Anglican Church of Burundi

Anglican Church of Burundi
Anglican Church of Burundi
Primate Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi
Headquarters Bujumbura
Territory Burundi
Members 625,000
Anglicanism Portal

The Anglican Church of Burundi is a member Church in the Anglican Communion, located in East Africa between Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, and the Congo. The archbishop of Burundi and bishop of Matana is Bernard Ntahoturi.


Official name

The name of the Province of the Episcopal Church of Burundi changed to the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi (Province de l’Eglise Anglicane du Burundi) as the result of a decision taken at the Provincial Synod held in Bujumbura, March 2005.


The Episcopal Church of Burundi was established around 1935 and grew rapidly. The former Ruanda Mission set up its first mission stations at Buhiga and Matana in 1935, and Buye in 1936. There was much growth through medical work and education. The first national bishop was consecrated in 1965 and the Diocese of Buye was created covering the whole country.

In 1975, Buye was divided into two and the Diocese of Bujumbura was created. The Diocese of Gitega came into existence in 1985, followed by Matana in 1990, Makamba in 1997 and Muyinga in 2005. The Church of Burundi was established as a province of the Anglican Communion in 1992, and assumed its current name in 2005.


There are at least 625,000 Anglicans out of an estimated population of just over 6 million in Burundi.


The polity of the Anglican Church of Burundi is Episcopalian church governance, which is the same as other Anglican churches. The church maintains a system of geographical parishes organized into dioceses. The spiritual head of the province is its Archbishop, who is also the Ordinary of one of the six dioceses, each headed by a bishop:

  • The Diocese of Bujumbura
  • The Diocese of Buye
  • The Diocese of Gitega
  • The Diocese of Makamba
  • The Diocese of Matana
  • The Diocese of Muyinga

Worship and liturgy

The Anglican Church of Burundi embraces three orders of ministry: deacon, priest, and bishop. A local variant of the Book of Common Prayer is used.

Doctrine and practice

The center of the Anglican Church of Burundi's teaching is the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The basic teachings of the church, or catechism, includes:

The threefold sources of authority in Anglicanism are scripture, tradition, and reason. These three sources uphold and critique each other in a dynamic way. This balance of scripture, tradition and reason is traced to the work of Richard Hooker, a sixteenth century apologist. In Hooker's model, scripture is the primary means of arriving at doctrine and things stated plainly in scripture are accepted as true. Issues that are ambiguous are determined by tradition, which is checked by reason.[1]

Social issues

The Church's major concerns include peace and reconciliation, repatriation of refugees and displaced people, community development, literacy and education, and fighting AIDS. It is committed to mission and evangelism and is concerned to support theological education and training for ministry.

Ecumenical relations

Unlike many other Anglican churches, the Anglican Church of Burundi is not a member of many ecumenical bodies. The Church is not even a member of the World Council of Churches.[2]


  1. ^ Anglican Listening Detail on how scripture, tradition, and reason work to "uphold and critique each other in a dynamic way".
  2. ^ World Council of Churches

Further reading

  • Anglicanism, Neill, Stephen. Harmondsworth, 1965.

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем сделать НИР

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Anglican Church of Canada — Primate The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz Headquarters Church House, Toronto, ON, Canada Territory Canada Membe …   Wikipedia

  • Anglican Church of Australia — Primate Archbishop of Brisbane The Most Revd Phillip Aspinall Headquarters Brisbane, Queensland, Australia …   Wikipedia

  • Anglican Church of Southern Africa — Primate Thabo Makgoba Territory Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Saint Helena, South Africa and Swaziland Members approximately 3 4 million[1] …   Wikipedia

  • Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea — [1] Primate The Most Rev. Joseph Kopapa Headquarters National Office PO Box 673, Lae, Morobe Province Territory Papua New Guinea …   Wikipedia

  • Anglican Church of Tanzania — Primate Archbishop of Tanzania and Bishop of the Diocese of Dar es salaam Most Reverend Dr Valentino Mokiwa Headquarters P.O. Box 899, Dodoma …   Wikipedia

  • Anglican Church of Kenya — Primate Archbishop of Kenya. The Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala Headquarters Nairobi, Kenya Territory Kenya Members …   Wikipedia

  • Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia — Primate William Brown Turei (Aotearoa) David Moxon (New Zealand) Winston Halapua (Polynesia) Headquarters Wellington, New Zealand …   Wikipedia

  • Anglican church — Die Anglikanische Kirchengemeinschaft oder Anglikanische Kommunion (englisch Anglican Communion; von lateinisch anglicanus, „englisch“), umgangssprachlich die Anglikanische Kirche, ist eine weltweite christliche Kirchengemeinschaft, die in ihrer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea — Die Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea ist ein Teil der anglikanischen Kirchengemeinschaft und beschränkt sich auf die östliche Hälfte der Insel Neuguinea. Sie zählt hier 166.046 Gläubige, was einen Anteil von 3,2% der Gesamtbevölkerung ausmacht …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Anglican Church of Tanzania — Die Anglikanische Kirche von Tansania (engl. Anglican Church of Tanzania) ist ein Glied der anglikanischen Weltkirchengemeinschaft und geht auf eine Missionsstationen aus dem Jahr 1864 zurück. 1970 wurde die Kirche von Tansania eine eigenständige …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”