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Archbishop Kolini addresses the crowds
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Part of the large crowd at the Remera peace crusade
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Embrace East African Community - Kolini
by Grace Mugabe
RWANDA 071206-1
December 6, 2007

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] The leader of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, has urged Christians to embrace the East African Community. The Archbishop made this call on 2 December while addressing a mass of people who had gathered for a three-day peace crusade at St Peter's Church, Remera. The crusade, which was organized by the Anglican Church of Rwanda, brought together thousands of Christians, including delegates from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Addressing a massive crowd, Kolini said Rwanda belonged to the East African Community, and this was a blessing for Rwandans. He noted that all this had been achieved due to the will and good governance of the country.

The Archbishop said it was of paramount importance for the countries in the community to remove boundaries to allow free movement and interaction of the people of God. He observed that Rwanda had become a beacon of hope in the region and urged the Great Lakes Region to emulate its example for regional peace and stability.

The prelate told the gathering that the Anglican Church of Rwanda would continue imparting messages of peace and hope the world over for the protection of mankind.

"We are reformed Anglicans who want to adhere to the original creeds of the Bible; that's why our church has decided to ignore the 2008 Lambeth Conference because it has not done much to fighting homosexuality in the Communion," he said, adding that the church would continue pursuing social order and justice throughout the world.

He said the Anglican Churches in East Africa would not mingle with the homosexuals in the affairs of the church for the good of the community. He called upon churches in the region to fight homosexuality for the good of the society.

The Anglican Church of Rwanda has been at the forefront of evangelization and peace building in the world. The church is known to have given sanctuary to 130 American churches that departed from the Episcopal Church of America after the consecration of gay bishops and pastors.

The 130 American churches operate under the auspices of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda with the name "Anglican Mission in the Americas" (AMIA).