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ACNS3292 Church of Uganda commissions a $10 million project

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Date Thu, 6 Feb 2003 09:42:22 -0000

ACNS 3292     |     UGANDA     |     6 FEBRUARY 2003

Church of Uganda commissions a $10 million project

The Church of Uganda has commissioned a US$10 million project expected to
guarantee the welfare of Christians and clergy of the Church. Until now,
Church workers in Uganda have had to retire without any pension or
retirement benefits. The President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri
Kaguta Museveni, who was also the Chief Guest at a gathering (that brought
together civic, political and religious personalities) contributed
US$170,000 towards the project.

During his talk at the ground-breaking ceremonies, the Archbishop of the
Church of Uganda, the Most Revd Dr Livingstone Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo, called for
Unity of all God's people as they work on various projects such as the new
Church House.

Drawing from the sad history of the murder of his predecessor, Archbishop
Janani Luwum, who laid the foundation stone of the Church House in 1977 to
mark 100 years of Christianity in Uganda, Archbishop Nkoyoyo said, "Janani
was a remarkable servant of God. His humility grew as he recognised and
responded to the darkness through which his people were travelling in those

Archbishop Janani devised the Church House project as a way for Christians,
who proclaim the unchanging gospel of love and unity, to respond to the
world. "This was meant to serve as a symbol of our unity," said Archbishop
Nkoyoyo, "As we face what Archbishop Carey has wisely called, the
'nitty-gritty changes and chances' of this fleeting world."

Archbishop Nkoyoyo also resonated Archbishop Rowan Williams' words in the
essay on 'Different Christs.' "In the Church," Archbishop Williams has said,
"There is a strong temptation to draw lines in the sand and regard those who
disagree with us as beyond the pale."

"But this is not the Christ who calls us," Archbishop Nkoyoyo said. "The
Christ who calls us instructs us to love our enemies, and, as Archbishop
Williams says, ' love even what may seem the pale shadow of his face in
other people's minds, because compared with the light of his glory all our
thoughts are shadows.'"

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