It was a very important day in the history of Ndigbo in DC area with the formal inauguration of All Igbo Anglican Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington on Sunday September 16th, 2007. The ceremony was performed by His Lordship, The Right Reverend John Bryson Chone the bishop of the Episcopal Dioceses of Washington.
The institution of the first Igbo language Anglican congregation in
To day, under the strong leadership of Reverend Canon Clinton Esonu – priest in charge, Dr. Emmanuel Nwokolo – senior warder and Mr., Benjamin Udoji – junior warder, the church is growing from strength to strength.
There is an Igbo saying that if you fail to take away a strong man’s sword when he is on the ground, will you do it when he gets up? That is why the bible implores us to teach a child the way of God while they are young and that when they grow, they won’t depart. The spiritual growth and good moral upbringing is taught to the children in group in our own way and style unlike any other place here.
Other spiritual significance for our children include imbibing acceptable traditional values (omenali), restriction through satires and peer joking relationships, and reward for those who uphold the salient values. They will learn that Chukwu is seen as a powerful, munificent God, the one who holds the knife and the yam and provides people with wealth, rain, and children, and who is merciful toward rich and poor, male and female, child and aged.
Traditionally, the Igbo lived in villages or village-groups surrounded by their farms. The village-group was the primary unit of political authority; there were strong ties of the village community, the extended family system, age-group associations, and the various religious organizations that were important to community life. The Igbo have been exposed to Christian missionary activity since 1841; in 1857 an Anglican mission was opened at
The most significant aspect of the birth of this new church is that it provides a golden opportunity for Ndigbo in DC area to meet on weekly basis, with their kids. The church has a special section for the children to learn the words of God, their culture and interact with their peers this early in life.
Have you ever worried about the next generation being lost in the cultureless society of
The All Saints Igbo Anglican Church In DC currently worships at
Our people say that an udara fruit that falls on the side of the road is asking to be eaten. All Saints Igbo Anglican Church in DC is like that udara fruit not only asking to be eating but reminding us that if you want to eat a toad you look for a fat and juicy one.
A man of sense does not go hunting little bush rodents when his age mates are after big game. This is the big one and let us all do it together in the spirit of “onye aghana nwanne ya” (thou shall not leave your brother behind). A na-ekwu ekwu, a na-eme eme. (Talk the talk, walk the walk.)