Anglican Bishops call for dialogue

Anglican Bishops call for dialogue

Story by SUNDAY NATION Reporter
Publication Date: 1/13/2008

The Anglican Church of Kenya has expressed fears of violence during the countrywide mass action called for next week by ODM leaders.

Consequently, the Church appealed to would-be demonstrators to avoid violence and police to shun use of live bullets to avoid loss of lives.

“We are not against the idea of mass action but our fear is that some people may use the event to engage in violence and to loot property,” the ACK Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi, told a press conference at the church headquarters in Nairobi.

“The law enforcers should provide security without excessive force. They should not use live bullets on the people and must avoid being partisan,” said Archbishop Nzimbi who read the statement the bishops had prepared after their two-day meeting.

Consult over crisis

The 33 ACK bishops in the country have been meeting for the last two days to pray and consult over the crisis that has engulfed the country following the disputed Presidential election results released on December 30.

The crisis has resulted in nearly 500 deaths and destruction of property estimated at Sh60 billion.

ODM called for countrywide protests beginning on Wednesday following the collapse of talks between its leader Raila Odinga and President Kibaki.

Yesterday the ACK Bishops pleaded with both sides of the political divide to submit themselves to mediated dialogue on all outstanding issues.

They also appealed for amendments to the Constitution to address gaps in the electoral laws and those touching on powers of the President.

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  1. Steven Berry Says:

    You are in my prayers.

    Steve

  2. Alice C. Linsley Says:

    And mine and I’ve asked many others to pray also.

  3. Bishop Ijaz Inayat Says:

    We will continue to pray for Kenya and the ebtire Churh including the ACK. This is Lords call for prayer in this particular situation and whereever there are difficult situations.

  4. Father Ron Smith Says:

    In solidarity with the world-wide Anglican Communion, we prayed this morning for the Church in Kenya and for Archbishop Nzimbi, who is still, at this point in time, a Primate in our Church.

    Our prayer is also for the people of Kenya, who will need the example of peace-making and open dialogue that the Church should be offering.

    I pray that Archbshop Nzimbi and his colleagues in the Anglican Church of Kenya - together with all members of the Christian Churches in that country - may seek the will of God, in order to contribute something of wisdom and value to the continuing disputes between the opposing factions

    I offer this Franciscan Prayer for us all:

    Lord, make us Instruments of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is discord, union;
    Where there is doubt, faith;
    Where there is darkness, let us shed light;
    Where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master, let us not seek to BE consoled, so much as TO console; to BE understood, as TO understand; to BE loved as TO Love.

    For it is in giving that we receive;
    In pardoning, that we are pardoned;
    And in dying (to self) we are born to eternal life