THE Bishop of Mpwapwa, the Rt Revd Jacob Chimeledya, has been
enthroned as the new Archbishop of Tanzania, in a service in Dodoma
Cathedral attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Archbishop Chimeledya was elected in February, beating the
sitting Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa in a ballot that became a
matter of dispute.
Allegations of discrepancies and electoral fraud that circulated
soon afterwards were rebutted by the Provincial Secretary, Canon
Dickson Chilongani, who said: "It is very sad that someone who did
not attend the election could spoil what was confirmed by all our
bishops as a fair and transparent election" (News, 5 April).
In a sermon, Archbishop Welby spoke of the risk of fear,
particularly for church leaders. Fear is a part of life, he said,
but it can be overcome through the Holy Spirit.
It was Archbishop Welby's first overseas or Anglican Communion
visit since his enthronement as Archbishop of Canterbury. Also
present at the service were the Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud
Wabukala, and representatives from the provinces of Rwanda, Uganda,
Dr Wabukala chairs the Global Anglican Future Conference
(GAFCON) Primates' Council, and is one of three Primates who did
not attend a gathering of Primates after Archbishop Welby's
enthronement (News, 28 March).
The previous Archbishop of Tanzania, Dr Valentino Mokiwa, was a
member of GAFCON's Primates' Council. In 2006, he led the Anglican
Church of Tanzania out of communion with the Episcopal Church in
the US after the consecration of Canon Gene Robinson as Bishop of
New Hampshire (News, 14 December 2006).
The new Archbishop has let it be known that he is "committed to
biblical faithfulness, to the Anglican Communion and looks forward
to his first Primates' Meeting".
Welby to meet ACNA leader. The Archbishop of
Canterbury will meet the leader of the Anglican Church of North
America (ACNA), Archbishop Robert Duncan, later this month. Lambeth
Palace will not confirm the agenda for the meeting.
ACNA was formed when conservative parishes disaffiliated from
the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church in the
In 2010, the C of E's General Synod "recognised and affirmed the
desire of those who formed ACNA to be part of the Anglican family"
(News, 11 February 2010). Last year, in a report to the Synod, the
Archbishops of Canterbury and York said that "wounds are still
fresh" from the divisions in the United States, and called for a
period of "open-ended engagement" with ACNA (News, 25 January