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We are not at the Beck of ECUSA - CMS Mid Africa Head
by Grace Mugabe
RWANDA 070919-1
September 19, 2007

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] Church Mission Society (CMS) expert and Head of the Mid Africa Region, Stephen Burgess, has said Mid Africa churches would not support the activities of the Episcopal Church of America.

Burgess said this on Tuesday, September 11, while addressing leaders, clergy and laity of the Province of the Episcopal Church of Rwanda. He told the enthusiastic audience that CMS would continue spreading biblical truth, which supports the marriage between man and woman.

"I want you to know that CMS has adhered to high-quality traditional norms of the Bible for the good of the people," he said, and added: "People should therefore act as ambassadors of Christ for the good of their lives." He said it was sad for ECUSA to breach the traditional norms of the Bible.

He urged people in the region to emulate Jesus Christ, as the Bible puts it, for the good of the society. He told the congregation that the word of God will never change and will remain the same for ever.

On his part, the leader of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, welcomed the CMS's new initiative to partner with the church, and pledged the church's support in streamlining evangelization.

Stephen Burgess has been visiting the Mid Africa Region at the request of CMS to explore new areas of partnering with the Anglican churches.

Mid Africa Region brings together Anglican churches in countries of Rwanda, Burundi, the DRCongo and the south-western part of Uganda.