An African Church Comes of Age in Kirinyaga, Kenya (1912-2012)
Publication Year: 2016
Published by: African Books Collective
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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...
Introduction: Centenary Theme: “Your Word is a Lamp to My Feet”
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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...
1. Kirinyaga County
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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...
2. Mutira Anglican Mission (1912-2012)
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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...
3. The Pioneer African Clergy
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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...
4. Most Rev. Dr. David Mukuba Gitari
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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...
5. Some Post Independence Clergy with Mutira Roots
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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...
6. Some Outstanding Women Clergy
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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...
7. Some Outstanding Lay Leaders
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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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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...
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Index of Personal Names
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Page Count: 198
Publication Year: 2016