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Committee meets to discuss 2004 Bishops Conference
by Justus Waimiri
CAPA 040217-2
February 17, 2004

[CAPA - Nigeria] The design committee planning the first ever Africa Anglican Bishops Conference (AABC) will hold its final meeting in Lagos, Nigeria, next week.

The committee has already met thrice and has made good progress towards actualisation of the conference, which is expected to bring together over 200 Bishops from all over Africa. There are about 280 diocesan and suffragan Bishops in Africa.

The conference was mooted by CAPA Primates during a meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, in August 2001. The 12 CAPA Primates felt there was a need to bring all the Bishops together to fellowship and discuss together issues uniquely facing the continent.

The design committee was then mandated to plan the meeting. It comprises of Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda and Archbishop Donald Mtetemela of Tanzania.

Others are Archbishop Remi Rebenirina of Indian Ocean, Bishop Jo Seoka, Bishop Emmanuel Egbunu, Bishop Peter Adebiyi and Canon John Kanyikwa of CAPA.

The theme of the conference is “Africa comes of Age: An Anglican Self-Evaluation.”

Church of Nigeria offered to host the conference, while Bishops will provide their transportation to Nigeria. Already, over 180 Bishops have expressed interest and made reservations.

Information and contact forms that will be used to prepare a conference handbook and Bishops directory have been sent to all the Bishops and many of them have responded. This has enabled CAPA to send information on the conference directly to them.