Anglican Church seeks to boost education, infrastructure

The Anglican Church will soon start its own university that will among other things offer theology courses in a bid to improve the quality of education for church leaders to abide by the new law governing faith-based organisations.

The East African Christian University is located in Kabuga, Gasabo district and is ready to start, according to officials.

It will also offer courses such as theology, communication, business, public health, education, among others, according to Laurent Mbanda, Archbishop of Anglican Church in Rwanda.

Officials made the revelations on Friday during the closing of a two-day conference that brought together senior church leaders and their counterparts from United States of America to discuss how the church can contribute more to the development of the church and Rwandans in general.

“Construction activities of the university are almost complete and all is set. We applied for accreditation fromthe Higher Education Council (HEC) to allow us to start offering courses, we hope they will visit and give us the go-ahead to start,” he said.

Rick Warren to address 2000 Rwandan leaders

Renowned American evangelist, Rick Warren, will on Tuesday next week preach at a gathering in Kigali where nearly 2000 Rwandan leaders have been invited to discuss purpose driven leadership.

At least 1800 leaders from across the country are expected for the gathering at which invitees also include 300 government officials, 300 business leaders, and 1200 church leaders.

The meeting, dubbed ‘Purpose Driven Leadership Gathering’, was organised by PEACE Plan Rwanda, a network of church members through which local churches and leaders are empowered, as well as Rwanda Leaders Fellowship (RLF), a non-for-profit organisation known for organising the annual national prayer breakfast.

New Bishop For Kigeme Diocese Elected

An ordinary meeting held on September 12, 2017 by the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, elected Rev. Assiel Musabyimana for Kigeme Diocese in Nyamagabe district.

Rev. Assiel Musabyimana succeeds Rt. Rev. Augustin Nvunabandi, who will hand over the leadership stick on January 1, 2018 at St John’s Cathedral of Kigeme Diocese.

Rev. Musabyimana is a son of the soil, born in 1969 in Nyamagabe District, Kaduha Sector, Musenyi Cell (in Bunyambiriri Archdeaconry, Nkomero Parish.

He studied at Nkomero Primary School and at College St Esprit Nyanza (Former Normal Primaire Nyanza) for his high school studies. He studied at Protestant University of Rwanda for his Diploma studies in Theology, and in Uganda Christian University at Bishop Barham University College for his Bachelor of Theology in Divinity.

He is currently pursuing a Master of Theology and Development.

He is married to Mrs. Valerie Nyirabihimana and blessed with three children; two daughters and a son.

He was ordained priest and ordained deacon respectively on March 1, 1998 and August 12, 2001 at Kigeme.

He is currently manages the parish Investment Fund. In the Diocesan Office he has assumed different responsibilities from 1998 respectively Chaplain of the Bishop, Chaplain of Kigeme Hospital, and Head of Ecumenical Center for Theological Research.

Anglican Church raises red flag on rise in broken marriages

Marriages are crumbling and the trend is growing, raising concern, not only for Rwanda but also for the entire world, Rev. Canon Dr Antoine Rutayisire, a Senior Pastor at St. Peter’s Remera Parish of the Anglican Church has warned.

“All over the world, families are falling apart. People are getting wealthier, people are getting more educated, but families are falling apart, and [getting] miserable,” Rutayisire said.

He used the platform of the Anglican Church’s annual celebration of Father’s Union on Sunday to deliver a warning against rushing into marriage because of the desire for material wealth.

Rutayisire’s warning comes at a time when Supreme Court figures show that cases of divorce have been rising gradually, from 21 cases in 2016, to 69 in 2017, and 1,311 in 2018.

He said the figure portrayed a growing trend of disintegrating families.

Indeed, these figures imply that cases of divorce increased by more than 62 times, or over 6,200 per cent in the last three years.

“And those [cases] are for those who dared to go to court. Those who are living miserably in their homes are more than that,” he stated.

Rutayisire made the observation while addressing the congregation during a sermon he delivered at Remera Parish in Kigali on Sunday.

Citing Psalms 127, he encouraged the public to build their families based on “true” love and respect for God and each other.

The Remera Parish welcomed 31 new members into Father’s Union.

Fathers’ Union is a forum for married men promoting Christ-Centred families. It was introduced by the Parish in 2008 and it has been adopted by other parishes in the country, according to Anglican Church leaders.

At Remera Parish alone, the forum has over 300 members.

Rutayisire said that the forum prepares people to build their homes according to God’s planning, homes that please God and bless people.

“It intends to build homes where three major things happen: one, a place where God is honoured; two, a place where husband and wife are happy, and make each other happy, where they will find blessing and peace; three, a place where children are even healthy and enjoy a health climate to grow physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually,” Rutayisire observed.

James Kazubwenge, Chairman of Fathers’ Union at St. Peter’s Remera Parish, said that the main and factors for failing families include adultery and domestic violence, adding that this adversely affects the family welfare.

A person who obeys God does not commit adultery. When you are in Fathers’ Union, you love your wife and properly take care of your home, such that the family remains united,” he said.

Jean d’Amour Mugiraneza and Angélique Mukanyandwi got married seven years ago.

The couple has two children, and testifies that they have benefited a lot from the Union, to which Mugiraneza is a member.

“Today marriages are disintegrating because some people get more interested in material possessions when dating. When the wealth decrease after marriage, one of the couples rush for divorce,” she said.

For us, she noted, we don’t have any plan to separate, nor any idea towards that because we have built our relationship on Jesus Christ, not ethnicity, possessions, and we stick to the marriage.