By Mark Michael The primates of three of Africa’s largest Anglican churches, who claim to represent nearly half of the Anglican Communion’s global membership, issued an open letter May 6 explaining that their decision not to participate in the March Primates’ Meeting or the July Lambeth Conference is rooted in the unwillingness of the Communion’s leaders to take decisive … [Read more...] about 3 African Primates Explain Lambeth Boycott
By Robyn Douglass Correspondent If the Anglican Church of Australia’s General Synod approves the blessing of same-sex unions when it meets on May 8-13, GAFCON Australia is all set to go its own way. In July 2021 it established what its chairman calls “a lifeboat church” — the Diocese of the Southern Cross. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia … [Read more...] about New Zealand Split May Be a Preview for Australia
By Robyn Douglass Correspondent The Australian General Synod was due to meet in 2020, but COVID has postponed that — twice. It’s now scheduled for May 8-13 on the Gold Coast in Queensland — bang in the center of the region that suffered catastrophic floods at the end of February. Arks ahoy. While the vexed question of the church’s blessing of same-sex unions has not gone … [Read more...] about Australia’s GAFCON Chair Looks Ahead to May Synod
By Jesse Masai, Correspondent 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. The Rt. Rev. Professor David H. Kodia of Bondo Diocese, who heads the Anglican Church of Kenya’s Electoral College which … [Read more...] about Kenya Elects First Female Diocesan Bishop
By Mark Michael The Rt. Rev. Dr. Georges Titre Ande, a theology professor and senior bishop of the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo was elected as the church’s fifth archbishop and primate by its General Synod, which met from 2 to 9 July. Ande, who has served for 15 years as Bishop of Aru in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s northeastern corner, will succeed … [Read more...] about Ande Elected Congolese Primate
By Mark Michael The Rt. Rev. Sixbert Macumi, Bishop of Buye, has been elected as the fifth Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Burundi. Macumi, 53, will succeed Archbishop Martin Nyaboho, the church’s primate since 2016, when he is installed on August 21. Macumi is from Muyinga province in Northeastern Burundi, and answered a call to ministry when still a … [Read more...] about Burundi Chooses New Primate
By Mark Michael The Very Rev. Kanishka Raffel, dean of Sydney’s St. Andrew’s Cathedral, was unanimously elected as the 12th Archbishop of Sydney by the diocese’s synod on May 6. Raffel, a London-born Sri Lankan and a Buddhist convert to Christianity, will be the first person of color to lead the vibrant conservative evangelical diocese, which has great power and influence in … [Read more...] about Influential Sydney Diocese Elects 1st Non-White Abp.
By Mark Michael The Rt. Rev. Samy Fawzy Shehata, Area Bishop of North Africa, has been elected Coadjutor Bishop of Egypt, and will succeed Bishop Mouneer Anis upon his coming retirement. Anis reached the province’s mandatory retirement age of 70 in early April. Shehata was elected on April 22 in Cairo, receiving 73 percent of the vote. The Diocese of Egypt has been a … [Read more...] about Shehata to Lead Influential Diocese of Egypt