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.

Ande Elected Congolese Primate

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.

Burundi Chooses New Primate

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.

Influential Sydney Diocese Elects 1st Non-White Abp.

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 the GAFCON network.

Shehata to Lead Influential Diocese of Egypt

Bishop Samy Fawzy Shehata, a theologian with extensive ecumenical and interfaith experience, will succeed Mouneer Anis, a key Global South leader. Shehata will lead the largest diocese of the Communion's newest province, the Province of Alexandria, which will elect its first archbishop later this year.

Lambeth Conference Postponed Until 2021

Archbishop Justin Welby announced that the global pandemic will force a year's delay of the gathering of Anglican bishops; GAFCON announced a similar postponement of its Kigali Bishops' Conference on March 20.

New Anti-Colonial Name for Rwandan Anglicans

Archbishop Laurent Mbanda said the church he leads will be known as "The Anglican Church of Rwanda," and that removing the word "province" from the former name affirms that Anglican identity is found in "Biblical doctrine."