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College drops job offer

23 August 2013

ACNS

THE Bishop of Southern Malawi, the Rt Revd James Tengatenga (right), will no longer be taking up a post at Dartmouth College, in the United States, because of statements he has made in the past about homosexuality, it was reported last week.

It was announced last month that Bishop Tengatenga had tendered his resignation as Bishop, and would take up a post as Dean of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation, at Dartmouth College, in January (News, 26 July).

The Episcopal News Service reported on Thursday of last week, however, that the college had withdrawn the appointment after re-ceiving complaints about the Bishop's stance on homosexuality.

The Bishop told the ENS that those opposing his appointment had used "selectively" comments he had made in 2004 opposing the consecration of Canon Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire. The ENS reported him as saying that he "now considers all people equal, regardless of their sexual orientation".

Bishop Tengatenga said that he would not withdraw his resignation as Bishop of Southern Malawi.

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