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Report on Kenyan Consecrations

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 • 1:17 pm

Hank Steenstra, a member of the Anglican Church of the Redeemer in Camden, North Carolina (under the jurisdiction of the Anglican Church of Kenya1) is in Nairobi and has kindly agreed to provide us with first-hand reports this week.

Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi of the Anglican Church of Kenya released a statement today regarding the planned consecration of two American priests - The Rev. Bill Atwood and The Rev. Bill Murdoch - as bishops of the Anglican Church of Kenya. The consecrations will take place tomorrow at 10 am in the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi. It is also of interest that The Rev John Guernsey will be consecrated as a bishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda on Sunday.

Following is most of the text (except for details of the new bishops) of Archbishop Nzimbi’s statement:

Greetings in the name of the Lord.

Anglican missionaries came to our shores in 1844.  Since that time we have rejoiced in the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the trustworthy testimony of the Holy Scriptures.  As we have faced many challenges, the unchanging Word of God has been our standard and a light to us.  Our Anglican heritage has been a source of great joy to us.

Now the fabric of the Anglican Communion has been torn by the actions of The Episcopal Church.  It is evident, that the conflicts in the Communion affect us all and we have a responsibility to address the areas that we are able to impact.

After extensive consultation in the Global South, with the unanimous consent of the Provincial Synod, and the House of Bishops, the Anglican Church of Kenya will tomorrow, 30 August 2007, consecrate (The Revs Bill Atwood and Bill Murdoch).

We have consulted broadly to fulfill our responsibilities to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to seek to pursue the highest level of unity that is possible.  The participation in the consecration by 10 Anglican Primates (or their representatives) from around the Anglican Communion offer a clear testimony that these consecrations are an appropriate response to the challenges of mission in the complex environment in the world today.

Yours sincerely,

The Most Rev. Rev. Benjamin Nzimbi

1 One for your files, Bishop Sauls.

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10 Primates participating - this is a good sign ...

[1] Posted by Wilkie on 08-29-2007 at 03:06 PM • top

Do we know what 10 primates are participating?  Any surprises?

[2] Posted by Horseman on 08-29-2007 at 03:09 PM • top

And Kevin Kallsen will be posting from Kenya as well - so far all he’s said is that he’s arrived!

Here is the schedule as best I can tell. Tomorrow the consecrations will be held at the Cathedral. This will occur well before anyone in America wakes up. Therefore I will delay the streaming until 1pm est time.
The service takes four hours. I will probably stream one hour from each service and then post the rest of the videos when I return home. There will be a chat room enabled where you can discuss the service at Anglicantv.
Now the bad news. The Hilton charges $40 per day for internet use! Please consider donating to AnglicanTV. I did NOT budget for such an excessive charge.

[3] Posted by Branford on 08-29-2007 at 03:17 PM • top

Whoops - I forgot the link to AnglicanTV is case you want to take a look at what he sends back - AnglicanTV

[4] Posted by Branford on 08-29-2007 at 03:18 PM • top

Kevin is over there on a shoestring budget—consider donating.

[5] Posted by James Manley on 08-29-2007 at 03:30 PM • top
[6] Posted by wildfire on 08-29-2007 at 03:39 PM • top

Hmmm….10 primates….hmmmm…..probably between them representing over 50% of the world’s Anglicans.  Just how many primates does it take to make for a “regular” consecration?  I recall ++Gomez as having nice things to say about (soon to be +) Atwood.  Is he represented in Kenya?

[7] Posted by tjmcmahon on 08-29-2007 at 04:26 PM • top

Comment deleted off-topic

[8] Posted by rob-roy on 08-29-2007 at 09:18 PM • top

Just read the link to David Virtue’s site that Mark McCall gave above and ABp Venables states something similar to what I said. He says, 

There are no official structures to resolve things, so part of the major struggle we are going through is to work out how we actually resolve a conflict of this nature.

He states this, and I believe that he is well aware of the ABC, the ACC, the Lambeth Council and the Primates meetings.

[9] Posted by rob-roy on 08-29-2007 at 09:28 PM • top

Your comment was deleted as off-topic.  Please refrain from importing off-topic material.

[10] Posted by commenatrix on 08-29-2007 at 09:39 PM • top

Someone apparently believes my comment (also posted here) was off topic? Perhaps I should have merely referenced it in my 8:28PM remark above?

[11] Posted by rob-roy on 08-29-2007 at 09:45 PM • top

Thought it was on-topic and it seems that ABp Venables would have agreed, but I submit to the commenatrix.

[12] Posted by rob-roy on 08-29-2007 at 09:47 PM • top

++Ian Ernest, Primate of the Indian Ocean, is there. Major pick-up, out of long time friendship with +Atwood. Ernest is a good man with good religion; he’s just still having a hard time really believing that TEC is as bad as it is.

[13] Posted by JerryKramer on 08-29-2007 at 10:35 PM • top

That is a major pick-up.


[14] Posted by James Manley on 08-30-2007 at 01:25 AM • top

Some I have been told will be there include: Venables, Gomez, Nzimbi (of course), Orombi, Malango, Akinola, Kolini, Mtetemela, and Ernest. Most will also go to Uganda to attend John Guernsey’s consecration. The few that will not is because of the time and difficulties involved with traveling to Mbarara, which is approximately 5 hours southwest of the capital city of Kampala.

[15] Posted by Georgeb on 08-30-2007 at 05:45 AM • top

Jerry Kramer—thanks for the intel on this, very encouraging.

[16] Posted by Sarah on 08-30-2007 at 09:22 AM • top

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