The Bishop of Chelmsford and a group of clergy and laity from Chelmsford Diocese have been visiting the link dioceses of Embu, Mbeere, Kirinyaga and Meru in Kenya, at the invitation of the bishops there, to explore ways of developing this long-established link.
The Archbishop of Kenya, The Most Revd Benjamin Nzimbi, has been reported as saying that the Kenyan Church was unable to continue with advancing the lined-up activities with the Diocese of Chelmsford’.
Bishop John was greatly surprised and saddened by this response, as the visit is wholly devoted to the building up of the links between the dioceses. Bishop John and the group he has been leading have hugely benefited from visiting the churches in Kenya.
Bishop John said, ‘I hope that we can get over this misunderstanding and make clear our determination to carry forward the Lambeth Resolutions, and to learn how God is at work in all his people in England and in Kenya.’
Bishop John will be working in Kenya in the coming days to try and resolve these misunderstandings, and to strengthen the bonds between the two dioceses.
Bishop John, who is also the Chair of the Board of Christian Aid will also be visiting Christian Aid in Nairobi in the coming days.