Kenyan archbishop to boycott Lambeth 2020

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The archbishop of Kenya, the Most Rev. Jackson Ole Sapit, will not attend next year’s Lambeth Conference. In an interview with the Religion News Service Archbishop Ole Sapit said “I will not be at the Lambeth Conference for those reasons. Others are also boycotting.”

“God’s plan of marriage is between a man and woman for procreation. Homosexuality is a sin before God,” he added, echoing comments made last week following the Nairobi High Court ruling that upheld laws classifying homosexual acts as “gross indecency” contrary to law.

Archbishop Ole Sapit joins the primates of Rwanda, Uganda and Nigeria in boycotting the 2020 conference. The archbishop’s comments do not bind all of Kenya’s bishops, however. In 2008 the Archbishop of Kenya, the Most Rev. Benjamin Nzimbi did not attend the Lambeth Conference. Less than a dozen Kenyan bishops, however defied their primate and attended the gathering.