THE Bishop of Botswana, the Rt Revd
Trevor Mwamba, is to move to take a parish post in east London.
Bishop Mwamba, who trained as a
lawyer, is a theologian. He has worked as a mediator within the
Province of Central Africa, and has called for moderation over the
issue of homosexuality, urging African Churches to concentrate on
social and economic problems instead (
News, 6 November 2009). He has also spoken frequently about the
excommunicated former bishop Nolbert Kunonga (
News, 28 September).
Bishop Mwamba has been appointed Team
Rector in the Barking Team Ministry from March 2013. He will also
serve as an assistant bishop in the diocese of Chelmsford.
The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd
Stephen Cottrell, said that Bishop Mwamba would "light up the
Church" in the area. "Bishop Trevor and I were exact contemporaries
at theological college in Oxford, 31 years ago. Now we will be
working together in Essex and east London. Barking is getting a man
of rare wisdom, good humour, and experience."
Bishop Mwamba said: "I look forward to
connecting pastorally with the diversity of people found in
Barking, and enabling others to engage with the needs of the
He has a degree in law from the
University of Zambia, and in theology from the University of
Oxford, and also holds an honorary doctorate from Yale University.
He trained for the priesthood at St Stephen's House, Oxford, and
was ordained at St Luke's, Chelsea, in London, serving his curacy
in All Saints', Notting Hill, before returning to Zambia. He later
worked as assistant chaplain at Keble College, Oxford, and
assistant priest at Wolvercote, North Oxford.
Harvest warning. In
his harvest sermon last Sunday, Bishop Cottrell, highlighted water
and food insecurity, and urged people to think about their diet and
what impact their consumption has on the earth. Bishop Cottrell
also apologised to farmers: "We have taken you for granted for too
long. We need you, and the world needs you."