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AMiA heading back to Africa: The Church of England Newspaper, April 22, 2012, p 5. April 26, 2012

Posted by geoconger in AMiA, Anglican Church of Rwanda, Church of England Newspaper.
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The leader of the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) reports that his group has moved under the oversight of the Anglican Church of the Congo.

“This week, I received an official letter from Archbishop Henri Isingoma of the Anglican Church of the Congo, receiving me as a Bishop of the House of Bishops in his Province and offering us a new canonical residence,” Bishop Chuck Murphy reported to his followers on 13 April 2012.

However The Church of England Newspaper has not been able to confirm the veracity of Bishop Murphy’s claims with Archbishop Henry Isingoma of the Congo, nor has the AMiA released a copy of the letter from Kinshasa cited in its announcement.

The terms of the arrangement have not yet been disclosed however in a 10 April letter the Rwandan House of Bishops stated it would allow AMiA clergy who wished to be released from their oversight to transfer to another province of the Anglican Communion.

The new arrangement with the Congo came “in response to a recent letter from Archbishop Rwaje asking our bishops to translate to another Anglican jurisdiction by the end of this month, I had earlier requested that he send my letters dimissory to the Province of the Congo,” Bishop Murphy said.

The move back to Africa by the AMiA came as a surprise to the ACNA, CEN was told, as the organization was in talks with the American conservative Anglican province to move under its wing.  Nor were the leaders of the Gafcon movement aware of the plans, CEN has learned.

In his 5 Dec 2011 letter to Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje of Rwanda informing him of his resignation Bishop Murphy wrote that he had been led by the Holy Spirit to believe it was time for the AMiA to withdraw from African oversight.

Citing Exodus 1:8, Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph; Bishop Murphy wrote: “Clearly, with an altogether new and different leadership in place in our African home of refuge and sojourn, the Anglican Mission, like the people of God earlier in Exodus, now finds itself in a very new and different situation. The result, as we saw in the story of Exodus, is that God’s sovereign hand which had led His people into Africa (Egypt) in the earlier Book of Genesis, then took a dramatic turn in the Book of Exodus instructing His people that it was now time for them to leave Africa.”
It was “clear” he said, that Africa “could no longer be viewed as their lasting home.”

The AMiA has declined to respond to questions about their move back to Africa or the agreements reached with the Congolese church.

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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