Breedlove Reemphasizes that PEAR USA is Deeply Joined to Rwanda

Bishops Breedlove and Rwaje, Archbishop Rwaje and Paul Kagame
Bishops Breedlove and Rwaje, Archbishop Rwaje and Paul Kagame

In a message about the election of Archbishop Beach and PEAR USA‘s relationship with Rwanda, Bishop Steve Breedlove re-emphasized the close relationship with Rwanda as one of the main reasons for PEAR USA’s existence. He writes:

Many ACNA jurisdictions and leaders have been shaped by global partners, from whom we all learn. But no one else has the sustained, personal “life together” that God has given us with the Church of Rwanda. 1)One wonders what those in CANA might say to this. As missionary networks of Rwanda, deeply joined in Gospel partnership with parishes and dioceses in Rwanda, we understand what it means to be shaped by the global Christian community.

Note the claims to being “shaped” by the Rwandan Church, a Church that says nothing in the face of the evil of a one Party State, a State that sanctions things such as this {Warning: graphic}! When you are celebrating Eucharist with Archbishop Rwaje, who is in turn appearing with a tyrant all in smiles, there is an issue.

Breedlove was the mentor to my former parish priest, who is now a Presbyterian, and was called in to resolve relational conflicts between the RenewDC pastors. 2)Listen to 13:47 and following of this sermon. His own son interviewed for the job of assistant pastor at our parish, and Bishop Breedlove worked with my pastor, his mentee, to use church discipline against me after I refused to take down this post, which pointed out the factual United Nations evidence about the nefarious activity of John Rucyahana, and suggested that ACNA think about appearing with Rucyahana in public.

This effort at censorship occurred when, “On one or more occasion, a few ACNA bishops casually brought up the fact of the blogs you were writing to [Breedlove] orally.”  At the time I was unaware of the mentor relationship that he sustained with my pastor, but in retrospect, it makes the entire process even more flawed, because there can be no expectation of impartiality when my pastor’s mentor, who initiated action against me, was also to be the party I appealed to! “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.” Indeed.

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Breedlove has a close relationship with Rwandan clergy, and as I have pointed out before, in a meeting with me and his mentee, my pastor, he essentially blew off all evidence of torture, killing and totalitarianism in Rwanda, saying that he was comfortable moving forward with Rwanda. At that time I asked the Bishop if the Rwandans showed any degree of self critique or criticism for their government and he could not come up with an example or answer of self criticism.

Back when I was getting excited about the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA), PEAR USA’s precursor, we were told to be “never silent.” Times have changed. As Ephraim Radner said, “Concerns about the character of our various churches’ attachments to players in the eastern Congo tragedy are generally suppressed through a desire to maintain ecclesial alliances;  or, conversely, when such concerns are raised, they are dismissed and assigned to the motives of ecclesial politics.”

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1. One wonders what those in CANA might say to this.
2. Listen to 13:47 and following of this sermon.

5 thoughts on “Breedlove Reemphasizes that PEAR USA is Deeply Joined to Rwanda”

  1. Joel,

    I would love to talk to you about this blog post over coffee sometime. If you want another example to add to your list of Rwandan-backed clergy supporting evil when it is convenient ecclesiastically and remaining silent in the face of it when it is not, email me.

    Thanks for continuing to shine a light in the darkness, Joel. Keep up the good fight.

    James

  2. While CANA is a member of the ACNA, I am curious as to why you have singled them out in your footnote above?

    1. Because Bishop Breedlove is claiming that PEAR USA’s relationship with Rwanda is something no one else has, and that really is the only justification for its continued existence. Meanwhile, CANA’s relationship with Nigeria is every bit as close.

  3. I don’t see anything about CANA and Nigeria in your post, and even if you did write about it, what exactly is your point? The Church of Nigeria is under siege from Boko Haram and you are here to do what? Cast aspersions on an embattled church?

    1. No, you are misunderstanding. I am not saying anything negative about the Nigerian Church. What I am saying is:
      1. Breedlove claims the relationship with Rwanda is unlike anything else out there.
      2. However, CANA has an arguably *closer* relationship with Nigeria.
      3. Thus, Breedlove’s claim about African relationships doesn’t stand up to the unique claim he makes for it.
      That’s it, nothing about Nigeria.

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