The fourth Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Benjamin Mwanzia Nzimbi, was enthroned on Sunday 22 September, at a colourful ceremony at the All Saints' Cathedral in Nairobi. Thousands of Anglicans and representatives of other religious groups attended the enthronement service, which was also attended by many political leaders.
Archbishop Donald Mtetemela of the Anglican Province of Tanzania delivered the sermon in which he challenged both religious and political leaders to practice humility and servanthood. "For some of us bishops, our congregations have to go through a ritual of bureaucracy to see us - this is not the way of our Lord", he said amid cheers from the congregation.
The acting dean of the Province of Kenya, the Rt Revd Stephen Njihia Mwangi of Nakuru Diocese was the service celebrant, which was marked by interjections of song, dance and poetry. The Provincial Chancellor, Advocate Tom Onyango swore in the Archbishop-elect who vowed to uphold the church constitution.
Congratulatory messages from the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA), the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Communion in London were read to the congregation.
In his acceptance speech, Archbishop Nzimbi said he would continue in the footsteps of his predecessor, Dr David Gitari, in fighting injustice in the society. "The church will not sit by as the rights of the voiceless are trampled upon," he announced.
He said he would streamline the management of the church institutions such as theological colleges and hospitals. The church would also take a key role in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Archbishop Nzimbi, 57, becomes the fourth primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya after Leonard Beecher, Festo Olang', Dr Manasses Kuria and Dr Gitari. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Master of Arts degree in Non-Profit Management from Hamline University in St Paul, Minnesota, US.
Article from: CAPA