Troubled But Not Destroyed: The Autobiography of Archbishop David Gitari by David Mukuba Gitari
Date added: 16/10/2015
Troubled But Not Destroyed: The Autobiography of Archbishop David Gitari
by David Mukuba Gitari
Publisher: Isaac Publishing
Published: 23 Oct 2014
David Mukuba Gitari (1937-2013), first Bishop of the Diocese of Mount Kenya East (1975-1997) and Archbishop of Kenya (1997-2002), was one of the first post-colonial global African Christian leaders.
He openly challenged President Moi of Kenya on the secret ballot, risking imprisonment and escaping an assassination attempt. Following President Moi's departure from office, he chaired the group which produced the new Kenyan Constitution.
Biblical exposition set the pattern for his preaching, proclaiming orthodox Christian faith to the whole of society and the powers that be. At the 1988 Lambeth Conference he piloted through a change in the church's discipline for people in polygamous marriages before their baptism. In 1998, he provided leadership for Lambeth 1.10 on human sexuality thereby consolidating Anglican orthodoxy as a global movement with significant leadership from Africans.
He kept a daily diary from his early years. His autobiography is an unparallelled resource for African Church history in the twentieth century.
“I am thankful that Archbishop Gitari has left us this record of his life and ministry. He laid the foundations of a truly indigenous Anglican Church in Kenya, and his story shows both the joys and the struggles involved in engaging church and nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today’s leaders, he writes, have come to their present position for a time like this. "These are days of tribalism, corruption, and impunity. They can save the situation only if they do not keep quiet." Here is a call to integrity, courage, and passion lived out in an uncompromising proclamation of the Gospel.
(The Most Revd and Rt Hon. Dr John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu, Archbishop of York)
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