Thursday, September 26, 2013

Terror attack won't derail GAFCON II

George Conger, reporting for Anglican Ink:
Last week’s terror attack on the Westgate Mall will not derail the Gafcon II conference set for 21-26 October 2013 at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, the secretary of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans tells Anglican.TV.

In an interview recorded on 26 September 2013 with Anglican.TV's Kevin Kallsen, Dr. Peter Jensen stated that he and Bishop Martyn Minns had flown to Kenya to meet with local conference organizers to discuss security arrangements. Dr. Jensen said he was satisfied with the precautions taken by conference organizers to forestall disruptions of the proceedings and noted the Kenyan government had matters well in hand.

The archbishop’s flying visit coincided with a special meeting of the Anglican Church of Kenya’s synod on 25-26 Sept 2013 at All Saints’ Cathedral to discuss the attack on the Westgate Mall by terrorists linked to the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab and the Gafcon meeting.

In a statement released at the close of the session, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala – the primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya and chairman of the Gafcon primate’s council – urged Kenyans to support the police in the battle against terrorism.

It was the patriotic duty of all Kenyans to “participate in ensuring security at the airports, the bus-stops and were we live, let it not be the work of the police alone,” he said.

The synod had condemned the attack as a “most heinous” crime and affirmed the statement issued by the country’s Christian and Muslim leaders on Saturday which had called upon all Kenyans (Muslim and Christian) to remain united in the face of terror.

“Let us not only come together in times of tragedy, but let us be united always,” Archbishop Wabukala said.

The Anglican archbishop’s words were echoed on 26 September 2013 in a statement released by the region’s Roman Catholic leaders: the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA).

In a letter addressed to Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the people of Kenya, Archbishop Tarcisius Ziyaye of Lilongwe, Malawi, said that it was with “great shock and sadness that [AMECEA] received the sad news of the terrorist attack”.

East Africa’s Catholic bishops were “all praying for the people of Kenya,” and urging solidarity in the face of evil, the message said.