The Diocese of Natal is in the region of Natal, South Africa, the diocese has its northern boundary at the Tugela River. Gray’s religious authority increased despite his loss of legal authority, and after the church in South Africa was recognized as autonomous, the English bishops deposed Colenso in 1869. The Anglican Church of Southern Africa, known until 2006 as the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, is the province of the Anglican Communion in the southern part of Africa. The result of the whole litigation was that the Bishop of Natal continued to hold religious services in his cathedral, while the dean also held other services at a different hour, and this state of things continued till the death of the deprived Bishop of Natal, which occurred in 1883. Durban, St John–the-Divine; Bishop Colenso was highly gifted in many ways. had, it appears, been tried… He became a fellow of St. John’s College, a master at Harrow School (producing in 1843 a standard textbook of arithmetic), and rector of Forncett St. Mary, Norfolk. But because of the synod's past nervousness about tackling heresy, it cannot be used against clerics who deny Anglican articles of faith. John William Colenso was an Anglican bishop of Natal, South Africa. UMNGENI: Archdeacon Paul Mosdell ~ There is a long history of clergy contesting matters of … The church has twenty-nine dioceses, of which twenty-one are located in South Africa, three in Mozambique, and one each in Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Saint Helena. Imbali, St Mark; Macrorie had to start work again, both in towns and in rural areas. Colenso went to trial in absentia in St George’s Cathedral on 17 November 1863. The society which called itself the church of South Africa was declared to have no standing in the eye of English church law, and the principles which had guided Bishop Gray in the so-called trial and sentence of the Bishop of Natal were emphatically condemned. Durban North, St Martin in the Field; In 1999 Rubin Phillip was elected diocesan bishop, and on 12 February 2000 Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane enthroned him in the cathedral. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. In 1849, colonial chaplains were appointed for Pietermaritzburg and Durban. within our Anglican denomination, and seeking unity and common ground between our own denominations and others (it was this work of unity which has led to the full communion agreement between the Anglican and Lutheran churches in Canada). However Bishop Colenso, who went to South Africa in a missionary role to convert the natives, became one of the most controversial clergymen in the history of the Anglican Church. Sweetwaters, St Raphael; For this position, presented in his Pentateuch and Book of Joshua Critically Examined (1862–79), for his opposition to the doctrine of eternal punishment for sinners, and for his toleration of polygamy among the Zulus, Colenso was summoned in 1863 by his superior, Bishop Robert Gray of Cape Town, to appear before him on a charge of heresy. With Bishop Elijah's retirement in 2006, Nkosinathi Ndwandwe in 2007 was elected and installed as suffragan, having been consecrated in St Cyprian's Cathedral, Kimberley. The Synod was preceded by the meeting of the Electoral College for the Diocese of Mzimvubu, where the Rt Revd Tsietsi Seleoane, currently Suffragan Bishop … This is why I want to draw your attention to the curious trial in 1863 of John William Colenso, Anglican Bishop of Natal and Cape Town, South Africa. Colenso of Natal, who favors the modernist approach to scripture (and believes in Black equality), is tried and convicted of heresy by the English bishops. The bishops have the difficult task of maintaining a sense of unity (across our vast diversity!) Another grievance of the Dean of Maritzburg was created by certain expressions of Bishop Colenso about the Eucharist. Brown, of Galion, Ohio was consecrated a Bishop of the Episcopal Church, but is best remembered as the first Anglican Bishop to be tried for heresy since the Reformation, and the first of any creed in America to be deposed for heretical teachings. He was condemned, deprived and excommunicated, but then acquitted on appeal to the Privy Council. Boston, St Michael United Church; The first missionaries came in the 1830s. “The heart of the visit,” said Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, “is to meet the Anglican bishops of Southern Africa at a regular meeting of their Synod, and to give the fourth Memorial Lecture in honour of the late Bishop David Beetge of the Highveld. Bradley, in 1968 and 1978. A senior cleric warned yesterday of the threat of "new evil spirits" entering the Church of England should it embark on heresy trials for priests who deny the existence of God. Gray was not alone: 25 English bishops declared in February ’63 that they would not allow Colenso to officiate in their dioceses. The Bishop of Natal was in England, and was represented by Dr Wilhelm Bleek.