Global Briefs for Sept. 21

Canon Hilda Kabia to Lead College: Tanzania has its first woman theological college principal. The Rev. Canon Hilda Kabia has been installed as principal of Msalato Theological College. It is part of St. John’s University of Tanzania, located west of the national capital, Dodoma. She has been dean of students for the past nine years. Raising financial resources will be a primary challenge, the new principal said.

Lambeth Welcomes Refugees: Declaring that “Jesus was a refugee,” the Archbishop of Canterbury Welby has announced a four-bedroom cottage at Lambeth will be available to refugees. “As a Christian who leads the Church of England it is something he feels absolutely passionate about,” a Lambeth spokeswoman said. The gesture echoes a similar move by Pope Francis, who made available Vatican housing for two refugee families. He will meet the rent from gifts received for his mission projects.

Community of St. Anselm Launches: Religious communities are “ancient and current reflections of the love of God seen in the Trinity, in which people risk everything to seek to emulate that love,” the Archbishop of Canterbury said Sept. 19. He preached at the inaugural service for the Community of St. Anselm, his initiative in which young people from throughout the Anglican Communion will spend “a year in God’s time” at Lambeth Palace (read the full sermon).

Kidnapped Bishop Freed: A Nigerian bishop kidnapped on Sept. 8 has been released. The Rt. Rev. Moses Tabwaye, Bishop of Gwagwalada in Nigeria’s Delta region, was abducted by gunmen in the state of Edo. Police say they have arrested the suspected kidnappers and nobody paid the ransom of 40 million Nigerian Naira (US $202,000).

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