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Welby at Tanzania enthronement

24 May 2013

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, and Burundi.

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 United States.

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 2012).

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