Archive for January, 2008

Report on Bishop Bakare’s meetings with clergy and church wardens – Sat 5 Jan 08

January 21, 2008

The email below comes from Marondera (75 km east of Harare). On Saturday 5 January Bp Bakare held a meeting in the morning with ‘his’ priests (about 35) and in the afternoon some 120 churchwardens and some clergy had the third in a series of meetings to update people on events in the Diocese.

Sent: 05 January 2008 23:52

Subject: Anglican church

Epiphany 2008

Dear friends and family in Christ.

I spent all Saturday at meetings with the new Bishop, Sebastian Bakare, starting with a lovely communion service at St Michael’s Church Mbare, and found him a gracious and caring man, now well into his seventies, at least. A sound theologian and ready to accept ‘back into the CPCA’ those priests who had followed the rogue ex-Bish, Dr. Norbert Kunonga, the ZANU(PF) supporter, some of whose priests have been engaged in touring Harare beating up people and priests who wanted to ‘return’ to the CPCA. (more…)

The miracle of Christmas at Christchurch, Borrowdale

January 21, 2008

Further to Bishop Bakare’s Epiphany message, the following is taken from the Christchurch Borrowdale church magazine January issue.
Acknowledgements go to DT who wrote it.

THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS AT CHRISTCHURCH

On the Sunday before Christmas the situation in our church reached what must surely be its lowest point. A full congregation awaited the arrival of our Bishop to celebrate Holy Communion. Instead we saw Canon Harry Rinashe pacing to and fro in the chancel and shouting that he would not allow Bishop Bakare to come to “his” church. (more…)

Bishop Bakare’s Epiphany Pastoral Letter – 5 Jan 08

January 21, 2008

Church of the Province of Central Africa

The Diocese of Harare

From the Bishop of Harare
P O Box HR 7331
Harare

Pastoral Letter from the Bishop

Ephiphany 2008

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ

Greetings.

The festive season of Christmas has come and gone, and we are looking towards yet another important part of the Christian calendar, the time of Epiphany, a time in which God reveals Himself to all humanity.

But this Christmas cannot go without a few remarks which have made it very special for many Christians, especially in Harare. Like Mary and Joseph who were refused a place in the inn in Bethlehem, I and my wife together with fellow Christians at Christchurch Borrowdale found ourselves unwanted in the church – named after Christ for that matter! What an irony it was. (more…)

Bishop Bakare’s Christmas message – 5 Dec 07

January 21, 2008

Church of the Province of Central Africa

The Diocese of Harare

From the Bishop of Harare
P O Box HR 7331
Harare

5 December 2007

Bishop’s Christmas Message

“The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it.”

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ

Greetings.

These words from John’s gospel chapter 1 tell us about Jesus whose birthday we celebrate at this time. It tells us about his mission that was to create confusion but eventually transformed the salvation history of humanity. The world to which Jesus came was full of religious and political uncertainty. Sin had plunged humanity into the jungle where there was no clear direction to pursue. The world was left in permanent darkness. Ignorance and falsehood dominated people’s lives. Jesus as light exposed these self-serving falsehoods but the world refused to see this light. (more…)

CPCA Press Statement – 21 Nov 07

January 21, 2008

Press Statement: Bishop Bakare already at the helm of the Anglican Diocese of Harare (CPCA)

Bishop Sebastian Bakare has already taken office as Acting Bishop/Vicar General of the Anglican Diocese of Harare under the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA, or Province).

Bishop Bakare totally refutes the contents of the front page article in the Herald on Tuesday, 20th November, 2007. He stated that it is a complete fabrication and is blatantly mischievous and misleading.

The factual position is that Dr Kunonga and a few persons close to him have broken away from the Province which covers Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (more…)

CPCA Press Statement – 21 Nov 07

January 21, 2008

Bishop Sebastian Bakare has come to Harare to stay

THE recent developments within the Anglican Diocese of Harare have created some unnecessary divisions among the Christians in our Church with the former Bishop of the Diocese Nolbert Kunonga and his misinformed supporters making grossly misleading statements about their status in the Diocese of Harare.

Bishop Bakare and the Anglican Community who understand the rules and procedures of business conduct in the Church will not engage in acts of violence to defend their position but will seek God’s guidance during these difficult times. Right is on their side. They must defend it with constant Prayers. (more…)

Letter from Rt Rev Albert Chama to all laity and organisations in the Diocese of Harare – 7 Nov 07

January 21, 2008

Letter from Rt Rev Albert Chama to all clergy and laity in Diocese of Harare – 7 Nov 07

January 21, 2008