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Mutira Mission

An African Church Comes of Age in Kirinyaga, Kenya (1912-2012)

Julius Gathogo

Publication Year: 2011

Cultural memory and narrative theology are well-known hallmarks of postmodern constructivist thought. The authorís research into a century of Anglican history in the Mount Kenya region has helped to establish the little known village of Mutira on the world map of the history of Christianity in Africa. This book, a composition of African biographies and mission history, chronicles how the Anglican Church has carried out its work in Mutira area in the past 100 years.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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pp. v

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pp. vii-viii

For the last ten years, I have laboured to establish how best I can honour my local people of my Mutira village in Kirinyaga County, Central Kenya, in East Africa, where I was born and brought up some years after Kenya’s independence. The impetus...

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Introduction: Centenary Theme: “Your Word is a Lamp to My Feet”

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pp. 1-5

The completion of this book confirms Mutira Centenary (1912 to 2012) theme in Psalms 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path.” Literally, God’s word is likened to a candle which may be held in the hand to give us light in...

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1. Kirinyaga County

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pp. 7-17

Mutira Mission Centre is situated in Kirinyaga County, Kirinyaga Central District, Mutira location. In turn, Kirinyaga County has five administrative Districts: Kirinyaga Central, Kirinyaga West, Kirinyaga North, Kirinyaga...

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2. Mutira Anglican Mission (1912-2012)

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pp. 19-56

The opening up of Mutira Anglican Missionary Centre in 1911-1912 did not come in isolation. As a matter of fact, the neighbouring Centres had already been operational in as early as 1900. That is, Kabete in 1900, Weithaga in 1904, Kahuhia in...

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3. The Pioneer African Clergy

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pp. 57-90

As noted in the first chapter, the area covered by the old Mutira pastorate is endowed with human resources, material and spiritual resources plus good habitable climate. As noted in our introduction, the area surrounding the missionary centre is near...

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4. Most Rev. Dr. David Mukuba Gitari

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pp. 91-108

Though not a member of Mutira pastorate, Dr. David Mukuba Gitari contributed immensely in the history of the latter; hence little can be said without mentioning his immense contribution. He reigned as the local bishop since 1975 and is still active to date...

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5. Some Post Independence Clergy with Mutira Roots

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pp. 109-130

Other than the first five African clergy with mutira roots, there are post independent clergy who have made a distinctive mark, hence doing Mutira proud. These are clergymen who got ordained in the 1970s, and were relatively young when Kenya attained...

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6. Some Outstanding Women Clergy

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pp. 131-139

Women ordination began in Kirinyaga Anglican Diocese in 1992 after a fierce opposition to it from 1986. As such, women ordination in the locality was problematic – as both history and the patriarchal nature of the society militated against...

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7. Some Outstanding Lay Leaders

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pp. 141-171

The subject under this discussion in this chapter on sampling some outstanding lay leaders in the old Mutira pastorate, just as in the entire topic of the book, is an ambitious one; and as such, I cannot and do not mean to satisfy it. Nevertheless, I do wish...

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pp. 173-174

In conclusion, it is worthwhile to consider that by 2010, Kirinyaga Diocese, which covers Kirinyaga West, North, East, South and Central Districts, was just a Deanery within the larger Mount Kenya Diocese – Kirinyaga Rural Deanery, in 1970. As noted above...

Appendix One

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pp. 175

Appendix Two

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pp. 176

Appendix Three

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pp. 177

Appendix Four

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pp. 178

Appendix Five

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pp. 179

Appendix Six

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pp. 180

Index of Personal Names

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pp. 181-185

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789966040176
Print-ISBN-13: 9789966150684

Page Count: 198
Publication Year: 2011