Kenya’s Bishops Step Up War on COVID-19

A July 23 pastoral message from the Anglican Church of Kenya’s bishops may have jolted the East African nation’s government to tighten COVID-19 protocols in response to rising infection rates. In a statement issued after a joint meeting in Nairobi, the bishops urged increased funding for vaccination and closer compliance with public gathering restrictions.

Monnot Elected Bishop of Iowa

The Rev. Betsey Monnot, a parish priest and church consultant from Northern California, has been elected as the X Bishop of Iowa at a special convention held on July 31 in Des Moines. Monnot, 54, was elected on the third ballot from a slate of three women candidates, and will be the first woman to serve as Iowa’s bishop since the diocese was founded in 1853.

Three Candidates Named in WV Bishop Election

The Rev. Canon S. Abbot Bailey, the Diocese of Virginia’s interim canon to the ordinary; the Rev. Canon Patrick Collins, the Diocese of Easton’s canon to the ordinary; and the Rev. Matthew Cowden, rector of St. Michael and All Angels’ in South Bend, Indiana will be candidates for election as the Bishop Coadjutor of West Virginia, diocesan officials announced August 2.

Kenya Elects First Female Diocesan Bishop

The Ven. Rose Okeno was yesterday elected as the second female bishop for the Anglican Church of Kenya. She will preside over the Diocese of Butere in Western Kenya, following last year’s resignation of Bishop Timothy Wambunya.

Australian Primate Attacks GAFCON Plan

Archbishop Geoffrey Smith strongly criticized a plan to form a non-geographic diocese for disaffected conservative congregations that “will be forced to leave the Anglican Church of Australia.”

Pakistani Bishop Seeks to End Forced Marriages

Bishop Azad Marshall, the Church of Pakistan’s new moderator, says that despite a recent setback, he remains undaunted in his efforts to secure legal protection against the forced conversion to Islam and marriage of Christian girls.