Companion Relationship with the Diocese of Swaziland
Swaziland is located in southern Africa, bordered by South Africa on the north, west, and south, and by Mozambique to the east. Slightly smaller than New Jersey, the country is home to 1.1 million people, more than 70% of whom live in rural areas.
Swaziland’s geography is varied and includes mountains, forests, rolling plains, and deserts. Impala, zebras, elephants, leopards, and lions can be found in the country’s wildlife reserves. Swaziland has retained much of its traditional culture. SiSwati and English are the official languages.
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First female bishop elected in Swaziland
The Rev. Ellinah Wamukoya was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Swaziland on July 18, 2012, just ten years after women were given the right to be ordained into holy orders in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Until recently, she served as Town Clerk of Manzini Municipal Council, having previously served as the City Planner, of the country’s second largest city.
Swaziland is the first to elect a woman to be a Bishop in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. The Anglican Church of Southern Africa, which includes Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, St. Helena, and South Africa, voted to ordain women at the 1992 Synod, which met in Swaziland.
Bishop Mabuza, who ordained the first female deacons and priests in the Diocese of Swaziland offered his support. “Congratulations to Ellinah for having made history as the first woman bishop, not only in the Province of Southern Africa, but in the whole African continent. As her predecessor I thank God for having played a role in the making of that history.”
Bishop Scarfe, who participated in the first ordination of women in the Diocese of Swaziland, offers thanksgivings and prayers for Bishop Elect Wamukoya. “We celebrate with Ellinah, her family and the people of Swaziland, as we hold them all in prayer.” Scarfe had an opportunity to serve with and get to know Wamukoya during his sabbatical in 2011.
The date of Bishop Elect Wamukoya’s consecration is November 17, 2012.
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