Bishop Tim Dakin's visit to East Africa

    11 Nov. 2014

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    The Bishop of Winchester recently returned from a visit to the Diocese’s companion link Provinces in East Africa. The focus of the visit was Anglican Higher and Further Education institutions in each Province. The visit drew on Bishop Tim’s particular interest in Further and Higher Education as the bishop who speaks on these issues for the Church of England. He visited the Provinces of Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as re-visiting Carlile College in Kenya, a Church Army college of which he was once Principal, and which trains students from across East Africa.

    As the Bishop for further and higher education, Bishop Tim has a particular interest in the eleven Anglican universities in England, and the visit allowed him to learn more about the new Anglican universities that are being set up across these African countries. In Burundi, for example, Tim travelled to the capital, Bujumbura, to attend a service to mark the opening of the new Christian University of Burundi. He delivered a sermon entitled ‘Preparing the next generation of servants’.

    The trip gave Bishop Tim the chance to share the work of England’s Anglican universities with the leaders of these new institutions and to be inspired by their passion for producing Christ-minded graduates with the skills and the knowledge to shape nations.

    The visit allowed Bishop Tim to learn from new institutions that are just beginning to take shape, formed by a distinctly Anglican character. This is a similar character to that which forms the foundation of England’s Anglican universities, and he was reminded of the energy and excitement that comes at the start up of new institutions.

    Bishop Tim met with bishops and Archbishops across the provinces, for example meeting with Rwanda’s Archbishop Onesphore to explore the particular companion link between the Rwandan province, the Deanery of Lyndhurst and Romsey Abbey in the Diocese of Winchester.

    Towards the end of the visit, Bishop Tim re-visited Carlile College in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was Principal from 1993 to 2000. The college trains students from across the region, including the Diocesan mission partner provinces. Carlile College are exploring how they can become a University College so that they can better serve the region.

    Bishop Tim hopes that the visit will see the beginning of a new Diocesan-level partnership between Winchester Diocese and companion link partners across East Africa focused on Further and Higher Education, complementing the personal and community links which already exist at Deanery and Parish levels.