Wycliffe Welcomes the Rev. Canon Dr. R. Mwita Akiri as Scholar-in-Residence
Wednesday October 7th, 2009
The Rev. Canon Dr. R. Mwita Akiri, General Secretary (Chief Executive) of the Anglican Church in Tanzania, East Africa, returns to Wycliffe College on October 5th 2009. Dr. Akiri will be teaching a class in African Christianity on Tuesday afternoons for the remainder of the term. He will also deliver the Sadlier Lecture on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in the Soward Reading Room.
The Rev. Canon Dr. R. Mwita Akiri, an ordained minister of the Anglican Diocese of Mara (west of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania) graduated with a PhD in history of mission at the Centre for Non-Western Christianity at Edinburgh University in 1999. His major academic interest is in the area of the historical interaction of Western Christianity and African relifions and cultures, and the extent to which in that process Christianity has undergone transformation through that which has sought to transform.
Mwita has been the General Secretary of the Anglican Church in Tanzania since 2001. The Anglican Church of Tanzania is a fast growing Church and one of the three largest Churches in Tanzania with over 5 million members in 23 Dioceses, spread in Tanzania mainland and island of Zanzibar, and served by 23 Bishops. As General Secretary he is responsible for the management and coordination of the work of the Church at national level. The planning and establishment of St. John's University of Tanzania in 2007 is one of his major achievements as General Secretary. He serves on St. John's Senate and Council.
Mwita is a member of the Anglican Consultative council (ACC) since 2005 and it's Health Network since 2009. He served on the ACC Finance and Administration Committee from 2005-2009.
He is married to Mukami with whom they have two daughters, Mugure (15) and Mbayo (9).