The Nation reports on Kenyan bishops in England by Kenneth Ogosia:
About 10 Anglican Church of Kenya bishops are in England, raising fears that they will attend the Lambeth Conference that kicks off today, the Nation can reveal.
The Kenyan church alongside other conservative provinces, have decided to boycott the conference, protesting the laid back handling of gay clergy in the Anglican Communion.
Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi has said that he is aware of the collaboration programmes of the bishops with other churches in Europe and expressed confidence that none of them will attend the conference.
However, he said that no specific action would be taken against any bishop who decides to attend the conference on an individual capacity.
“It is upon their synods and personal conscience because morality is the pillar of Christianity,” he said.
Addressing the Press in his office, Archbishop Nzimbi said that all Orthodox Anglicans were not attending the conference since they could not preach wine and drink something else.
The bishops for Bondo, Nyahururu, Nakuru, Kericho, Machakos, Mt Kenya, Mbeere, Taita Taveta, Embu and Mumias are meeting diocesan partners in England.
He said that since it takes 10 years for all the Anglican bishops in the world to meet at Lambeth, bonding sessions take place even two months prior to the official opening of the talks.
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Nigeria are unanimous that none of their bishops should attend the conference.
“If we allowed immorality to take place, then soon some African clergy will demand to break their vows of marriage to enter polygamy,” he said.
He said that the 1998 Lambeth Conference made a resolution rejecting homosexuality, which was not enforced by the head of the Anglican Church.
Archbishop Nzimbi pledged to ensure conservatives were united in fighting immorality.
A priest, the Rev Kenneth Wachianga, however, urged the bishops to attend the conference, saying that boycotting it would be tantamount to abandoning sinners. The priest said the mission of the church was to change sinners.
“Jesus died for sinners and left us as fishers of men. You cannot help sinners by running away from them,” he said.
And from the Standard Lambeth boycott betrays our homophobic prejudice by Kang’ethe Mungai