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.
The Most Rev. Rev. Benjamin Nzimbi
1 One for your files, Bishop Sauls.