Archbishop Stanley Ntagali Comments on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, the Church of England’s “Pilling Report,” and the Open Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

Sep 17, 2015 by

From Church of Uganda (dated January 2014, but a useful reminder): The Church of Uganda is encouraged by the work of Uganda’s Parliament in amending the Anti-Homosexuality Bill to remove the death penalty, to reduce sentencing guidelines through a principle of proportionality, and to remove the clause on reporting homosexual behaviour, as we had recommended in our 2010 position statement on the Bill. This frees our clergy and church leaders to fulfill the 2008 resolution of our House of Bishops to “offer counseling, healing and prayer for people with homosexual disorientation, especially in our schools and other institutions of learning. The Church is a safe place for individuals, who are confused about their sexuality or struggling with sexual brokenness, to seek help and healing.” Accordingly, we are grateful for the reminder of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to fulfill such commitments as stated in the 2005 Communique of...

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Church of Uganda’s response to TEC’s General Convention and USA Supreme Court decision

Jul 7, 2015 by

From Church of Uganda website. Statement by the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali on the recent decisions to change the definition of marriage by the United States’ Supreme Court and the Episcopal Church in the USA The decision of the Supreme Court of the United States of America to change the definition of marriage is grievous. There is a saying, “When America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold.” As a religious leader in Uganda, I want to assure all Ugandans that we will do everything we can to promote the good moral health of our people and resist such immoral viruses that may try to infiltrate our people. Likewise, the most recent decision of the Episcopal Church USA (TEC) to change the definition of marriage is even more grievous. At best, it sprang from a desire to extend pastoral care to members of its church who experience...

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Ugandan Archbishop: no to LGBT advocacy in Africa

Jun 25, 2015 by

UGANDA: Anglican Archbishop Rips TEC Convention Resolution A051 supporting LGBT African Advocacy By David W Virtue, VOL: Should TEC try to come in and influence our Bible scholars away from the clear and plain sense meaning of Scripture, we shall consider them a wolf who has invaded our flock…to steal, kill, and destroy the Church of Uganda. The Primate of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali has come out blasting proposed Resolution A051 supporting LGBT African advocacy. He asserted that should “TEC try to come in and influence our Bible scholars away from the clear and plain sense meaning of Scripture, we shall consider them a wolf who has invaded our flock in order to pick off individuals with the intent to steal, kill, and destroy the Church of Uganda.” The resolution is being presented at the 2015 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, as...

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Why we need Ugandan Christians (and why they might need us)

Apr 3, 2014 by

By Simon Vibert As part of the Wycliffe Hall Mission Week I took a small group of Students to Uganda to work with our sister college Bishop Barham Christian University, Kabale. This is located in the South West corner of Uganda, in the District of Kigezi, just an hour from the border with Rwanda. Kabale is about 7,000 feet above sea level and set in lush rolling hills. The air is a little “thin” and temperatures are less oppressive than in the capital Kampala where we began our journey, although the town centre is bustling, noisy and mucky, with red mud over all the roads and in the air. With a population of 50,000 people, Kabale acts as a district hub for an estimated 2 Million people scattered around the nearby villages. The location itself is significant. Church Missionary Society missionaries brought Christianity to Uganda in 1877, arriving in...

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Solidarity with the Anglican Church in Uganda and Nigeria

Mar 20, 2014 by

By Chris Sugden, Evangelicals Now Anglican churches in Nigeria and Uganda have through history stood for biblical truth and principle and been at the forefront of action for justice, peace and equality. They have transformed their societies especially the relationships of men and women. One African Anglican Archbishop told me recently: “Defenders of polygamous families have never lived in one.” The church was also at the forefront of developing democracy in African societies, often in opposition to the ruling colonial powers and their national successors. One only needs recall the late Archbishop David Gitari of Kenya. Christian mission at its most authentic has not supported the status quo, or privileged injustice and oppressive social practices. In India Christians opposed widow burning. In Pakistan the church still leads the fight against child slavery. The Ugandan church knows the price of opposing unjust and powerful people. Every year on June 3 the...

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Church of Uganda – A correction

Mar 5, 2014 by

IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION ABOUT THE CHURCH OF UGANDA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND – AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE ARCHBISHOP OF UGANDA TO THE "MONITOR" NEWSPAPER Greetings from the Church of Uganda! Thank you for your news story on Monday entitled “Church ready to split from England on Homosexuals.” I would like to make a very important clarification, and hope you will publish this clarification as widely as you did the first story, because the story paints a very misleading picture of the Church of Uganda’s actual relationship with the Church of England. “The Church of Uganda has had no discussions about breaking away from the Church of England or the Anglican Communion. It’s true that the fabric of the Anglican Communion was torn at its deepest level in 2003 when the American Episcopal Church consecrated as Bishop a gay man living in a same-sex relationship. Not only was...

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