By Woody Woodrick
When candidates for ordination stepped forward June 13, one was in an uncommon category.
Kalaba Chali received a courtesy ordination for the South Congo-Zambia Annual Conference in
Chali is a student a Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in
“When I was at
Those friends contacted Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. Ward met Bishop Kainda Katembo at a Council of Bishops meeting in November, and they discussed the courtesy ordination. Over they months, they kept in touch. Chali said he received an e-mail indicating the courtesy ordination had been approved, but got the hard-copy of the letter just three weeks ago.
The Rev. Sheila Cumbest, coordinator for Ministerial Services for the Mississippi Conference, said courtesy ordinations are rare. She said she could not remember one in
Gerald Liu, a member of the Mississippi Conference, is receiving a courtesy ordination in the
Chali plans to earn his master’s in theology in 2007. He said he would like to remain in the