Archbishop Of Canterbury Concludes His Visit to Kenya

Archbishop Dr. Eliud Wabukala and the entire Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams in a historic visit to Kenya.

Archbishop Wabukala together with the heads of Departments recieved Archbishop Rowan Williams and his delegationwho arrived in Kenya on 18th June 2011 for a provincial visit.

The two Archbishops have so far visited several dioceses each with a tree planting and signing of the guest book exercise to commemorate the high profile visit. The bishops, clergy and congreagations of all the areas visited counted it a great honor for the delegation to pay a courtesy call to the respective dioceses.

It was a culmination of diocesan and development projects visit to have fellowship with Christians and the communities in the country.

Among the highlights so far are the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Nakuru and the dedication of the site for the building of the proposed Kenya Anglican University (KAU) at Kanyuambora area in Mbeere. In community development, the team interacted with the community in Machakos which implements a biogas project as part of climate friendly energy use.

The Archbishop of Kenya also had the opportunity to show Dr. Williams some of the transforming work being done by the Church at grass-roots level, helping local communities to face the challenges of poverty and the effects of climate change. These included a visit to a village in Machakos which had implemented a biogas initiative to bring greener energy to their rural community and also engaged with a church-community mobilisation project in Embu which had successfully brought sustainable change to their food production by working together towards a shared vision.

Reflecting on their experiences over the past few days, the two Archbishops said: The visit has been a joyful and fruitful one for us both, and we thank God for the great witness of this treasured part of the Anglican family. The journey together has provided global perspective on the riches of our faith in Christ as members of the Anglican Communion. We need to continue to uphold this fellowship as a gift from God through His Son Jesus Christ for our common witness in the world. This visit has strengthened the historic fellowship between our two Provinces, and we will continue to hold the mission and witness of our churches in prayer.

A theological public forum with the theme; "The Church's Role in Holistic Mission in the 21st Century," was held at All Saints Cathedral Nairobi.

(Photo: Archbishop Eliud Wabukala and Archbishop Rowan Williams lay foundation stone at the proposed Kenya Anglican University Site)

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