engaging with Islam. It is intended that plans for action will be prepared on each theme and that we shall develop the necessary organisational structures to carry them out. Our work on these challenges will be a response to hearing God's Word taught and preached in the power of the Holy Spirit, trusting that the word of the Lord will not return to him empty, but will indeed accomplish that which he purposes.

To conclude, let me ask you to do two things as members of our global fellowship. Firstly, please be in earnest prayer for GAFCON 2013 and use the prayer bulletins which are posted weekly on the GAFCON website . Many are working very hard, but we need the Lord's overruling hand of blessing and protection, knowing that without his presence and mercy we can achieve nothing of lasting value. Secondly, please prayerfully consider your financial support. We have a number of brothers and sisters who would love to be with us from parts of the world where there is persecution and hardship and we do not want them to be excluded for lack of funding.

May the Lord who has called us to this gospel fellowship grant you fullness of joy and peace in his service.

The Most Rev Dr. Eliud Wabukala
Primate of Kenya and Chairman of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans

 
Nairobi Governor Welcomes GAFCON

Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero has welcomed the staging of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in October. Dr. Kidero pledged his assistance and support for the week-long meeting of Anglican leaders and lay people to be held at All Saints Cathedral in October.

A delegation led by Bishop Martyn Minns, one of the conference organisers, met the governor to inform him of the plans to bring over 1,000 delegates to the Kenyan capital for what Archbishop Eliud Wabukala describes as an assembly ""to listen to God, to pray, to deliberate, and to plan about the Anglican future, seeing it as a great spiritual and missionary fellowship, energised by the defence and proclamation of the gospel."

GAFCON and its Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans is a world-wide movement of provinces, dioceses, churches, organisations and individual Anglican Christians whose goal is to help reform, heal and revitalise the Anglican Communion and expand its mission to the world.

We confess the faith of Christ crucified, stand firm for the gospel in the global and Anglican context, and affirm the Jerusalem statement and Declaration, to guide the movement for the future.
(Pictured: Bishop Minns and Governor Kidero)

 
PHOTO COURTESY | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala introduces Deputy President William Ruto to church leaders at St James ACK Buruburu, Nairobi, on July 28, 2013, when the church marked its 30th anniversary.






 
GAFCON 2 Countdown: Archbishop to Relay Monthly Messages

Starting the month of July 2013, His Grace Archbishop Dr, Eliud Wabukala will be sending a monthly pastoral message to the GAFCON movement as its Chairman.

The Anglican Church of Kenya is privileged to host the second Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) to be held from October 21st-25th 2013 at the All Saints Cathedral Nairobi.

The GAFCON 2 theme is drawn from the great commission captured in Mathew 28:19 “Make disciples...and behold I am with you to the end of age.” The first Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) was held in Jerusalem from 22– 29 June in 2009. The spiritual movement was formed to preserve and promote the truth and power of the gospel of salvation. The global movement has mobilized Anglicans worldwide.
Click the link for July 2013 Message

Eulogizing the 'Grace of Africa'

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the outskirts of Machakos town on Tuesday 18th June 2013,for the funeral service of Grace Wambua.

Ms. Wambua was fatally attacked by her farm worker on Saturday 8th June 2013 in Machakos, on the outskirts of Nairobi. The assailant fled and is still at large. She served as the Manager of the ACK guesthouse Nairobi for over 15 years and had envisioned the ongoing expansion of the facility.

Speaking at the service, Archbishop Dr. Eliud Wabukala described her as a focused leader who was dedicated to service with diligence. "I counted on her as one of the main pillars in the hospitality ministry. Whenever I delegated an assignment to her, I counted it done," he said.

Messages of condolences were recieved from various Anglican Provinces in the world and other para-church organizations which had interacted with her. Eulogized as the Grace of Africa, the day was filled with praises for her attention to detail, integrity and excellence. "She always recieved the guests with such hospitality that we felt at home at the guest house," reminisced one of the guests.

Relatives and friends proposed an annual 'Integrity and Excellence Awards' as well as a building in memory of her devotion to ministry and admirable character. She inpsired many with her passion for soul winning, nature, environmental conservation, agriculture, interior design and hospitality. "She always had something to share whenever she visited, and though a disciplinarian, she was a role model to all of us," recalls one of the nieces.

GAFCON 2 Preparations Underway
The Anglican Church of Kenya is privileged to host the second Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) to be held from October 21st-25th at the All Saints Cathedral Nairobi.

A planning committee is working to organize the conference’s coordination, transport, wor-ship, hospitality and other logistics. A total of 1,200 delegates are expected to attend the conference which has been viewed as one of the milestone events of the Anglican move-ment as it discusses her future. The team comprises of professionals who are heading task teams and teaming with volun-teers to ensure a successful event. The intercessory team plans to coordinate monthly prayer meetings, disseminate a collect to all dioceses and hold chain prayers for the event. Approved entrepreneurs will display various items for sale from ACK institutions as well as other souvenirs that display the rich African culture.
Space allocation for the exhibitions, press centre, hospitality, parking and prayer rooms have been designated. Audio– visual equipment installation is being fast– tracked at the cathedral. The task groups meet bi– weekly to report on progress and make recommendations for the event.
The GAFCON 2 theme is drawn from the great commission captured in Mathew 28:19 “Make disciples...and behold I am with you to the end of age.”

The first GAFCON conference was held in Jerusalem in 2008.
105th Archbishop of Canterbury Inaugurated

What happens when an Archbishop is enthroned?
The modern term would be inauguration, but 'enthronement' remains appropriate: this ceremony is all about the Archbishop of Canterbury 'taking his seat' - in fact, two seats.

First, the Archbishop is installed on the Diocesan throne as the Bishop of the see of Canterbury, the oldest diocese in the English church. He is then installed on the chair of St. Augustine as Primate of All England – the ‘first bishop' in the country. This latter enthronement represents the Archbishop's inauguration as the spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Three knocks on the door
While Archbishop Justin waits outside the cathedral's west door, the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, Robert Willis, is inside reading out a letter from the Queen, Supreme Governor of the Church of England. This letter authorises the Dean and cathedral community representatives to go to the church's west door to greet the Archbishop.

In the famous tradition, the Archbishop then strikes the door three times with his pastoral staff, and the Dean opens the door to greet him. The Archbishop is then led up to the nave altar, where he swears an oath of faithfulness to the statutes of the Church of England and an oath of faithfulness to the Queen of England. The Dean then presents the Archbishop with the ancient Canterbury Gospels, brought to England by St Augustine in 597, on which he swears faithfulness.

Two Seats
The Archbishop is then enthroned on his seats, marking the core of the ceremony. First he is led to the Diocesan throne and installed by the Archdeacon of Canterbury as Bishop of the See of Canterbury. He is then led to the chair of St Augustine where the Dean installs him as Primate of All England. Having been installed, Archbishop reads the Gospel and preaches a sermon from St Augustine's chair.

The Archbishop's robes
Archbishop Justin chose to wear robes originally designed and made for the late Bishop of Peterborough, Ian Cundy. These were bought as a gift for Ian from the students and staff at Cranmer Hall, Durham where the Archbishop was a student. Archbishop Justin wore them in gratitude to a teacher and bishop who had a formative impact on his ministry. The robes' design is based on the first miracle that Jesus did at the wedding in Cana. The blues and purples represent water changing into wine, as well as baptismal waters. The three fish suggest the Holy Trinity, while serving as a reminder to Christians to be partners in mission as fishers of men. The robes were designed and made by Juliet Hemingray.

The date of the ceremony resonates in several ways: March 21st is the feast day of St. Benedict of Monte Cassino, a significant figure for both Canterbury Cathedral and Archbishop Justin himself, who is an oblate of the Order of Benedict. A thousand years ago, the cathedral was a Benedictine monastery.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's public ministry commenced on Thursday 21st March 2013, when he was enthroned - or 'installed' - in two special seats in Canterbury Cathedral.

Anglican Church Holds A National Prayer Week

The Anglican Church of Kenya(ACK) set aside the week of 18th to 24th February 2013 as a Prayer and fasting week for the elections.

Bishops, the Provosts, all the clergy and those that were trained by the Province during the National Prayer Conference spearheaded the initiative in ensuring the prayer points were circulated within the Diocese and are used as a guide for prayer. The prayer guide was used instead of Prayer for the Day for all the Sundays preceding the election date – 4th March 2013. Clergy in charge of Parishes/congregations opened churches for intecessory prayers for the entire Prayer Week.

The ACK also released a press statement addressing various issues on the state of the nation, calling upon Kenyans to uphold peace in the lectioneering period and accept the election results. "We are emerging from an experience where violence was triggered by disputed presidential election results. Our prayer is that free and fair elections will be held and that political aspirants and their supporters will accept the election results. All Kenyans should give room for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision to conclude its task of announcing results. Judicial means must be our only recourse in settling any disputes that may arise," remarked ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala as he read the statemement after a Bishop's consultation in Nakuru.

No To Civil Partnerships

The decision by Church of England to allow clergy in civil partnerships to serve as Bishops has drawn debate from all over the world.

The Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Eliud Wabukala denounced the stand citing it as completely contrary to the clear and historic teaching of Scripture, as reaffirmed for Anglicans by the 1998 Lambeth Conference. In a letter to the Church of England's house of Bishops, he said that bishops have a particular responsibility to be examples of godly living and the requirment that bishops with Civil Partners to be celibate is clearly unworkable.

Archbishop Wabukala referred to Mark 10:6 ‘from the beginning of creation God made them male and female’ as the reference on God's model of marriage that should be adhered to without compromise. He further said that the move will create confusion about Anglican moral teaching and make restoring unity to the Communion an even greater challenge.

The provisions of the UK’s Civil Partnership legislation mimics marriage for same sex couples.

Archbishop Gives New Year Message

Archbishop Dr. Eliud Wabukala gave a message of hope in the new year service held at All Saints Cathedral Nairobi. The theme of the message "Arise and shine for your light has come" called upon all Christians to take proactive actions to participate in the change they desire to see in the new year. He relayed hope to the nation and the church echoing that the transitions taking place will only help shape a better future.

"As we read the newspapers we find some commentators are optimistic and some are pessimistic. Both views can find evidence to support their position, but I want today to say that we Christians should be people with a strong hope in the promises of Scripture and the power of prayer" he remarked.

The second Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON 2) has been scheduled to take place in Nairobi in the month of October later in the year, hosting Anglican leaders from around the globe. This will be a strategic moment in the reshaping of the Anglican Communion to fulfil the vision for global mission and a time to experience a foretaste of that glorious gathering of the people of God which Isaiah prophesied.

Archbishop Wabukala urged Kenyans to conduct the campaigning period with dignity,respect for one another and a willingness to take responsibility for the outcome, with those who loose accepting defeat, as the country prepares for the 4th March 2013 General elections. The New Year Message

105th Archbishop of Canterbury Appointed

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has announced the appointment of the Right Reverend Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, following The Queen's approval of his nomination.

Bishop Justin already has rich knowledge and experience of the Anglican Communion, and brings great pastoral and intellectual gifts to this position. He is a gifted communicator, deeply committed to the engagement between the Christian faith and an increasingly challenging secular society. He is a person of deep prayer and spirituality, with a passionate commitment to furthering God's mission.

The current Archbishop Rowan Williams announced his acceptance of the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge with effect from January 2013. He will therefore be stepping down from the office of Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of December 2012. Rowan Williams has been the Archbishop of Canterbury since 2002.

GAFCON Primates Meeting Held

ArchbishopEliud Wabukala chaired the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GFCA) Primates Council, 22-25 October, in Dar es Salaam.The delegates were welcomed by the Primate of Tanzania, the Most Revd Valentino Mokiwa, who is also a member of the Council.

In June 2008, 1,200 delegates representing the majority of practising Anglicans around the world came together in response to a spiritual crisis and held the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem. It formed a fellowship, the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GFCA), and committed to supporting the Anglicans who had been forced out of their spiritual homes by church leaders who had denied the orthodox faith, either in word or deed. “We believe the doctrinal foundation of Anglicanism which defines our core identity is expressed in the words that the doctrine of the church is grounded in the Holy scriptures, and in particular such doctrine is to be found in the thirty nine articles of religion, the book of common prayer and the ordinal,’ notes GAFCON Statement 2008.

Sadly, the response to GAFCON by the Western leadership of the Communion has been to systematically use its ample financial resources to focus on dialogue – the so called ‘listening process’ or ‘continuing indaba’ – and issues of aid and economic empowerment without any clear biblical framework.

This means that the work of the GFCA and its Primates Council continues to be vital for the future. At Dar es Salaam, it was agreed that ‘GAFCON 2’ in 2013 would take as its theme the declaration of the gospel ‘In the midst of much conflict’ (1 Thessalonians 2:2).This is a global reality for many, where the church and her leadership seeks to promote biblical values amidst a secular culture.

The conflict we are in is not of course a struggle against flesh and blood. It is a spiritual battle for which the church needs to be equipped by faithful teaching which nourishes the soul and fortifies the mind, so it was therefore very encouraging that the Primates reaffirmed their commitment to resource the GFCA through a Theological Commission.

At Dar es Salaam, the Most Reverend Henri Isingoma, Primate of the Anglican Church of the Congo, was welcomed as a member of the Primates Council and a new regional Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans is being formed in Australia. The Council meeting closed with a service of Holy Communion in St. Alban’s Cathedral and it was very encouraging to see how strongly the congregation expressed their desire to stand with the GAFCON movement.

Many commentators have noted that the centre of gravity of global Christianity is now to be found in Africa. The Anglican Church of Kenya supports the quality of discipleship and witness matters as never before.

Story by: Revd Charles Raven, Archbishops Officer for Anglican Communion

 
Archbishop Condemns Explosive Attack on Church

One child died while eight others were injured when unknown assailants hurled an improvided explosive device at Anglican Church of Kenya St. Polycarp Parish on Juja Road in Nairobi.

On the fateful day, 30th September 2012, the church service was going on when the explosion occurred at the Sunday school building.

"My son wheeled me to the church service then left for Sunday School," recounts Mr. Maina who lost a nine year old son in the blast.

ACK ArchbishopEliud Wabukala, and Bishop Joel Waweru of Nairobi Diocese visited and prayed with four of the six children admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital, Children's Ward.

“This is a cruel provocation, but I appeal to Christians not to feed violence with violence, either in word or deed, because we are called to overcome evil with good,” remarked Archbishop Wabukala in a press statement condemning the attack.  

Nairobi Provincial Commissioner Mr. Njoroge Ndirangu and Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims Secretary General Sheikh Adan Wachu gathered at the scene and expressed their disapproval of the of the heinous act.

Bishop Waweru  and Provincial Commissioner Ndirangu later visited the bereaved family who lost a nine year old son, Ian Maina. Ian succumbed to injuries after the improvised explosive device was hurled at their Sunday school class blowing the roof off. The assailants escaped on foot in a nearby path.

Photo: Archbishop Eliud Wabukala and Bishop Joel Waweru pray for Ian Muchiri (7years) at Kenyatta National Hospital Children's Ward, Nairobi

ACK Provincial Secretary Elected NCCK Chair

Canon Rosemary Mbogo, the Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church of Kenya has been elected the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) Chair.

The position is significant as the Rev. Rosemary is the first woman chair person elected in that capacity since the history of NCCK. Rev. Rosemary will serve in the post for three years. Archbishop TImothy Ndambuki of Africa Brotherhood Church was elected as the Vice Chair. The elections took place during the 61st General Assembly at the Jumuia Conference and Beach Resort, Kanamai in Mombasa. Hundred of delegates from all over the country represented their respective member churches.

Currently, NCCK has 26 member churches, among them Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Africa Brotherhood Church, Episcopal Church of Africa and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya.

Wajibika: Launching a Campaign For One Million New Voters

Kenya Anglican Youth Organization (KAYO), on 14th August 2012 celebrated the Golden Jubilee to mark the 50th anniversary since it was started in 1962 by the late Bishop Obadiah Kariuki. The celebrations were held during the annual KAYO conference at Senior Chief Koinange Girls' High School in Kiambu from 13th to 18th August 2012.

During the celebrations, Wajibika Initiative, a civic campaign programme was launched aimed at mobilizing one million youth across Kenya to register as voters and cast their votes in the coming General Elections. Focused youth trainings and civic education is ongoing in a number of dioceses to empower them to elect capable and trustworthy leaders who will contribute to the growth of our country pegged on the reform agenda that the ACK supports.

Global South Leaders Emphasize on Discipleship

More than 100 delegates from provinces in the Global South (comprising Africa, Asia, the Pacific and South America) gathered together in prayer, fellowship and listening to the teaching of the Word in Bangkok, Thailand on 16 th - 20 th July 2012.

The Global South Conference on Decade of Mission and Networking brought together Global south leaders who are committed to the apostolic-historic faith and were also joined by a number of mission partners from other parts of the Communion and various mission agencies.

Insights were drawn from the Book of Romans where participants were challenged to see Mission as “calling people from among the nations to the obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5 cf., 15:18, 16:26).

Christians individually and the Church corporately need to witness holistically in the expanding spheres of community, nation and the world at large hence the choice of the Conference theme “to offer our sanctified bodies (churches) and renewed minds as living sacrifices” for our Lord's glory.

A resurgence of traditional religious-cultural groups on the one hand, and hardened secularism and materialism on the other are some of the serious challenges that the global church is facing. In the face of these challenges, the way forward is to equip our churches with an emphasis on discipleship and character formation. There were intensive discussions on the need for theological and economic empowerment and establishing constructive partnerships to encourage each Province to be self-reliant.

Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, sent a note of greeting and affirmed his support for the work of the Conference.
Photo: Archbishop Dr. Eliud Wabukala during the conference Story Courtesy: Anglican Communion News Service

 
ACK Promotes Education in Mumias

ACK Archbishop, Dr. Eliud Wabukala with the host Bishop Beneah Salala laid foundation stones for three schools for girls in Mumias Diocese.

Koyonzo Mixed secondary school is planning to open a separate wing for girls while Lubinu Girls Secondary school new classes built by the board and Constituency Development fund were opened. The Archbishop also spent time with pupils of Koyonzo Primary School and prayed with them. (photo left)

The purpose of constructing schools and expanding existing facilities within the locality is to encourage parents to enroll more children. At the moment, the schools have over 1,500 pupils.

The engagement of churches in the education sector started with the early mis-sionaries who integrated education with church planting as an evangelism strategy.

Kenya Vision 2030 under the social pillar, plans to reduce illiteracy by increasing access to education at a proposed school enrolment rate of 95%.

 

ACK Holds A Revival Conference

Delegates from various parts of the country attended the Divine Conference at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi. The revival conference was held from 24th - 27th May 2012, hosting renowned local and international speakers. Among them is the ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi Jos, Nigeria and other bishops from Kenya. The conference entails Bible expositions and teachings while the evening sessions incorporated sessions of prayer and worship.

In his keynote address during the opening ceremony, Archbishop Wabukala described revival as the awakening that the church needs to accomplish her purpose in God. "We cannot plan for revival. It's an act of God meeting a willing heart that is ready for a new dimension," he said.

"I'ts a refreshing experience like never before. It reminds us of the East African revival. God is doing a new thing among the willing vessels," said one of thedelegates.

Towards a Global Communion for the 21st Century

More than 200 delegates from 25 countries and 30 Provinces of the Anglican Communion gathered in London from 23rd to 27th April 2012 to build on the work of the Global Anglican Future Conference ( GAFCON) in Jerusalem.

The conference was preceded by The Primates Council of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) meeting for over three days, April 19th- 21st 2012 in London. The leaders met at St. Mark's Battersea Rise in London for five days of prayer, planning and plenary sessions.

With the theme, “ The supremacy of Christ over all creation, including his church and our very lives ,” the leaders, clergy and laity, committed to the preaching and defence of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in and through the Anglican Communion. Seminars ranged over key topics such as evangelism, family, economic empowerment, the Gospel, church and spiritual leadership under pressure.

The five days of the conference included daily worship and testimony, Bible studies and plenary sessions to strengthen the worldwide churches in delivering the Christian message to the world. The interactive seminars include explorations of spiritual leadership, family, evangelism, development and aid, the nature of the gospel and the theology of the church to equip the churches to defend and sustain the faith.

In his keynote address at the GAFCON/ Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) the GAFCON Primates Council Chairman Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya, termed the event as a key moment in following God's guidance for the Anglican Communion to overcome challenges and continuing crisis. Drawing from Micah 6:8, The Archbishop outlined the extent of unbiblical teaching in the communion and declared “The heart of the crisis we face is not only institutional, but spiritual.”

“ After some 450 years it is becoming clear that what some have called the ‘Anglican experiment' is not ending in failure, but is on the verge of a new and truly global future in which the original vision of the reformers can be realized as never before,” he remarked.

The delegates including bishops, clergy and laity, committed to mission and mutual support of GAFCON 2008 and to the goals of the FCA.

In 2008 the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) was held in Jerusalem, drawing together more than 1100 Anglicans from around the world, including bishops, clergy and laity. The GAFCON conference held in Jerusalem established a Primates Council representing the majority of the world's Anglicans and set up a global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans as a movement within the Communion. The gathering in London is the first leadership conference since the landmark GAFCON meeting in Jerusalem in 2008.

The next Global Anglican Future Conference, with invitees including clergy and lay people, as well as bishops is scheduled for May 2013.

Photo Courtesy: GAFCON website

Respect the Rule of Law, ACK Leaders Urge Kenyans

The Archbishop, Bishops, Regional Development Coordinators and Heads of Departments & Institutions of the Anglican Church of Kenya, met at the ACK Mombasa Guest House from 20th to 22nd March 2012 and deliberated on the progress of constitutional reforms and the state of the nation.

The consultation aimed at discussing the ACK advocacy agenda in the run up to Kenya's first general elections under the new constitutional dispensation, discussed the political scenarios emerging in the nation and the role of the church in national cohesion.

The ACK leaders called upon Kenyans to respect the rule of law and support the institutions delegated to make laws regarding the disputed poll dates. “The debate regarding the date for elections must not distract Kenyans from focusing on the process that will lead to free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections. The process is more important than the date. However, elections must be held as close as possible to the end of the term of the current parliament,” said the Archbishop in statement released during a press conference held after the meeting.

Full Press Release link

Evangelism and Church Growth Initiative Core Group Meets in Kenya

The Evangelism and Church Growth Initiative Core Group was invited and welcomed to St Julian's retreat centre, Limuru, by the Most Rev Dr Eliud Wabukala, Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya. He presided at the first Eucharist and issued a challenge that in mission Jesus should be at the centre. Each morning's session began with a biblical reflection and discussion on how Jesus went about his evangelism, and what should be learnt from his approach.

The core group began their meeting by visiting St Jerome's and the Church Army Africa Urban Mission Centre in Kibera, Nairobi.  Kiberais the biggest informal urban settlement in Africa. St Jerome's, which has planted five new congregations in recent years, is the fastest growing parish in All Saints Cathedral Diocese. This visit introduced the group to an exciting context from which to inform and enrich their discussion.

Archbishop Eliud also invited  the ECGI Core Group to join the clergy and mission practitioners from All Saints Cathedral Diocese and Nairobi Diocese for a workshop on the theme of ‘perfect balance in mission and ministry'. During the workshop practitioners from Kenya and the core group reflected on prioritising  evangelism (fishing for people) as well as pastoral ministry and discipleship (feeding the sheep) within our different contexts.

ECGI is now in touch with over 500 people with its bi-monthly newsletter, Witness6.7 , being distributed by posted hard copy, web-link, email, and its facebook group Anglican Witness . In discussing how people communicate  within the Communion, the group became aware that for young people, and generally in an increasing number of countries, the preferred means of communication is through the smart phone rather than the computer and was challenged to consider using Twitter and explore the use of mobile web sites .

The group received a report on Unreached People Groups and had a fulsome discussion on the urgent yet complex way for Anglican engagement. In discussing future directions for ECGI,the group agreed to further develop: regional collaboration; gathering, collecting, categorising, and highlighting evangelism and church growth resources; support conferences; encourage prayer; establish  stable representation on the core group; advocate for the language of evangelism to become owned and understood by the whole church; promote  a closer relationship between evangelism and discipleship. It was agreed to recommend that ECGI be renamed after its facebook group as Anglican Witness, so that its purpose is more obvious.
Story Courtesy: Anglican Communion News Service

Archbishop Gives Lent Message for 2012

The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Dr. Eliud Wabukala gave the lent mesaage for the year at All Saints Cathedral Nairobi on Wednesday 22nd February 2012.

Addressing the congregation during the Ash Wednesday service which is marked annually at the beginning of the lent season, he called upon the people to take personal responsibility to create the desired change in the community and nation at large. "The good news of the gospel is that transformation begins with ordinary men, women and children, however sinful or insignificant we may feel. It is not a responsibility we can leave to governments and agencies, but a challenge to fulfil the purposes of Almighty God in our place for our time", he remarked.

To the nation of Kenya, he urged all Christians to model what it means to live in peace, practicing tolerance and forgiveness in this election season.
Click on the link for the full lent pastoral letter: Lent Message 2012

11th CAPA Council Opens in Burundi

The Council of the Anglican Council of Africa (CAPA) is held the 11th Council meeting in Bujumbura, Burundi. The meeting which was hosted by the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi took place from 4th–8th February 2012.

With the theme “Harnessing our unity to unlock our potential and secure our future” the 11th CAPA Council meeting brought together Primates or their representatives, clergy and lay people from the 12 Anglican Provinces of Africa along with partners and other observers from around the world.

The Council that is held every four years opened with a vibrant welcoming service of Holy Communion in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Bujumbura at which the Dean of the Cathedral, Rev. Canon Paul Ntukamazina; the Bishop of Bujumbura, the Right Rev. Pie Ntukamazina and the Archbishop, the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi welcomed the delegates and other guests.

The Minister of Home Affairs who represented the Government of Burundi remarked that the meeting was held in the year that Burundi is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Independence and establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He commended the Church's contribution to Burundi's peace and sustainable development.

In his preaching, The Most Rev. Ian Ernest, Archbishop of the Province of the Indian Ocean and chair of CAPA said that as the Body of Christ in unity we must reflect Christ in word and actions, through proclaiming the Gospel and reaching out in service to the world. Archbishop Ernest took the opportunity to congratulate the people of Burundi for rising to the challenge of consolidating a spirit of unity and thanked the Church of Burundi for its hospitality.

A sense of unity marked the service as Archbishops from different Provinces joined the Bishops of the Anglican Church of Burundi in prayer for the Church, the world and the CAPA Council meeting and released a communique and resolutions that will guide work in future.

The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Dr. Eliud Wabukala attended the meeting.

Story Courtesy: Anglican Communion News Service Photo Credit: Anglican Church of Burundi

Nakuru and Kajiado Dioceses Welcome New Bishops

After the peaceful process held on Saturday 26th November 2011, Canon Joseph Kamwati Muchai was elected the new Bishop of Nakuru Diocese. On the same day, Rev. Gadiel Katanga was elected as the new bishop on Kajiado Diocese.

In a colorful ceremony held on Sunday 8th January 2012 in Nakuru, he was consecrated and enthroned as the new bishop of the diocese. Bishop Muchai is a holder of Masters degree in Theology from Queens University in Belfast . He is married and blessed with two children. Bishop Kamwati succeeds Bishop Stephen Njihia Mwangi who has served in the diocese for 21 years.

Kajiado Diocese also welcomed the new Bishop Gadiel Katanga Lenini in a consecration and enthronement service which was held on Sunday 15th January 2012. A graduate of St. Paul's College in Limuru, Bishop Katanga has been the provost of St. Emmanuel Cathedral in Kajiado. He is married and blessed with three children. Bishop Katanga succeeds Bishop Daniel Taama who has served in the diocese for 14 years.

ACK Speaks Comfort to Kenyans

The Provincial Synod of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) meeting at the All Saints’ Cathedral Trinity Centre on 30th September 2011 expressed concern about the calamities experienced in the recent past in our country.

In a press statement released, Archbishop Dr. Eliud Wabukala, spoke a message of comfort to those who have lost loved ones in the several cases of road carnage, the Sinai slum and Busia tanker fires, deaths caused by the consumption of lethal local brews, collapsing of buildings under construction and the inhaling of poisonous chlorine fumes in Shauri Moyo. "Some of these disasters are preventable, if only individuals and corporate institutions would be more proactive in protection of human life," said the Archbishop Wabukala.

As the cost of living escalates, the church urged the Government to consider eliminating some of the taxes temporarily until the economic crunch is over to show solidarity with the majority of Kenyans who are struggling to make ends meet. They also called upon the Parliament to respect the decision of Kenyans to vote in the Proposed Constitution and refrain from piecemeal amendment to alter the election date of general elections from August to December of every fifth year. Instead, it was recommended that Parliament awaits the outcome of the Supreme court ruling on the issue.

Kenyans were also urged to remain calm and let justice take its course as the hearings for confirmation of charges continue in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague. The pursuit of justice for the victims of the post- election violence experienced in Kenya in 2007, has been one accompanied with controversies on the investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators."The church will continue in prayer as we trust for peace and solidarity of Kenyans during the upcoming elections and a common desired future," said the Archbishop.

ACK Holds Consultation on Development

Over 70 Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) development actors from various regions in the country congregated in ACK Imani Guest and Conference Centre in Nakuru for a two- day consultation to review ACK work in social transformation. The ACK Archbishop, Provincial heads of departments, Provincial boards' chairmen, Board of Social services, representatives from various regions and Directorate of Social Services (DOSS) staff were among the participants.

The ACK has been doing development work around the country for over 35 years with great success and impact. The operational context and landscape has changed tremendously over the years thus necessitating the consultation to discuss ways of improving the work.

ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, called upon the development agents to familiarize with the new constitution in order to contextualize and make relevant the social transformation approaches in future. Archbishop Emeritus David Gitari, drawing from Matthew 9: 35- 38, challenged the participants to reach out to the needs of the communities they serve since development is the bridge to evangelism.

ACK's re-engineering of the development work design seeks to give it a new lease of life and vigor to keep it efficient, relevant and competitive in the coming years. As regions displayed their work, it gave an opportunity for stakeholders in ACK development to meaningfully interact with the ongoing work in the communities, with a view to re-direct the strategic direction of this work.

ACK hopes to make the consultation an annual event where local stakeholders in form of owners and doers of development work can get together to showcase their work, identify gaps and deliberate on how to sustain and grow the development agenda of ACK.

Anglican Youth Unite For Synergy

The annual Provincial Kenya Anglican Youth Organization (KAYO) conference dubbed “Tuvute Pamoja” was held at St. George's Grassland Academy in Nakuru Diocese from 8th to 13th August 2011. The theme “Together for Christ” was drawn from Amos 3:3 that says, “How can two walk together unless they agree?” The conference was officially opened by the Archbishop of Kenya, The Most Rev. Dr. Eliud Wabukala during a Holy Communion service in which he launched the KAYO Strategic Plan 2010-2013.

Various bishops and clergy were present among them the host Bishop Stephen Njihia of Nakuru Diocese and the Provincial KAYO chairman, Bishop Jackson Ole Sapit of Kericho Diocese. The Military Episcopate Diocese provided their army band that led the conference in praise and worship alongside regional worship teams. Bishop Dr. Joseph Wasonga of Maseno West Diocese was the conference main speaker. He became a ‘wounded healer' delivering God's word with utter simplicity bringing many young people to faith in Christ. The program included interactive workshops with various topics among them “sexuality” that was led by a professional counselling consultancy team from Kenya Youth for Christ.

Among the highlights of the event was the “Talent Night” where the young people expressed their talents and creativity through folk songs, solo and group songs, poems, dances and skits. The clergy and other church leaders were urged to effectively use the talents for holistic ministry of the Church especially for reaching out to the youth who are not in the Church.

In the cultural night, the youth dressed in different attire representing the rich cultural heritage from various tribes across the nation. The salient message underlying this gesture was an invitation to accept and embrace all cultures and celebrate what they bring to the body of Christ, for the purposes of national cohesion and peaceful inter-ethnic co- existence, especially as the nation of Kenya moves towards 2012 General elections.

The Tuvute Pamoja conference integrated sports activities including swimming in an Olympic size swimming pool, football, netball, basketball and volleyball. They equally enjoyed the fun of swinging, taking walks in the expansive school compound, and playing indoor games. This e provided the youth with an opportunity to build new friendships, learn from one another, show-case talents and share unique stories.

A total of 1500 trees were planted by the youth, with 1000 trees planted at St. George's Grassland Academy and 500 trees at Rohi School both in Nakuru. The proprietor of St George's Academy termed the initiative as “A creative and wonderful step by the ACK in engaging the youth in conserving the environment.”

ACK Advocacy Committee Calls For Action

The Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) advocacy committee meeting at Mombasa Guesthouse on 3rd August 2011, called upon the Government of Kenya to urgently respond to the pertinent issues affecting our country, drought and the slow pace of the constitution implementation process.

In a press release, "A Call to Action," the church commended the efforts of Kenyans to raise funds to provide food in kind for their compratriots affected by drought and famine. They called upon the Government to consider long term intervention such as water harvesting and ensuring adequate food reserves are in stock to avert dire effects of drought in future. "What mechanisms are in place to ensure food harvested in productive areas is preserved in strategic reserves and distributed when need arises?" remarked the statement.

On the Constitition, the politicians were called upon to remain focused on drawing up and submission of crucial bills for debate to facilitate the implementation of the new Constitution, as the first anniversary of the promulgation draws near. That not withstanding, the Constitution Oversight Implementation Committee and the Constitution Implementationj Committee were lauded for their efforts and achievements in the process so far.

Archbishop Of Canterbury Reflects on His Visit to Kenya
The Anglican Church of Kenya has been a very significant and honorable role in the history of the country since independence. This visit has helped me understand why this has been and still is the case. Many of its leaders have courageously resisted oppressive and corrupt government.

Archbishop of Kenya, Eliud Wabukala has played what everyone agrees was a key part in holding communities together in periods of violent conflict working tirelessly for lasting reconciliation and justice.

At grassroot level, this is a church with enormous energy and creativity. The emphasis on holistic ministry working both for spiritual maturity and for the regeneration of communities is visible at every level. We are priviledged to see it at work both in small rural communities and in the urban slums.

This visit has been very joyful and fruitful visit for me and I thank God for the great witness of this treasured part of the Anglican family.

Archbishop Of Canterbury Concludes His Visit to Kenya

Archbishop Dr. Eliud Wabukala and the entire Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams in a historic visit to Kenya.

Archbishop Wabukala together with the heads of Departments recieved Archbishop Rowan Williams and his delegationwho arrived in Kenya on 18th June 2011 for a provincial visit.

The two Archbishops have so far visited several dioceses each with a tree planting and signing of the guest book exercise to commemorate the high profile visit. The bishops, clergy and congreagations of all the areas visited counted it a great honor for the delegation to pay a courtesy call to the respective dioceses.

It was a culmination of diocesan and development projects visit to have fellowship with Christians and the communities in the country.

Among the highlights so far are the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Nakuru and the dedication of the site for the building of the proposed Kenya Anglican University (KAU) at Kanyuambora area in Mbeere. In community development, the team interacted with the community in Machakos which implements a biogas project as part of climate friendly energy use.

The Archbishop of Kenya also had the opportunity to show Dr. Williams some of the transforming work being done by the Church at grass-roots level, helping local communities to face the challenges of poverty and the effects of climate change. These included a visit to a village in Machakos which had implemented a biogas initiative to bring greener energy to their rural community and also engaged with a church-community mobilisation project in Embu which had successfully brought sustainable change to their food production by working together towards a shared vision.

Reflecting on their experiences over the past few days, the two Archbishops said: The visit has been a joyful and fruitful one for us both, and we thank God for the great witness of this treasured part of the Anglican family. The journey together has provided global perspective on the riches of our faith in Christ as members of the Anglican Communion. We need to continue to uphold this fellowship as a gift from God through His Son Jesus Christ for our common witness in the world. This visit has strengthened the historic fellowship between our two Provinces, and we will continue to hold the mission and witness of our churches in prayer.”

A theological public forum with the theme; "The Church's Role in Holistic Mission in the 21st Century," was held at All Saints Cathedral Nairobi.

(Photo: Archbishop Eliud Wabukala and Archbishop Rowan Williams lay foundation stone at the proposed Kenya Anglican University Site)

China's Delegation Visits ACK

A delegation of twelve from the Ministry of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) People's Republic of China, visited the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) to learn on how the church relates with the state.

The delegation was headed by Minister of the State Administration for Religious Affairs in China,Minister Wang Zuoan, who was accompanied by Directors from the Ethical and Religious Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Policy and Regulation, Religious Research Centre and Catholicism Affairs in his department.

The visit was courtesy of the Primates of Global South Anglican Communion which includes South America, Africa and Asia, coordinated by the Archbishop of Singapore; seeking to establish a relationship between the Kenya's and Chinese Church and strengthen each other in mission and social transformation.

In his introductory remarks, Minister Wang said that for many years the linkage between Kenya and China has been on policy, economic and cultural sectors yet no formal relationship with religion had been established. “As we learn from each other during this visit, we hope a friendship between the two countries will be created,” he said.

More than spiritual nourishment the Anglican church engages in social transformation to offer holistic ministry. Some of the development sectors the church engages in include water, health and sanitation, food security, education and care for the needy and the orphans. The ACK has emphasis on provision of knowledge liaising with the Government in the education sector. This active role has been recognized by the Government thus involving ACK in policy formulation and the ongoing revision on the education system in Kenya. The major way that the church gets involved to the grassroot level is through the pastoral network which gives feedback on the community needs which are integrated in the education system.

Social transformation is done with resources from the Kenyan government, foreign government, local mobilization and the church. Environmental sustainability is also emphasized and national reconciliation has been one of the biggest milestones of the Anglican Church of Kenya,” remarked Archbishop Wabukala as he gave a review of the church's role in the nation.

To learn from the diversity of the church‘s engagement, the areas visited include Limuru Girls which is an Anglican sponsored school, Mothers' Mercy Children's Home, Christian Industrial Training Institute and St. John's Community Centre among others. In addition, the team had a diplomatic visit to the Chinese Embassy as a gesture of the good relations between the two countries.

Notably of the 1.3 billion population in China, only 23 million are Christians whereas Kenya records 80% Christianity, thus there is a great need for evangelism. “I'll encourage Christians back home to play an active role to improve the society since social services is paramount for witness,” said Minister Wang.

At the farewell dinner, Archbishop Wabukala said the lessons from the visit will form a basis for interactions in future, creating a lasting relationship between the two countries and possibly identify specific areas of collaboration.

The ACK church is 167 years old whereas the church in China is 200 years old.

(Photo L-R: Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Minister Wang Zuoan and Ambassador Liu Guangyuan at the Chinese Embassy in Hurlingham, Kenya)

Anglicans, Christian Aid Renew Partnership

Anglicans and Christian Aid renewed their partnership for development at a three-day consultation which ended yesterday (Thursday 17th) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Building on experience in Burundi, Kenya, Nigeria and Sudan, they looked at new models for making their joint work more effective in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world.

This included:

  • ·Affirmation from Christian Aid for the  Anglican Alliance.
  • A commitment from the Anglican Alliance to capacity building among development partners in the Communion -  one of the key needs to emerge from the consultation.
  • Joint working on partnerships for development, and building  a theology to underpin this work.

The workshop heard about joint Anglican and Christian Aid work on emergency relief in Kenya, HIV and Aids in Nigeria, environmental conservation in Burundi and post conflict advocacy for Sudan. The need for continuing commitment to Sudan was underlined by one participant who left Malakal in southern Sudan after heavy military bombardment to travel to Nairobi.

Attendees at the meeting included Archbishop Daniel Deng of Sudan , Canon Grace Kaiso, general secretary of CAPA, Sally Keeble, Director of the Anglican Alliance for relief, development and advocacy, Rachel Carnegie, International Development Secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury,  Karimi Kinoti Deputy Regional Director of Christian Aid and  Paul Valentin, Christian Aid's Director of Programmes.  The consultation was opened by Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya.

The church calls upon the nation to unite for a better future

The Archbishop, Bishops, Clergy and the Laity representing the Anglican Church of Kenya meeting at the All Saints' Cathedral Multi-Purpose Hall on the 2 nd and 3 rd March, 2011, deliberated on the desired future of the Anglican Church and the nation at large. We meditated on Jeremiah 29:11 where God assures His people: “For I know the plans I have for you...plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future...”

After some deep reflections and open discussions, the Church decided to rally around the theme: TOGETHER FOR CHRIST in this decade (2011-2020).The Church observes that the implementation of the National Constitution is a priority that must be put above political campaigns for 2012 general elections, thus a call for the politicians to work towards ensuring an equitable distribution of resources and the strengthening of institutions that will ensure good governance. They also urged the two Principals to rise above personal interests and focus on national issues by ensuring continuous and meaningful consultations. Additionally, they called upon all public servants implicated and charged with corruption, impropriety, neglect, abuse of office or any other scandal must step aside.

Meanwhile, the the church purposes to actively participate in the ongoing education debate and engaging intentionally in programs that will address peace building and conflict management with a deliberate focus on the youth. In the consulation, the church resolved with the theme: "Together For Christ," for the next decade (2011- 2020). A press release and communique was disseminated calling the nation to focus on the priority issues of national cohesion and implementation of the new constitution.

Establishment of The Anglican University Kicks Off

Following the approval by the 2010 Standing Committee of the Provincial Synod for the establishment of the Anglican University and the formation of the ACK University Steering Committee, the committee negotiatiated with the Diocese of Mbeere who have surrendered 96 acres of land for the development of the Anglican University.

So far, the committees of all the Kanyuambora educational institutions on the property have consented; the DEB of Mbeere District and the Embu-Mbeere County have approved the transfer of the said property to the Anglican Church University Trustees.

The ACK Archbishop, Dr. Eliud Wabukala together with The ACK University Steering Committee visited the property on 10 th November 2010 and and the site was dedicaed for the purpose of constructing the university and a concept paper launched for the Establishment of the Anglican University.

The focus is to have a campus of the university in at least every region of the Church and for every campus to have a representation from every diocese as a way for fostering nationhood and one united Church.

 
Church Commissioners for Kenya break grounds for new building

The Church Commissioners for Kenya (CCK), the investment arm of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) has embarked on a Kshs.340 million Church House building project.

The 8- storey building will be constructed near the ACK Garden House Building at Community area in Nairobi.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony on 29th September 2010 st the site, ACK Archbishop Dr. Eliud Wabukala said that the project will take a duration of 20 months to construct. Tulsi Construction Limited are the main constructors on site. The Archbishop was joined by Bishops from all over the country to dedicate the project.

 

New Bishop of Nairobi Diocese enthroned  

On Sunday 5th October 2010, Rev. Joel Waweru Mwangi was consecrated and enthroned as the second bishop of Nairobi Diocese. Bishop Waweru succeeds Bishop Peter Njoka who retired from active ministry.

Archbishop Dr. Eliud Wabukala led through the steps of the service which was jubilant with songs of praise. ACK St. Stephens Jogoo Road the venue for the event, was packed to capacity. Bishops form various parts of the diocese attended to welcome the new bishop in the province of Kenya.

Bishop Waweru is married to Tabitha Muthoni and are blessed with two daughters, Loise and Leah.

He holds a Masters of Arts in leadership in addition to various leadership courses.

 
Archbishop's Message on the Referendum  
During and post- Referendum, ACK calls the nation to peace and unity. The Referendum Message

 
House of Bishops Release a Statement on Peaceful Co- existence  
Full Statement

 
   
Christian leaders release a Memorandum to the Kenya National Assembly  

On 18th March 2010, the leaders of all christian churches in Kenya presented a memorandum to the Kenya National Assmebly stating that the organs of the constitution review have consistently ignored the views of the christian community in Kenya.

After discussing the process and the progress made so far, they made recommendations for consideration. The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Dr. Eliud Wabukala was among the church leaders who presented the memorandum. Other churches represented include Evangelic Alliance of Kenya, Methodist Church in Kenya, and Christ is the Answer Ministries.

 
   
Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Enthroned
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A high powered delegation gathered at the All Saints Cathedral on Sunday 7th July 2009, to celebrate the enthronement of the newly- elected Archbishop Dr. Eliud Wabukala (photo left).

His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya, Hon. Mwai Kibaki and the Vice- President Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka, attended the service among other ministers, diplomatic dignitaries and other guests. In his speech, the president praised the social transformation work done by the Anglican Church of Kenya and urged other churches to emulate such. "This is the mark of authentic Christianity, when your actions witness that you are different," he said.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Eliud W. Wabukala was elected the 5th Primate and Archbishop of Kenya in a peaceful and orderly election process by a 158 member Electoral College of the Anglican Church of Kenya that was gathered at the All Saints Cathedral on 24th April, 2009. Among him were other three contesting bishops namely:- Rt. Rev. Stephen Kewasis, Rt. Rev. Samson Mwaluda and Rt. Rev. Joseph Wasonga.

Archbishop Wabukala was enthroned the Fifth Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya. In a comprehensive 'Archbishop's charge' which highlighted his projected scope of focus, he pledged to serve diligently.

Archbishop Dr. Eliud Wabukala succeeds the Most Rev. Dr. Benjamin Nzimbi who retired on 30th June, 2009.He was consecrated and enthroned the first Bishop of Bungoma Diocese on 13th October, 1996 where he has served for thirteen years.

 
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