An American Bishop Ronald Jackson and Bishop Joseph Kanuku from Kenya were in Malawi to drill leaders in the Anglican diocese of Upper Shire on a number of issues that would propel the diocese and the nation at large.
The two came on a ticket of Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA) which was formed in the late 1970s as an international organisation for the cultivation of charismatic renewal amongst leaderships within the global Anglican Communion, and over 20 leaders including Bishop Brighton Malawi attended the workshop.
Among the topics covered, the two Bishops looked at Self Examination and forgiveness, Devotional life, integrity, Leadership, understanding Holy Spirit to be filled for the work of ministry, Conflict and conflict Resolution.
It was a conference attended by archdeacons, bishops and head of institutions. It was like a retreat whereby people had time to refresh themselves spiritually. Facilitators were from USA and Kenya. Participants were 20, the conference was designed for the heads of institutions plus Archdeacons.
SOMA was founded in the United Kingdom, but it has since spread to other countries, including the United States, Canada, Singapore, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Uganda, Kenya, Ireland, Nigeria and South Korea and Malawi.
It began at a conference before the Lambeth Conference of bishops from around the world, meeting at Canterbury, United Kingdom.
“It was believed that God was saying there was a need for an organisation to be “caring for the nervous system of the Church.”