PEARUSA Ending Formal Ties with Rwanda

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According to recent information, PEARUSA churches will end their formal ecclesiastical ties with PEAR in Rwanda and will become full members of ACNA.

This should result in approximately three new ACNA dioceses, each will be one of the former regions of PEARUSA. The PEARUSA churches will still have close relations with Rwanda, but not formal ecclesiastical ties.

I am told that this will happen sometime in 2016, probably in late Summer or early Fall.

This explains the presence of Archbishop Beach and Bishop Guernsey with the PEAR bishops on their trip to Rwanda in March, 2015 (see here). It also explains the silence on the PEARUSA website.

While this is a long overdue and welcome development, it is not enough, because PEARUSA will continue to praise Rwanda, not acknowledging the evil that the church is silent in the face of. Having said that, I’m sure it will be a relief to some clergy who do know what is going on in Rwanda and are uncomfortable with it.

{I’ve updated the post title to clarify that PEARUSA was always part of ACNA, but will end formal ties with Rwanda}.

UPDATE: the news is now official: see this link.

7 thoughts on “PEARUSA Ending Formal Ties with Rwanda”

  1. [I’m presuming {not assuming, based on the authors history} this to be true, if not PEARUSA will deny soon enough, but the author cultivated enough contacts to get a scoop, my father would appreciate that in all it’s slender].

    For the sake of the sheep this is a good thing!!

    But $%#$$% was the ire four years ago all about then?!?!? By action the very same people have void their argument of four years ago and proven all was really a personality issue. Argh! Oh well, they will be judged by God and overall this is best for the Church and best for the flock in the pews. The spread of the Gospel and care for Christ’s sheep are the most important thing.

    1. Well, there were financial improprieties and theological concerns four years ago.
      The question is why PEAR didn’t simply join ACNA four years ago. Parts of AMiA did just that. I would argue that the main reason that PEAR didn’t join is because the leadership enjoy the autonomy they have with leaders an ocean and a continent away. They also believe in a false story about Rwanda, and at that time, they saw themselves as a bastion of Reformed theology inside ACNA.

      1. You’re autonomy and romanticism theory has a certain ring to it and may be correct.

        Still the whole thing is just bizarre. I guess it yet one more lesson in not to get too emotionally jarred by a temporal situation and to trust the Lord to work things out.

        Regardless, overall good for those in the pews and Church overall.

  2. RE: [I’m presuming {not assuming, based on the authors history} this to be true, if not PEARUSA will deny soon enough, but the author cultivated enough contacts to get a scoop, my father would appreciate that in all it’s slender].

    You have the scoop! Facebook is exploding a full day after you posted! This blog wins JWR prize of getting the scoop!!

    1. Thanks. I see comments out there about how I accuse PEAR USA of things “with no real proof.” I would love to see some examples of this. So far, NO ONE in PEARUSA will even try to discuss the massive issues related to Rwanda. I would love for them to come here and talk, but it just doesn’t happen.

      1. It as you know comes with the territory. If you questioned the narrative in 2011/2012 you were a “Murphyitte,” if you question a 2015 action of Rwanda government, you’re a genocide denier.

        I’ve seen CANA politics and I’ve seen AMiA/TheAM/PEARUSA polity and hints of REC polity. I had a foot in Truro and foot in TFC during 2006, so saw how +Minns and Yates+ handled congregational meeting (polar opposites BTW). I’m glad CANA and the REC are in ACNA, maybe they can off set this other strain of polity that is also included.

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