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Malawian to Head Tucker Foundation

Tengatenga.jpgThe College will shortly announce that James Tengatenga is to leave his role as the Anglican Bishop of Southern Malawi to lead the Tucker Foundation. The post has been open since Richard Crocker left the position several months ago. Last week’s announcement by the Anglican Communion did not note Bishop Tengatenga’s position on marriage equality, an issue that has been highly controversial among African churches. Count Tengatenga’s appointment as another unconventional choice by Phil Hanlon.

Addendum: Here is a fuller report on Tengatenga’s background. In addition, a little more digging has unearthed the following story (African call to excommunicate those who enter into a gay marriage: The Church of England Newspaper, Sept 16, 2011 p 6.) about Tengatenga’s views on homosexuality and the consecration of gay bishops:

Bishop James Tengatenga of Southern Malawi told reporters the Malawian church had no truck with the new teachings on human sexuality.

In an interview with the Malawi Sunday Times published on Sept 11 [2011], Bishop Tengatenga, the Dean of the Anglican Church of Malawi and chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council, also denied the Archbishop of Canterbury had changed the Anglican Communion’s teachings on homosexuality.

Bishop Tengatenga defended Dr. Williams, who visits Malawi in October to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the church in Central Africa, explaining the archbishop’s private views were distinct from his public pronouncements. “The Anglican Church hasn’t changed, yes we are against homosexuality and Williams does not approve of the consecration of gay bishops,” he said. “The church’s position and an individual’s are two different things.”

The Anglican dioceses in Malawi remained “totally against homosexuality,” he told the Sunday Times.

The Harare press statement said it followed the province’s teaching that “Marriage is between a man and woman” and “should be monogamous, one man, one wife and one woman, one husband.”

The Malawi Times website is not running at this time. The above story was first published on the Church of England Newspaper’s website, which is open only to subscribers.

Erratum: Richard Crocker writes in:

Your article about the appointment of James Tengatenga as Dean of the Tucker Foundation states:

“The post has been open since Richard Crocker left the position several months ago.”

I am in fact very much still in office and working hard, until August 31, when, as announced in October (2012), I will retire.

Of course, as is proper, I had no part at all in the selection of my successor.

Thank you for this correction.

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