By Peter Chivhima
THE Diocese of Harare Anglican Church (CPCA), held its 10th anniversary Thanksgiving Service in Harare this Saturday, with the leader of the Diocese Right. Rev. Dr. Farai Mutamiri calling for unity.
Over the years, the courts have witnessed a rise in cases where churches have diverted from their norm of preaching the gospel of love and turned into battle grounds over leadership and property ownership wrangles.
The Anglican Diocese of Harare was also not spared in the dilemma after Bishop Nobert Kunonga and Bishop Chad Gandiya were embroiled in a fight over property and leadership leading to the church being divided.
However, later on, the church resolved its differences and this Saturday marked ten years since the end of the internal conflict.
In an interview with the ZBC on the sidelines of the 10th anniversary Thanksgiving Service in Harare; Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Harare in the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa Rt. Rev. Dr. Farai Mutamiri implored the church to remain united.
“We are gathered here as the Harare Diocese to mark our 10th anniversary after exile and we are so grateful to God. My message today is that as a nation we must remain united. We need to come up with ways that promote peace amongst us. We we are talking of churches and family members. We had squabbles which left the church in divisions, but I am happy that today serves as a reminder for the importance of peace, love and unity,” he said.
The celebrations come at a time when government is calling on churches to play a critical role in promoting peace and tolerance.