Friday, June 10, 2016

Kenya Anglicans elect new archbishop to succeed former GAFCON chair

From Christian Century-

Jackson Nasoore Ole Sapit, a traditionalist Anglican bishop who nonetheless steered clear of sexuality issues, has been elected the new archbishop of Kenya and is being installed on July 3.

Ole Sapit, 52, who headed Kericho Diocese in western Kenya, will replace outgoing archbishop Eliud Wabukala and also serve as bishop of All Saints Cathedral, the national seat of the Anglican Church. Wabukala’s official retirement date was June 26.

Ole Sapit said a priority would be playing a role in restoring stability in his multiethnic country with its recent history of election violence and ethnic conflict, as well as terrorist attacks by the Somali al-Shabaab militant group.

“The church has spoken and this is the voice of God,” he said. “The first task is to unite ourselves, so that we can unite the country.”

Ole Sapit comes from the Maasai, a seminomadic people who worship their own deity, though a number have adopted Christianity.

Many expect Ole Sapit to follow in the footsteps of Wabukala, a strong opponent of same-sex unions and the ordination of LGBT people in the Anglican Communion.

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