State of the Anglican Communion: An African Perspective
Tuesday December 18th, 2007
Rev. Canon Dr. Mwita Akiri
Visiting Scholar at Wycliffe College, Rev. Canon Dr. Mwita Akiri, General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, in an address to a joint meeting of Wycliffe and Trinity College faculty and students, held at Trinity College on November 28, 2007, spoke of the fact that it was "obvious that Africa has been on the spotlight in the current debate and crisis in the Anglican Communion. On the one hand, there is a sense of hope among some Christians in the West, that they have brothers and sisters in a continent where the Church is doing well in mission, and that Africa may have something to offer to the wider Anglican Communion. On the other hand, there are symptoms of renewed interest in the old stereotypes, with African church leaders and one might say the African Christians being blamed and at times abused or being accused unfairly. Yet Africa is not the originator of the current crisis in the Anglican Communion on the issue of homosexuality. The fact is that the whole issue that has now plunged all of us into a crisis started off badly in North America, with actions and counter-actions taking the center stage. There was little room for people on both sides to hear one another. The level of suspicion is now very high. This is damaging relationships not only in North America but in the entire Anglican Communion."
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