Bishop Tengatenga resigns as head of Anglican southern Malawi

Reverend Dr James Tengatenga has resigned as Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Malawi, Nyasa Times understands.

The church insiders said the respectable Man-of-God had got a new window of opportunity in United States.

“He will be lecturing at a university in America,” said the church source.

Tengatenga confirmed that has been offered a job at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire but said the Anglican Church will issue a statement on his status in due course.

It was however not clear if His Grace Tengatenga will also quit as chairperson of the powerful interfaith religious grouping, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC).

PAC executive director Robert Phiri said:“At the moment, he [Tengatenga] has not resigned [here at PAC] nor is he supposed to resign immediately unless otherwise stated.

“Procedurally, the executive committee and the board of trustees will be formally engaged to examine other factors such as when he is likely to leave the country for USA.”

Bishop Tengatenga: Quits post for Southern Malawi Anglican diocese
Bishop Tengatenga: Quits post for Southern Malawi Anglican diocese

Upfront Tengatenga when commenting on social and political issues, was elected PAC chair in absentia but accepted the position.

PAC is a civil society, interfaith organization made up of Christians — Protestants and Catholics — and Muslims which led Malawi’s transition from one-party dictatorship to political plularism from 1992 to 1994 when the country’s first democratic elections in 30 years were held.

The bishop has been involved in HIV/AIDS ministry as a member of the Malawi National AIDS Commission, which coordinates the national response to HIV and AIDS.

He has been involved in many ecumenical activities in the country and has chaired the Malawi Council of Churches. Bishop Tengatenga has also worked in mediation among political parties in Malawi.

During the 2004 elections he chaired a committee of church leaders to facilitate multi-party talks that led to the Mgwirizano Coalition.

Within the worldwide Anglican Communion,  Bishop Tengatenga is the a member of the Anglican Consultative Council and of the Joint Standing Committee of the ACC and the Primates Meeting of the Anglican Communion.

He represents the ACC on the Board of St. George’s College, Jerusalem, and is a member of theInter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations. Bishop Tengatenga is a member of the International Board of SOMA (Sharing of Ministries Abroad).

Tengatenga  earned a Ph.D in Church and State Relations from the University of Malawi, and has been honored with doctorate degrees from the Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, and General Theological Seminary in New York.

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