Steps towards Reunion: A Statement for the Consultative Committee


At a conference in Kikuyu (present-day Kenya) in 1913, British missionaries from the Anglican, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches agreed to a Scheme of Federation to help them compete with non-Christian groups in Africa and to avoid transplanting the “unhappy divisions” among the churches of Britain to the mission field. The conference gave rise to a bitter controversy within the Anglican Church. Frank Weston, bishop of Zanzibar (present-day Tanzania), objected to federation with the other churches. He accused two of the leading Anglicans involved in the conference, William George Peel, bishop of Mombasa, and J.J. Willis, bishop of Uganda, of holding heretical views on church authority and other matters. The controversy was referred to the Central Consultative Body of the Lambeth Conference, the decennial assembly of Anglican bishops convened by the archbishop of Canterbury. Steps towards Reunion: A Statement for the Consultative Committee is a defense by Peel and Willis of their position. The bishops argue that the Kikuyu Conference complied with conditions previously set by the Anglican Church for a rapprochement among British churches. The statement is from a bound compilation of ten documents relating to the early history of the Anglican Church in Uganda in the library of Uganda Christian University at Mukono, near Kampala. The university was founded in 1997 by the Anglican Church of Uganda and incorporates Bishop Tucker Theological College, founded in 1913.

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Longmans, Green and Co., London


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70 pages ; 22 centimeters


  • From the Uganda Christian University. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

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