WELCOME NOTE FROM THE SITE OWNER

Arch josephHello! I'm Archdeacon SEHORANA Joseph and welcome to my personal web site which has been in existence since 2012 in one form or another.

Pastor of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, I felt the need to reach a large audience to share my sermons and personal experience. This website is a biography, a personal archive and a platform for sharing ideas. It gives an overview of my past professional activities as a Pastor, leader, teacher, trainer, legal advisor, and so on, and shares more about my work in process.

I share personal experiences about all kinds of subjects associated with life in general-and this is why the title of my website is “Integral Mission”! I am very concerned by the integral life of God’s men and women. Yes, I am a Pastor! So you will find that most of my content will be related to the church, but community development, human rights and fight against poverty are also some of my other interests that I will write about to a certain extent. My writing style mixes personal, formal and informal views these domains. I will upload pictures as often as possible! You’ll see where I work, where I get my inspiration from and what projects I’m currently working on. 

Don't forget, this is my personal site and everything said and shared here is from a personal perspective and represent personal views only and not that of any church I may be or have been associated or have connections with. Also, I think the best way of sharing about my work in God’s Mission with you is making you part of it. I will be very happy for your prayers, ideas and other support of any kind likely to help me to promote holistic life of all those who need it. Oh, and if you have any idea of what you would like to see on my site, feel free share your thoughts with me. I am already curious to hear about you. Thanks and I hope you enjoy and find it useful.

Arch. SEHORANA Joseph

  • RUBAVU DISTRICT HAS EXPERIENCED SEVERAL TREMORS RESULTING FROM THE VOLCANIC ACTIVITY

    Nyiragongo, one of the world's most active volcanoes, is a large volcano near Lake Kivu at the eastern border of DR Congo with Rwanda in the Virunga National Park. Nyiragongo is infamous for its extremely fluid lava that runs as water when the lava lake drains.

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  • MY NEW BOOK HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED

    The book is published under the title: “Problem of Enforcement in International Law: The Need for Determination of Human Rights Recognized as Jus Cogens”.
    This book is focused on the issue of peremptory norms (jus cogens), formulated in the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, and its applicability in core Human Rights implementation. It thus examines the nature of jus cogens and its formation vis-à-vis Human Rights and advocates for the additional value that jus cogens can bring to core Human Rights implementation. The focal problem that the book addresses is the lack of clarity attached to jus cogens and its subsequent effects on effective core Human Rights implementation.

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  • THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF RWANDA STARTED ITS OWN UNIVERSITY IN KIGALI

    This Tuesday March 16, 2021, the Anglican Church of Rwanda officially opened its university (East African Christian College) in Kigali. This university opens with 200 students out of 250 who are to be enrolled in the Faculty of Theology. The university was accredited by the Council of Ministers which took place on December 14, 2020. It comes to put an end to the issue of religious leaders who don’t have a degree in Theology, whereas this is required by the Government of Rwanda. Apart from the Faculty of Theology, the university also intends to open other faculties such as Education, Communication, Business, Public Health, etc.

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  • THE ARCHDEACON JOSEPH SEHORANA VISITED HANIKA PARISH

    The visit took place this Sunday March 14, 2021. The main objective was to exchange ideas and share the Word of God with Christians and Parish leaders. Hanika Parish is located in Nyanza District, Busasamana Sector, Kavumu Cell, Gihisi Village. The Parish has a long history as it started in 1945 and gave birth to many parishes: Rusatira, Ndago, Kibinja, Nyanza, Nyamagana, Kabuga and Shori sub-Parish. During his visit, the Archdeacon was delighted by the warm welcome that Christians have reserved for him. He also appreciated the way the parish leaders work hand in hand with the directors of schools and the health center for parish development.

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  • THE ARCHDEACON OF HANIKA MET WITH MEMBERS OF RWANDA ANGLICAN STUDENTS ASSOCIATION-GITWE BRANCH

    The meeting took place online on Saturday, February 06, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The main objective was to exchange ideas and share the Word of God. Twenty nine participants were present and the meeting went well with success.

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  • REVEREND CANON EMMANUEL GASANA IS RETIRING

    Today, January 3, 2021, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jered KALIMBA, Bishop of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, Shyogwe Diocese announced the retirement of Rev. Canon Emmanuel GASANA. The ceremonies took place at Gasharu Parish for which he had been in charge since 2017.

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  • WISHING ALL OUR GUESTS A VERY HAPPY NEW

    Dear Guests,

    The year 2020 is ending.

    This year was rich in innovations; especially the new design of my website which I made more practical thanks to your comments and suggestions. The New Year is already approaching and we will continue to offer you articles and sermons ever more relevant to best meet your expectations.

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  • EMINENT AFRICAN THEOLOGIANS AND SENIOR CHURCH LEADERS PARTICIPATE IN A SYMPOSIUM ON COMPLEXITIES OF THEOLOGIES OF WEALTH AND PROSPERITY

    The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) through its Theology, Interfaith Relations and Ecclesial Leadership, Development Department organized a Symposium on addressing misleading theologies under the theme “Complexities of Theologies of Wealth and Prosperity”. The symposium takes place in Nairobi-Kenya from November 23-27 at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre. A total of 100 people attended this symposium from all over Africa, and I thank God for accepting me to be among them. May all those who facilitated my participation receive here my very warm thanks!

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  • A SCIENTIFIC ARTICLE ON: "RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENTS' REGULATION OF CHURCHES: A CASE OF RWANDA" HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED

    This article evaluates the validity of government regulations on churches and religious institutions in Rwanda. It takes as case the new regulation n°72/2018 of August 31, 2018 and the closures of churches by the Government of Rwanda since February 2018.

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  • HOW WILL THE CHURCHES OF RWANDA TREAT CANNABIS GROWERS OR EXPORTERS?

    Cannabis is the world’s most popular drug and is the highest value therapeutic crop known at the moment, despite being illegal in many parts of the world. Cannabis is also a multi-billion dollar industry and it is believed to be the world’s most valuable cash crop from the absolute value perspective.

    The Council of Ministers held on October 12 approved the planting and export of cannabis for therapeutic purposes in Rwanda. Rwanda is aiming to grow its export earnings from the global cannabis market. The government also sees the cannabis industry as a strategic sector that will generate jobs and create business for communities through cultivation, production and processing zones.

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  • MY PROFESSIONAL CAREER AT THE TRAINING AND DOCUMENTATION CENTER (CFD) IN KIGALI

    The Training and Documentation Centre (CFD-Centre de Formation et de Documentation); former Ecumenical Centre for Research and Theological Promotion (CORVT- Centre Œcuménique de Recherche et de Vulgarisation Théologique) was created by the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda (EPR) in collaboration with other Christian denominations in 1996. The objective of the Centre was, on one hand, to contribute to the reconstruction of the vitality of religious denominations after the 1994 Genocide comitted against Tutsi, and, on the other hand, to serve as a cornerstone to the unity and reconciliation process for the people of Rwanda.

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  • THE RT. REV. RUKUNDO JEAN PIERRE METHODE HAS BEEN ENTHRONED AS THE FIRST BISHOP OF KARONGI ANGLICAN DIOCESE

    Today, Sunday, July 26, 2020, The Rt. Rev. RUKUNDO Jean Pierre Methode has been enthroned as the first Bishop of Karongi Diocese. The Missionary Diocese of Karongi extends its activities in the Districts of Karongi, Rutsiro, Ngororero and Nyamasheke. The ceremony took place at IPRC-West and was attended by clergy from the Anglican Church of Rwanda and other churches (Catholic, EPR, MLR, etc.) and Government officials.

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  • MY MEMORIES ON GITARAMA PARISH

    Gitarama Parish is located in South Central Rwanda, Muhanga District, Cyeza Sector. The Parish originated from the Bishop’s idea and plan to extend the Diocesan missionary activities in Muhanga Town. Before starting Gitarama church, we had no church in Muhanga town (the parishes that were close to the town were Shyogwe and Gasharu only). Gitarama parish started its activities under a small tent in 1996 with few families-one being the Pastor’s family (Rev. Joseph IYAKAREMYE).

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  • MY FOOTSTEPS AT RUGOBAGOBA PARISH

    RUGOBAGOBA Parish is located in South Central Rwanda, Kamonyi District, Gacurabwenge Sector. The Parish originated from the Bishop’s idea and plan to extend the Diocesan missionary activities in Kamonyi District. Before starting Rugobagoba church, we had only two small Anglican communities in the entire District (Runda and Kiyonza parishes). The Church started its activities under a big tree in 1997 with two families-one being the catechist’s family (Kabanda Tite).

     

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  • RWANDA: CHURCHES REOPEN

    Today, July 19, 2020, churches and mosques have reopened after more than four months since they were closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.This decision was taken at the last meeting of the Council of Ministers which took place on July 15, 2020. To reopen the churches must meet the conditions of hygiene imposed by the Ministry of Health. Thus, only the churches which have been visited by local authorities and show that they meet these conditions have received the reopening authorization letter. On the first day, several churches had not been able to complete preparations for reopening.

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  • CELEBRATION OF RELIGIOUS WEDDINGS: AN IMPORTANT PHASE IN THE PROCESS OF DECONFINEMENT IN RWANDA

    The Council of Ministers, which met on August 20, 2020, authorized the celebration of religious marriages, but under strict conditions to fight against the spread of covid-19 pandemic. Among the measures imposed by the Government of Rwanda is that everyone must wear a face mask and that the number of participants must not exceed 30 people.
     

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  • SERVING GOD IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: A TESTIMONY OF A RWANDAN PASTOR

    Since the appearance of Covid-19, humanity has been threatened more than ever. We live the days of fear, panic, anxiety and hopelessness. Like the other strata of social life, the pastoral ministry has also been seriously affected. Social distancing helped slow the spread of COVID-19, but also it increased our loneliness and anxiety during this time. Indeed, in Rwandan context, congregants have a great affinity with coming praying and worshiping God together.

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  • THE RT. REV. DR MANASSEH GAHIMA HAS BEEN ENTHRONED AS THE SECOND BISHOP OF GAHINI DIOCESE

    Today, Sunday, May 26, 2019, The Rt. Rev. Dr Manasseh GAHIMA has been enthroned as the second bishop of Gahini Diocese. The ceremony took place at Gahini and was attended by clergy from the Anglican Church of Rwanda and other Churches, Government officials and guests from abroad. The ceremony was marked by the presence of the Rwanda Anglican Archbishop Laurent Mbanda, the Minister of Local Government, Prof SHAYAKA Anastase and other high personalities.

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  • Who is Rev. Jean Pierre Methode, the First Bishop of Karongi Diocese?

    The Anglican Church of Rwanda is growing! In their meeting held at Musanze in Shyira Diocese on February, 14, 2020, the Bishops have resolved to create a Missionary Diocese of Karongi and elected Rev. Jean Pierre Methode Rukundo as its first Bishop.

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  • NEW ARCHDEACONS OF HANIKA AND SHYOGWE APPOINTED

    Reverend Joseph SEHORANA and Reverend Jean Pierre Methode RUKUNDOcurrently working in the Office of the Bishop of Anglican Church, Shyogwe Diocese havebeen appointed as the next

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