Africa appoints its first female anglican bishop

The Church of England may have rejected the call to ordain women as Bishops, but the Anglican Church in Swaziland has no such objections; Ellinah Wamukoya, 61, made history when she was consecrated as a Bishop in the small African kingdom.

Following her ordination, Bishop Wamukoya stated she wants to represent God’s feminine qualities. “I am going to try to represent the mother attribute of God. A mother is a caring person but, at the same time, a mother can be firm in doing whatever she is doing.

“It is also humbling and challenging, because I know that the whole world is looking at me to see if I will deliver, and to what level I am going to deliver.”

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa attended the consecration, and wrote his feelings of the event in a blog stating, “We feel all the more enriched by today because, by virtue of our baptism, we are called to join in anything and everything that God is doing in His world, and we have felt His leading and responded to His call.

“May we all continue to follow Christ in calling all those who are at the margins of our church and society, so they may find themselves at the centre of God’s love and of His welcoming embrace.”

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