The Archbishop of Kenya has withdrawn from the Anglican Mission in America’s (AMiA) College of Consultors. Sources within the AMiA and in the Anglican Church of Kenya tell Anglican Ink Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has written to Bishop Chuck Murphy withdrawing his patronage from the organization.
Last week Bishop Murphy announced that five primates – Archbishop Henri Isingoma of the Congo, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya, and retired archbishops Emmanuel Kolini, Yong Ping Chung and Moses Tay – had agreed to provide archiepiscopal oversight for the AMiA as it reconstitutes itself as a mission society.
On 1 May 2012, Bishop Murphy announced that following a meeting in London the five archbishops had “issued a decree” for the establishment of a “mission society” that would continue the AMiA’s work of “advancing apostolic works and ministry.”
The statement said that on 25 April 2012 the five primates had agreed to “serve on the College of Consultors, its overseeing body.” Bishop Murphy said he hoped the new society would be in place within 40 days and that he was calling a convocation meeting on June 4 to inaugurate the new entity.
Sources within the Gafcon primates council stated there had been no discussion of the AMiA mission society proposal during the London FCA meeting. The news had also come as a surprise to Archbishop Robert Duncan, Anglican Ink learned.
Queried as to his reasons for giving his endorsement to the new society, Archbishop Wabukala told his colleagues on the primates’ council after the news had been made public, that he believed his support would allow the AMiA to “fold in” to the ACNA.
The Kenyan archbishop’s reasons for withdrawing from the AMiA College of Consultors is not know at present. Attempts to reach him today were unsuccessful and he is expected to be out of touch for the immediate future as Archbishop Wabukala was married on 5 May 2012 in Nairobi.
Asked for its comments, the AMiA said it would be releasing a statement shortly.