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Bishop Tengatenga "saddened" by college decision to withdraw job offer

Posted on: August 16, 2013 12:58 PM
Bishop of Malawi James Tengatenga
Photo Credit: Diocese of Texas
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By ACNS staff

Anglican bishop James Tengatenga has expressed his disappointment over the decision by Dartmouth College president Philip J. Hanlon to U-turn on the offer of a position there.

Bishop Tengatenga, who is also Chair of the Anglican Consultative Council, announced last month that after 15 years as bishop of Southern Malawi he was tendering his resignation to become the Virginia Rice Kelsey Dean of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College.

He was due to begin in January 2014 but pressure from some of the college's students and faculty, who were concerned about the bishop's views on homosexuality, caused Mr Hanlon to withdraw the job offer.

Bp Tengatenga told the Episcopal News Service (ENS) that, while he is yet to get official confirmation from the college, the decision has "saddened" him.

"They have chosen to trust bigotry over truth and justice," he said.

Bp Tengatenga will not be withdrawing his resignation as bishop of Southern Malawi and told ENS that his future plans are "in the Lord's hands".