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Congo call to prayer issued by church leaders: Anglican Ink, November 28, 2012 November 28, 2012

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Anglican leaders across the globe have joined the call for prayer for the Congo and a peaceful end to its civil war.

The Congo Church Association (CCA), with the support of Archbishop Isingoma Kahwa of the Anglican Church of Congo, issued a call for a week of special prayer for the Congo, asking Christians to pray from Monday, the 26th of November to Sunday the 2nd of December. “We hope individuals, groups and churches will commit to pray afresh for a resolution and definitive end to the conflict, violence and atrocities, and for a new era of peace, as well as for the needs of all those affected.”

A UK-based support group for the Church in the Congo and other Francophone regions of Africa, the Congo Church Association has released a fact and prayer sheet outlining the needs of Africa’s largest country.

“More than 500,000 people have been displaced in the east, including 60,000 into Uganda and Rwanda, following M23 violence against civilians and fighting with the national army,” the CCA wrote.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.

Congo to give a temporary home to the AMiA: The Church of England Newspaper, April 29, 2012 p 7 May 4, 2012

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The Anglican Province of the Congo will give the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) a temporary refuge while it searches for an ecclesiastical home, the Primate of the Congo Archbishop Henri Isingoma.

In an email to the Church of England Newspaper, the Congolese archbishop stated “we have finally agreed to temporarily welcome AMiA in our Province as a result of a fruitful discussion as a first step of our ongoing dialogue.”

He added that the Congo was also rethinking the Anglican Covenant and Windsor Report, moving on from its January 2012 position.

The province would be “silent until the next Provincial Assembly scheduled for June 2012” on the Covenant, the archbishop said, noting “we appreciate the role played by the Windsor Report and the Anglican Covenant as reliable ways that helped the Anglican Communion to resist to the division for a long time but at the moment, looking at the way the crisis is deepening, I think they seem to gradually lose ground for a secure future of an effective communion among Anglicans worldwide,” the archbishop said.

On 13 April 2012 Bishop Chuck Murphy announced the AMiA had been received by the Congo.  The CEN has since been able to confirm the move, but the 6 April 2012 invitation given to the AMiA set a number of conditions for the breakaway American group.

The oversight offered by the Congo would be temporary, and with the understanding that the “provisional attachment of your Mission to the Province of the Anglican Church of Congo will not in any way break its long date relationship with the sister-Province of Rwanda and other missionary agencies in the USA …”

The AMiA must also engage in a “reconciliation process” with “other entities where our Province intends to play a major role.”

Archbishop Isingoma told CEN “we remain aware that at the beginning of their mission there were some uncontrolled and not careful enough actions and feelings contrary to the Anglican tradition.”

However, “this seems to have tremendously improved with time and calls out for them to be recognized as mission partners.  That is why, by compassion and hoping that some possible positive results, even in the far future, will come out from different dialogue processes, we couldn’t appreciate the rejection of their church mission action as expressed in their petition. We really felt unkind not only to welcome them at a time of distress in order to offer to them more opportunities to continue with the dialogue within the wide Anglican Communion,” the archbishop said.

“We agree to welcome you in our Province as you request in your petition while you move on in normalizing your position as a plausible Anglican missionary society,” the archbishop told the AMiA said.  The “nature and modality” of the transfer will be discussed at a forthcoming meeting in London, he added.

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

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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.

Congo to give a temporary home to the AMiA: Anglican Ink, April 16, 2012 April 17, 2012

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The Anglican Province of the Congo has given the Anglican Mission in America a temporary home while it seeks to find a permanent place within the Anglican Communion.

In a statement released on 13 April 2012, the chairman of the AMiA, Bishop Chuck Murphy told supporters he had 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.”

The move to the Congo, Bishop Murphy wrote, 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.” On 2 April the primate of the Anglican Province of Rwanda (PEAR), Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje, asked the AMiA bishops who had resigned to “declare the ecclesiastical jurisdiction to which they wish to be translated within the next few weeks.” PEAR clergy in America were asked to state their intentions by August as to whether they wished to remain in Rwanda, transfer to the ACNA or to another Anglican province.

Bishop Murphy stated the AMiA would continue to develop its particular ecclesiology under the cover of the Congo. “As we continue to transition toward a Mission Society with oversight provided by a College of Consultors, we remain committed to the multi-jurisdictional model that launched the Anglican Mission in Singapore,” he said, adding that “toward that end, conversations with other jurisdictions including the Anglican Church in North America will continue.”

In its 6 April 2012 April to the AMiA, Archbishop Henri Isingoma stated the province would give it temporary ecclesial oversight. The archbishop wrote that the Congo was mindful of the AMiA’s desire to remain in the Anglican Communion “in spite of the differences of opinion among its members and the current acute crisis it undergoes.”

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Congo not backing the AMiA: The Church of England Newspaper, February 3, 2012 p 6. February 10, 2012

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First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

Claims the Anglican Mission in America has been given a home in the Anglican Church of the Congo are false, the Primate of the Congolese church, Archbishop Henri Isingoma of Kinshasa tells The Church of England Newspaper.

The Anglican Church of the Congo plans to endorse the Anglican Covenant at its forthcoming general assembly, the archbishop said, and would not violate the recommendations of the Windsor Continuation Group and initiate a cross border intervention in the jurisdiction of another Anglican province.

At its Winter Conference in Houston, Texas on 12 January 2012 retired Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda, acting under the authority of the Province of the Congo, ordained four deacons and a priest to serve for the AMiA, participants at the conference were told.

Mid-level sources within the AMiA have also told CEN that they had been briefed by their leaders that the former Rwandan mission in the U.S. would be taken under the wing of the Congo.  In December, the chairman of the AMiA, Bishop Chuck Murphy and all but two of his assistant bishops resigned from the Rwandan House of Bishops in a dispute over financial transparency and tightened oversight.

However, when queried by CEN, Archbishop Isingoma stated he was unaware of any Congolese move to take over the AMiA from Rwanda.  The archbishop and the Congolese House of Bishops “have never received or approved a special partnership with AMiA. I am very surprised to hear that we are sponsoring AMIA actions.”

The archbishop speculated that this “could be a plan of the former Archbishop of Rwanda who has a natural and historical liaison with Congo, but he has never expressed that in any way to me or to other bishops of the Anglican Congo.”

“The Anglican Church of Congo is still in the Anglican Communion; it stands on the biblical foundation teachings and until now, it has never think operating against the Anglican Communion tradition,” the archbishop said.

“We are planning to meet together” soon as a “provincial assembly” in the Congo, the archbishop said, “and at the same time the bishops’ house meeting will be held. So, among many other issues we hope to get a common conclusion about the Anglican Covenant.”

The AMiA declined to respond to our queries as of our going to press with this story.