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 same-sex attraction. Pastoral care, however, that is contrary to the Bible’s message is, ultimately, cruel and misleading. The Church of Uganda broke communion with the Episcopal Church USA (TEC) in 2003 when they unilaterally changed the received Biblical and moral teaching of the Anglican Communion on ordination. The Primates of the Anglican Communion unanimously agreed – including the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church – that, should TEC proceed with the consecration as Bishop of a divorced father of two living in a same-sex relationship, it would tear the fabric of the Communion at its deepest level, which is exactly what has happened over the past twelve years. In spite of TEC’s 2006 resolution that expressed their “regret” at “straining” the bonds of affection in the Anglican Communion, they have, nonetheless, continued their march toward dismantling the Christian faith and morals, culminating in their recent decision to change the definition of marriage – something that was “given by God in creation.” Read here...

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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 part of its social justice advocacy policy that aims to build relationships with African Anglican scholars and activists who are working to advance “generous understandings” of the Bible that affirm the dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people. The resolution also states that it publicly opposes laws that criminalize homosexuality and incite violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people, and wants a task force pursuant to Joint Rule of Order IX.22 of at least two priests or deacons, two lay people, and two bishops to complete this work by the 79th General Convention. VIRTUEONLINE sent a copy of the proposed resolution to the Church of Uganda leader. He replied with the following: Read here...

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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 Kabale in the early 20thC. The impact of the Gospel was enormously accelerated by the East African Revival which crossed over the border from Rwanda. It was warmly received in Kabale and from here emanated throughout East Africa. The hub from which so much evangelistic zeal and worship emanated is the site where Bishop Barham Christian University now stands. The theological college students make up a small fraction of the 2,700 University cohort, but the Christian ethos pervades throughout. We had the great pleasure of preaching in the chapel and nearby in the cathedral, teaching the Ordinands and sharing part of their training experience. We also taught in the local prep school and high school and visited local churches. Why we need Ugandan Christians The East African Revival lives on! Evidences of revival are strong, revealed for me in at least the following four ways: Read...

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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 church recalls the martyrdom between 1885 and 1887 of young page boys at the court of the King of Buganda who refused to be sodomised by the king because of their Christian faith. In the 1970s Archbishop Janani Luwum paid the price for the church’s critique of Idi Amin with his life. The recent laws concerning homosexual behaviour in Uganda and Nigeria have led to strident condemnation from some in the West. In the last week the World Bank has postponed a $90 million dollar loan to Uganda. Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands have withdrawn government aid. Have they responded to Russia’s laws in a similar way? Are the poor of the world only to be helped if they agree with us? The African Anglican church’s membership of the global Anglican Communion enables accountability and mutual challenge between churches. The following exchange between a Nigerian archdeacon called Paul and a visiting American Ph.D student illustrates this “Paul had heard that some priests in the US and England are gay.  "What would these Christian brothers of yours say if I asked them how they could be homosexual, and train for ordination?" I told him how seminary classmates of mine who are gay tell me that they believe God created them to be that way. After a few moments, he spoke again. "In every culture, there is something to be converted by the gospel. In Nigeria, it is our lying, cheating, and pervasive corruption." He paused again, reflective. "What is it that needs to be converted in America?" It was an honest question, asked genuinely, and I realised that it was not one to which I had ever given serious thought. I stumbled, looking for an answer. (Church Times February 21 p.36) Rachel, who visited Kenya last October illustrates the issues Africans are facing: ‘LGBT offices funded from the West have been set up in all major cities throughout the country. It is widely believed that bright young people who are members of these groups are being funded through local tertiary education which is expensive and only generally accessible to the elite....

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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 this against the Bible, but it went against the agreed position of the Anglican Communion. Our current concern is that the Church of England seems to be drifting rapidly in the same direction. We are very grateful to them for sending missionaries who told us about the good news of Jesus Christ. Ironically, they seem now to be reversing themselves. Fortunately, we no longer need to be directed by them. We can read and interpret the Bible for ourselves, and we know what it says about sexual behaviour belonging between one man and one woman in holy matrimony.” Kind regards, The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali Archbishop Church of the Province of Uganda...

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Barack Obama warns Uganda's Museveni over anti-gay bill

Feb 17, 2014 by

From BBC News President Barack Obama has warned Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni that enacting an anti-gay law would complicate relations with the US. Under the proposed legislation, those convicted of homosexual acts could face life imprisonment. The law would also make it a crime not to report gay people. Mr Museveni last month refused to sign the bill but on Friday indicated that he would approve it shortly, after receiving scientific advice. Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said a team of Ugandan scientists asked by the president for a report on homosexuality had told Mr Museveni that "there is no definitive gene responsible for homosexuality". He told the AFP news agency this meant "homosexuality is not a disease but merely an abnormal behaviour which may be learned through experiences in life". Mr Opondo said the president was under strong domestic pressure to sign the bill. The private member's bill originally proposed the death penalty for some offences, such as if a minor was involved or the perpetrator was HIV-positive, but that clause has been dropped. Read...

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