all church and organisations and ecumenical partners
The Anglican Church in Rwanda
17th September the Anglican Province of Rwanda meeting in
Biryogo, Kigali elected its new Archbishop to take over
from His Grace Emmanuel Kolini, who is retiring. The Rt
Rev Onesphore RWAJE, Bishop of Byumba diocese was elected
as the new Archbishop. The new Archbishop is also to be
the bishop of the newly created diocese of Gasabo ( part
of the Kigali city, part of rural former Kigali prefecture).
He is to take office in Gasabo on January 23, 2012.
Province of Rwanda elected a new bishop of the Anglican
Diosece of Kigali. Rev Canon Louis MUVUNYI was elected on
that position. He was ordained on June 21 and will take
over from His Grace Emmanuel KOLINI, bishop of the Diocese
of Kigali, on 12 December 2010.
Rt Rev. Mbanda, who was elected Bishop of the Shyira diocese
and ordained on 28 March 2010, will take over from the Rt
Rev John RUCYAHANA, retiring, on 14 November.
The Association of Pentecostal Churches in Rwanda ( ADEPR).
church held is elective General Assembly in Muhanga/Gitarama
( South Province) on Wednesday, 15 September 2010. More
than 300 delegates from local congregations and regions
and the Central office as well as representatives of the
Swedish Mission and other partners attended the Assembly
at the ADEPR Gitarama Church. The delegates shared the word
of God and heard messages from the guests.
CPR delegation comprised Dr. Tharcisse Gatwa, the General
Secretary and Isaac Nkundabantu, a staff member in charge
of advocacy, peace and reconciliation programme.
major item of the Assembly agenda was the election of the
church leadership because the existing term was coming at
its end. The assembly activities took place in a peaceful,
transparent and good spirited atmosphere. An electoral commission
appointed by the Assembly coordinated the activities.
A new Executive Board comprising 6 members was elected for
a 4 years term. Equally a Board of directors and the presidents
of the regions were appointed out of the suggestion of the
a. Legal Representative: Rev. Samuel Usabwimana (was re-elected
with 228 votes out of 289 voters). He was running against
another candidate, Rev. Jean Sibomana who had formerly occupied
b. Deputy Legal Representative (in charge of Spiritual life
of the Church): Rev. Come Rutegamihigo was elected with
193 votes out of 289 voters. He was running against 3 other
c. General Secretary: Rev. Callixte Kamanzi was elected
with 262 votes. He was running against one candidate.
d. Treasurer: Rev. Ernest Rutaganira was elected with 237
votes. He was running against one candidate.
e. The Counsellor for Spiritual life of the Church: Rev.
Jean Chrisostome Munyankumburwa. Was elected with 199 votes.
He was running against 3 other candidates.
f. The Counsellor for Finances and Administration: Rev.
Jean Claude Ruzibiza was elected with 207 votes. He was
running against another candidate.
The two outgoing members of the Executive Board were Rev.
Ernest Ruyenzi (on the position of first deputy legal representative
and Rev. Amon Kajabika, from the position of General Secretary).
Three new members entered: Rev. Come Rutegamihigo, Rev.
Callixte Kamanzi and Rev. Jean Claude Ruzibiza.
The Free Methodist Church in Rwanda ( EMLR).
church held its elective General Conference on 16-17 July
2010, at its headquarters, Gikondo,
Kigali. The Conference's agenda comprised the election of
a new leadership. The following were elected for a six years
Legal Representative: Rt Rev. Samuel Kayinamura
2. First Deputy Legal Representative: Rev. Daniel Munyandame
3. Second Deputy Legal Representative: Mr Eraste Bayihorere.
the Conference had endorsed a proposal from the Board of
directors to abandon a two member bishops heading the Church,
an idea that had emerged from the previous General Conference.
Two bishops were then elected: Rt Rev. Phelemon Munyagisaka
Legal Representative, and Rt Rev. Samuel Kayinamura, first
CPR: Conseil Protestant au Rwanda
6 to 8 September 2010, CPR held its first Consultation with
its ecumenical partners and church leaders on the strategic
programmes 2011-2013. The consultation was attended by 30
participants comprising ecumenical partners, church leaders
and the staff. For two days, the participants discussed
the programmes CPR intend to implement in the three coming
years. They interacted on the keynote speech given by Rev.
Dr Andre Karamaga, the General Secretary of the All Africa
Conference of Churches on the role of the Christian Councils
in Africa, and exchanged on CPR's past and present engagement
with church and Rwandan reality given by Dr Tharcisse Gatwa,
General Secretary of CPR as well as on the role of church
related organisations in capacity building of church members
given by Phil Smith, country director of World Relief.
The participants acknowledged the relevance of the 23 programmes
presented to them. At the end of the Consultation, they
took a common engagement that they shall accompany CPR in
the implementation of these; they called the ecumenical
partners who were not able to send representatives to join
them in offering their support to CPR ( see attached the
Kibuye Common engagement for CPR).
the Lord remain your comforter and always supreme counsellor.
17 September 2010