The Primate of Kenya, and chairman of Gafcon, today announced on the Gafcon website that his province will not be sending representatives to the upcoming meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka. His province joins Uganda which earlier stated it would not be sending representatives.
The Most Rev’d Dr Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya:
… the Presiding Bishop of TEC has made it clear that his Church will not think again about same sex ‘marriage’ and he expects his Church to play a full part in next month’s Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) meeting in Lusaka. This defiance of the Primates’ moral and spiritual authority has been supported by the Chairman of the ACC, Bishop Tengatenga, who has confirmed that TEC will participate fully.
There can be no true walking together with those who persistently refuse to walk in accordance with God’s Word and the Anglican Church of Kenya will not therefore be participating in the forthcoming meeting of the ACC in Lusaka.
On Monday the Anglican Communion News Service reported on the preliminary program of ACC16. The concluding paragraph reported what was already known — Uganda had announced it would not be participating.
The preliminary program reminds us that Bishop Tengatenga’s term as chair ends during this meeting. A new chair will be elected and become chair for the balance of the meeting. You must be present to vote.
Nigeria, too, has written to say its bishops will not attend, according to church officials. “The bottom line … is that nothing has changed,” said Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria.
The Anglican Church of Rwanda, which has often acted in concert with Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, has yet to make a decision, according to Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje.