Anomalies From the Rooftop

Theology from Anomalies. One story a day from the world of Christianity that is just a little off-beat. Sometimes, in shouting the good news from the rooftop, Christians do some strange things.

Monday, September 11, 2006

This just in from God: Celebrate Kunonga's Wedding Anniversary

The Bishop of Harare (Zimbabwe), the Rt. Rev'd Nolbert Kunonga ordered that all Anglican churches in his diocese close last Sunday (September 10th) to celebrate his wedding anniversary. Rather than celebrating the Lord's Day in their parish churches and with their parish communities, everyone was to attend the National Sports Centre in Harare, where everyone was expected to present that happy couple with gifts. The Mother's Union has been ordered to provide large quantities of food and drink. Apparently, the event is also going to start a fundraising drive for Bishop Gaul Theological College, which trains students from Zimbabwe to be Anglican priests.

It's pretty clear what's going on here: this is not about the glorification of God, but rather about the glorification of Bishop Kunonga.

Outside of the members of the Diocese of Harare, this doesn't have much in the way of practical effects. As the worldwide Anglican Communion girds itself to a battle about it's future destiny as a ecclesial organization, how disturbing that a Bishop in Zimbabwe can't even manage to let Sunday alone as a time of worship for his people. Of course, he's already been roundly condemned. Perhaps the only real shocking thing about this story is that he closed churches on a Sunday. Which is ludicrous.


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