The House of Bishops of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda has elected the Rt. Revd Onesphore Rwaje as Archbishop to succeed the Most Rev. Emmanuel Kolini . He will take over from Archbishop Kolini on December 12, 2010 the latter having served as the Archbishop of Rwanda for the past 12 years.
"Steer to health, education and development for the good of the church." These were the words of Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini to Nathan Gasatura, the newly elected Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Butare. Archbishop Kolini was addressing the people who attended the consecration of Bishop of Butare, His Lordship Bishop Nathan Gasatura on 11 January 2009.
The Mothers' Union of the Anglican Diocese of Gahini has provided clothing and other basic items to hundreds of Rwandan refugees who returned to the country recently from Tanzania. Before visiting the refugees in Rugeyo Camp, the women held a two-day workshop on the rights of women and girls. According to Beatrice Gahamanyi, the Mothers' Union worker for Gahini Diocese, the women resolved in the seminar to rescue the society from the problems that usually affect families.
The Episcopal Theological College of Kigali, which is still under construction, has employed around 300 Kabuga residents, an action that has helped the residents to fight poverty.
John the Baptist Cathedral in Rwanda has been completed and officially opened at an event attended by the Archbishop of Rwanda, the Most Revd Emmanuel Kolini, and Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame. Thousands attended the event, including more than a thousand converts.
The Episcopal Church of Rwanda has become a pillar of hope and reconciliation to millions of Rwandans who were affected by the 1994 genocide.
Archbishop George Carey has been a real father in God to all of us in the Anglican Communion. He is full of affection and compassion especially to the suffering party of the world. I personally remember him in his pastoral letters to the Episcopal Church of Rwanda and pastoral letters to me in 1995, 1996 supporting me as I was swimming in an ocean of problems because of lacking leadership in the Episcopal Church of Rwanda: "Onesphore be firm in faith the Lord will do His work".
In a service that combined Anglican solemnity and Charismatic Renewal spontaneity, four American priests were consecrated by two archbishops of the Anglican Communion June 24 in Denver as "missionary bishops" to America for the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) under auspices of the provinces of Rwanda and South East Asia.
I have received further confirmation today, that you intend to consecrate four bishops in Denver on Sunday June 24th. This news burdens and dismays me. You know that I have my own concerns about those bishops who are unwilling to adhere to the Lambeth resolutions.
On learning that Archbishops Kolini of Rwanda and Ping Chung of South East Asia intend to consecrate four further bishops in Denver on Sunday June 24th, to serve within the territorial boundary of the Episcopal Church of the USA, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, said in a letter to the two Archbishops:
The house of Bishops in its today's extraordinary meeting called purposely to discuss the issue of famine in the country, is making an urgent appeal to its partners to come to rescue the Rwandese population who are dying slowly but surely.
I am overjoyed to be able to send you greetings at this momentous time in the continuing story of God's church in Rwanda. I give thanks to God that through all the pain, suffering, and darkness which you have all been through, this new chapter in your common life is now opening. This indeed is a clear sign that God is blessing his people even in the midst of the darkness
Two thousand people listened carefully as the Anglican Bishop of Lango, Uganda, the Rt Revd Melchizedek Otim recounted the trauma of having to hide in exile from Idi Amin's forces in 1977. "98% of my district was Christian, yet the people who plotted against me to kill me were members of my own diocese, and fellow Christians," recalled the emotional bishop.
The Episcopal Church of Rwanda has elected bishops to fill its vacant sees. Bishop Ken Barham, Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Cyangugu writes: "The province has struggled for two years to sort out its leadership. But has now made a big move forward.
The Churches in Rwanda have appealed to the global press and electronic media, international and ecumenical authorities, to stop using the ethnic vocabulary "which encloses Rwandans in the shackles of 'Hutu-Tutsi' as this term has become deadly".
The following resolution passed at the recent ACC-10 Meeting in Panama
Resolution on Rwanda
Trusting in God's reconciling power, and giving thanks for signs of repentance and spiritual renewal within the Episcopal Church of Rwanda, this Council:
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, has appointed the Rt Revd David Birney, a senior bishop from the Episcopal Church in the United States, to act as his envoy to the Anglican Church in Rwanda.