COMMUNIQUE FROM ARCHBISHOP ELIUD WABUKALA REGARDING THE 5TH RECONCILIATION BETWEEN THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF RWANDA AND AMiA
We, the undersigned, met in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 for the purpose of continuing the process of reconciliation initiated in Nairobi, Kenya between the Anglican Province of Rwanda and the Anglican Mission in the Americas.
We are grateful to Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of the Anglican Province of Kenya and Chairman of GAFCON for his faithful and patient efforts in convening this meeting and acting as our reconciler and moderator for the misunderstanding that has caused division in our communities of faith.
We are thankful that he is willing to share this document with the leadership of GAFCON, seeking its prayers, wisdom and understanding.
We recognize that our common task is to preach the Gospel faithfully, with the aim of bringing lost souls to Christ Jesus in both Rwanda and North America. Hence, we agree to cooperate with one another to support and facilitate each other’s capacity to further this work. Accordingly, in our meeting in Johannesburg, it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to agree to the following:
1) that we leave this meeting with the full understanding of our situation and acknowledge that we have done the best within our human efforts to fulfill the recommendations of the Nairobi Meeting;
2) that we return to our own constituencies to do our God-given mission;
3) that we will honor all parties involved by promising not to engage in judgmental or derogatory communication, thereby upholding the fruitful relationship the Anglican Province of Rwanda and the Anglican Mission have enjoyed for the past 12 years;
4) that we mutually agree to intentionally release each other to develop our God-given ministries for the advancement of His Kingdom; 5) that we mutually commit to take the necessary steps to implement all the above. Serving by grace,
The Most Rev. Dr. Eliud Wabukala ARCHBISHOP OF KENYA & GAFCON CHAIRMAN
The Chair of GAFCON, who has just presided over the final split between the Anglican Church of Rwanda and its “Anglican Mission in America’ (AMiA), will be in England next month, presiding over a GAFCON/FCA (‘Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans‘) meeting with 200 leaders of that joint quasi-Anglican conglomerate, which has planted various quasi-Anglican churches – other then AMiA – in various parts of the world, including England.
Archbishop Eliud Wabukala recently ordained several UK indigenous pastors to sow the seeds of dissention in the U.K., under the umbrella of a very similar-sounding organisation called AMiE (‘Anglican Mission in England’) to that which has just been released from its Rwandan parent body in North America.
The question might be asked, what is this African prelate doing in England? Not only has he seeded a rival quasi-Anglican church in the territory of the established Church of England, he is also intent on leading the GAFCON Prelature into oppositional mission to all authentic Anglican Provinces where Gospel initiatives have been made to include the LGBT community as responsble partners in mission in their local provincial life.
So, it would appear that the invasion of other territories by GAFCON churches, despite the ‘release’ of AMiA from the patronage of Rwanda, will in all likelihood be continued by the leadership of GAFCON. It will be interesting to see what will be the reaction of the Church of England bishops to this latest assault on their episcopal intregr’ty!
Father Ron Smith Christchurch, New Zealand