December 23rd, 2011
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Grace and peace to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As this season of Advent leads us to the celebration of our Lord’s birth, we are thankful for many things. Truly, He is with us, in fulfillment of the ancient promises and His own. The House of
Bishops of the PEAR have just concluded a very important meeting this week in Rwanda and Archbishop Rwaje has asked us to forward a letter from him to you.
We rejoice in the election of new Rwandan bishops as the HoB continues to move forward in unity and love.
We are also grateful to Archbishop Duncan of the ACNA for his leadership and support for us, congregations and clergy, who find ourselves in this difficult season of grief, uncertainty and confusion over recent events in our life together.
As you will read in his letter, Archbishop Rwaje is in communication with Archbishop Duncan as a fellow GAFCON primate and friend.
Next week, you will begin to receive information about a gathering that will take place in Raleigh, NC from January 16-18. (also referred to in the Archbishop’s letter)
The purpose of this assembly is to hear from our Archbishop and others about reconciliation, healing and next steps for all of us. Clergy and laity will be invited and will have opportunities to prayerfully discuss what it means to move forward together.
Please keep this event in prayer as planning for it develops. Just as the angels broke through the dark silence of the night sky with the radiance of God’s glory and the thrill of praise to Him, may we all know His magnificent breakthrough in our hearts and lives this Christmas. And may Jesus’ peace and hope rule in you now and always.
Faithfully in Christ,
+Thad (Barnum) and +Terrell (Glenn)
LA PROVINCE DE L’EGLISE ANGLICANE AU RWANDA (PEAR)
Dear Bishops Thad Barnum and Terrell Glenn
Dear Clergy and Laity
Friends and Colleagues in Ministry
Christmas greetings from all of us here in Rwanda. May the peace and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose birth we now celebrate be yours in abundance today and forever.
The House of Bishops in Rwanda continues to enjoy a season of extraordinary unity and teamwork. We are pleased to announce the election of two new bishops to replace those who will be retiring next year
The Rev. Nathan Amooti Rusengo will follow Bishop Geoffrey Rwubusisi in Cyangugu (consecration and installation on January 19th) and the Rev. Emmanuel Nazinda will follow Bishop Sendegeya of Kibungo (Consecration and installation on January 12th). Please join us in prayer for these brothers and the congregations they serve during this time of transition.
On behalf of the House of Bishops, I want you to know that we grieve with you over the resignation of our friends, brothers in Christ and fellow bishops in AMIA. I am thankful for the support shown to the Province of Rwanda
by my friend and colleague, Archbishop Robert Duncan.
I share the same confidence that with God nothing is impossible. (Luke 1:37). We are heartbroken over the shame that this division has brought to our Lord and to his bride. The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is the power to heal all our wounds, and we trust that he will repair and restore what has been so badly broken. Forgiveness and reconciliation are Gospel imperatives for all Christians, and especially for us here in Rwanda. as you continue to move forward in mission in 2012, please do so with mutual respect for one another, fostering open communication and trusting relationships, and accountability to those whom the Lord has called us to serve and lead.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Moving Forward Together sacred assembly in Raleigh, NC, on January 16-18. Together with my colleagues from the Bishops in Rwanda, as well as Bishops Barnum and Glenn, we are eager to seek the Lord together in worship, confession, prayer, and the study of God’s word. I hope you will make every effort to attend this gathering.
We want to encourage you as ambassadors of Christ. All of us are called to share the good news of Jesus Christ and disciple those who receive Him. Let us therefore preach the gospel with integrity in all that we do.
Grace and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Most. Rev. Dr. Onesphore Rwaje
Archbishop of the Province of Rwanda