Our Matriarch and Co-Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev ++ Dr. Christine Mercy Johnson was the special guest at Holy Trinity Church COGIC and Cultural Arts Center for a special Ecumenical Service, where a proclamation was given from the WAC to the Church’s Chief Overseer, Apostle Dr. Andrew D. Clark, Sr. In return, Archbishop Johnson was presented with a certificate of Honorary Membership, before delivering a special sermon to the children and adults on Resurrection Power. Later in the day, Archbishop Johnson met with a number of senior clergies from around Greater Cleveland City to discuss ways in which they could work together. The Cleveland Clergy Alliance presented her with a proclamation of Interfaith cooperation and support, which stated, “our support of the mission God has given you to unite together as “ambassadors for Christ.”
The Office of the Patriarch wishes to announce that the AFRICAN TRINITY THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE has changed its name to TRINITY THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE, and its logo. The College has also changed its location from Fort Portal to Kampala, Uganda. The Rev Prof Dr Kironde Kigozi is its new Principal.
ECUMENICAL CONSECRATION – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2019
Archbishop ++ Dr. Christine Mercy Johnson, Co-Presiding Bishop of the Worldwide Anglican Church had the profound honor of being Chief Consecrator of one of America’s most prominent, highly respected, award-winning Civil Rights activist who was Installed into the Dayton Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2012- the Right Reverend + Dr. Jerome McCorry.
In 2008, Bishop McCorry founded a faith-based, non-profit organization, The Adam Project, to work primarily with African American men and boys returning from jail and prison, to provide mentoring, counseling, employment opportunities, and a sentencing component providing the opportunity for alternatives to prison and jail. The Adam project gained the support of judges at the federal, state and municipal levels.
In 2015, Bishop McCorry, Dr. Cornel West and activist carl Dix, collaborated to convene RiseUp October in New York to commemorate the lives of young Black people lost in the hands of police in America. Following RiseUp October, Bishop McCorry founded the National Congress of Faith & Social Justice, a Black clergy-led, 501(c) 3 non-profit strategic roundtable and think tank comprised of diverse faith representatives, criminal justice professionals, educators, community leaders, and persons impacted united to drive a policy agenda, to build collective power to dismantle the new Jim and Jane Crow system of mass incarceration, address the overall need for criminal justice reform, and to address the racial divide caused by the economic disenfranchisement of people of color.
Archbishop Dr. Christine Mercy Johnson has been appointed as the Co-Chair of the Ecumenical Faith Committee of the National Congress of Faith & Social Justice.
HISTORIC CONSECRATIONS AND INSTALLATION
Sunday, November 11th, 2019 – The Most Rev ++ Dr. Akinbode Oke was Installed as Primate for Nigeria, the Right Rev + Seun Adeoye as lead Bishop for Nigeria, and the Right Rev + Shekinah Violet Efiong as Bishop for Nigeria. She is only the second female Bishop to be elevated within the Worldwide Anglican Church. The Chief Consecrator was His Grace, the Most Rev ++ Christopher Lwanga Tusubira, Co-Presiding Bishop of the Worldwide Anglican Church.
“I am deeply humbled, honored and grateful that our Heavenly Father is lifting up a few well trained, disciplined and loving women, strong in the Episcopacy, and deeply committed to be the mothers that the Church on earth is crying out for. As scandals of sexual misconduct and blatant abuse of power, greed, ego, separation, and a watered-down version of the gospel are preached almost daily, God is answering that cry with us – and trust me, it takes GREAT COURAGE to answer that call with “Yes, Lord – send me!” said Her Grace, the Most Rev ++ Dr. Christine Mercy Johnson, Co-Presiding Bishop fo the WAC.
“We are well aware of the difficult path ahead of us – but we stand firm as soldiers and Officers in God’s Army, prepared to be that nurturing strength that the Church is desperately needing these days. On the eve of her Consecration, I said to Bishop Efiong, “My spiritual daughter, as God leads you, and the Holy Spirit moves through you – as Jesus stands before you – I stand beside you!”
Patriarch, and Co-Presiding Bishop the Most Rev ++ Christopher Lwanga Tusubira visited one of rural churches this week in Uganda, Africa – Sept. 2019. He received a very warm welcome from the village children and a special service of blessing.
ANNOUNCEMENT The Archbishops Council of the Worldwide Anglican Church in Kampala – Uganda has today Tuesday 17th November 2019 approved the election of THE REV JOHN GIDUDU as the BISHOP of The Mount Elgon WAC Diocese in Eastern Uganda. The Rev John Gidudu was born on 20th January 1966 at Kabembe Village, Kavule Ward in Bulamburi District. He was trained in Theology and Ministry at Buwalasi Theological College from 1996 to 2000, and ordained a Deacon in 2001 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral – Buhugu. In 2003, he was ordained a Priest in the same Cathedral. Rev John Gidudu has since served the Church in different capacities. He is married to Yemema and they have 8 children. Both John and Yemema accepted Jesus Christ as their saviour and have been serving the Anglican Church together. Rev John Gidudu will be consecrated and enthroned at St Paul’s Church Wamala – Kampala, Uganda on Sunday 12th January 2020.
At a critical time when Nigeria is struggling with its image abroad, two Nigerian clerics, Archbishop Akinbode Oke and Bishop Seun Adeoye, have been appointed as members of the House of Bishops, the highest decision body of the Worldwide Anglican Church.
According to a statement signed on Thursday by Bishop Adeoye and made available to reporters, the announcement for the appointments was made in Uganda by the Presiding Patriarch of WAC, Archbishop Lwanga C. Tusubira, in a message to all members of the Church across the world.
WAC came into existence 98 years ago, precisely September 1921, with the consecration of George McGuire as Bishop in the United States of America and was later elected by the Conclaves of Bishops as Archbishop and the first Patriarch with the title Alexander 1.
Oke and Adeoye are the first set of Nigerians to occupy such a high position in the Church and they are expected to join 13 other clergies across the world in taking vital decisions in the running of the affairs of WAC.Members of the House of Bishops are Archbishops Tusubira (Uganda – Africa), Christine J.A Johnson (Presiding Matriarch – United States of America), Spencer Garnica (Primate and Archbishop– South and Central America) Carlos Enrique Segura Beltran (Archbishop – South America) John S. Elbelding (Archbishop USA), Dr. Elija Arok (Archbishop – South -Sudan) and Barnabas Titung (Archbishop – Nepal) Others are Moses Paul Rajasingh (Archbishop – India), Paulo Sergio Fereira (Archbishop – Brazil), Bishop Jan Beaderstadt (Apostolic Nuncio to Patriarch and Matriarch), Marco Perez (Lead Bishop – Lima Peru South America, Jimmy Bamuke (Lead Bishop – East Africa) and Rev. Diego Diaz (Chaplain to the House of Bishops).
Oke, an Ekiti State-born cleric, was appointed as the Archbishop, West Africa, and Primate Nigeria, while Adeoye, who hails from Ogun State but has his base in Osun State, was the Lead Bishop, Nigeria, and West Africa.
Over 10 Nigerians Bishops will be received into WAC, Nigeria Diocese at an installation ceremony slated for November this year and the event is expected to be directed by the Church’s Patriarch, Archbishop Tusubira. [THE EAGLE ONLINE]