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Church in Malawi now boycotts funds over gay issue
by Hamilton Vokhiwa
 
CAPA 040504-1
May 4, 2004

[CAPA - Central Africa] The Anglican Church in Malawi has declared it will no longer accept funds from the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUSA).

The announcement comes hot on the heels of a decision by Anglican Primates in Africa to reject donations and grants from churches that support ordination of gay clergy.

Church of the Province of Central Africa Archbishop, The Most Revd Bernard Malango, said in Blantyre, Malawi, last week that the decision by his Province and other African Provinces was arrived at to protest the consecration by ECUSA, of openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, US.

Archbishop Malango said aid from ECUSA to Dioceses in Malawi was minimal and only benefited “one or two parishes, although elsewhere in Africa, the Church got substantial funding from the United States.”

The Primate, who is also Bishop of Upper Shire in Malawi said the CAPA Primates meeting in Nairobi two weeks ago drew up proposals on how the Church in Africa could generate its own income and sustain itself.

He said the Church in Africa and that of the Global South, comprising Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, was united against unbiblical doctrine.

Others who have added their voice are the Anglican Church of Kenya, whose Bishop of Mombasa, Julius Kalu, proposed a boycott of forums where ECUSA was represented.

However, some clergymen who talked to CAPA e-bulletin on condition of anonymity said the move by the Primates to reject funding from the US must be implemented with great care.

Said one clergyman: “There are many African churches, institutions and ministries with a long standing history of partnership in development issues with Episcopalian dioceses and asking them to sever links with them will simply not work.”

According to him, the Church in America had made it clear that their support to Africa was not conditioned by theological agreement.

While addressing the CAPA council meeting in Nairobi September last year, the Revd James G. Callaway, Jr, Deputy for Trinity Grants and Outreach said it was the policy of his organisation not to penalise anyone who had opposing views on the issue of human sexuality.