EASTER 2014 President Museveni explains why he banned Religious leaders among the Army.

DSC_0680WHY PRESIDENT MUSEVENI BANNED RELIGIOUS LEADERS AMONG THE ARMY. President Yoweri Museveni has commended Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe and the entire leadership of the South Ankole diocese for preaching unity for development among the people despite their religious affiliation.
He said this was in line with the National Resistance Movement ideals that are against any form of sectarianism including religious sectarianism but are focused on uniting all Ugandans to work for national development. The President was speaking during Easter Mass at St. Mathew Cathedral Kyamate in Ntungamo district where he was accompanied by the First Lady who is also Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Kataha Museveni.
“I have heard you overtime and your messages are very clear and positive because they preach unity and don’t divide the population. We were forced to send away all religious leaders from all military barracks because their messages to the army were largely divisive and could not be tolerated in the army and am happy the messages from the church today emphasize religious unity,” he said.
He expressed gratitude at the plan by the South Ankole diocese to undertake development projects that will generate income for the diocese for the good work, continuity and enhancement of God’s work and pledged the government support in that endeavor.
The President used the occasion to appeal to the population to work and boost their household income noting that household poverty was the major challenge facing the country today.
“Every house hold should become a commercial union,” he said and warned against land fragmentation due to negative inheritance practices which he said affects land productivity.
He asked them to use their land optimally by engaging in activities such as the growing of cost effective enterprises such as fruits, coffee, matooke, dairy cattle, poultry and piggery for commercial purposes and for food security.
The Hon. First Lady Mrs. Janet Museveni hailed the people of Ntungamo district for their hard working spirit that stimulated development in the district. She commended Bishop Ahimbisibwe for the excellent leadership that has sowed the seeds of love in the diocese.
In his summon Bishop Ahimbisibwe said that just like Jesus who came to earth with a mission to save the world, every person was created by God to fulfill a certain mission and everybody should endeavor to find the purpose of his life and work to realize it.
He hailed President Museveni for sighing the anti-homosexuality bill into law to defend Ugandans from the negative foreign vices that are out to destroy the African society and norms. He said that it was an act of bravely and sobriety on his part as a leader.
Bishop Ahimbisibwe also reported on a number of activities that the South Ankole diocese is set to undertake that include starting a SACCO for the diocese, building a mission hospital, launching of a tree planting campaign in the diocese and carrying out a poverty eradication campaign in the district.

Attending Easter Service at  St. Mathew Cathedral Kyamate.

Attending Easter Service at St. Mathew Cathedral Kyamate.

GAFCON – Nairobi

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Global Anglican Fellowship Conference – GAFCON ended with a commitment in Nairobi

More than 1300 Anglican Bishops, clergy and laity committed themselves to outreach, witness and building networks of orthodox Anglicans around the world.

The delegates at the Global Anglican Future Conference finished a week-long meeting by vowing to expand the activities of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, established after the first GAFCON in 2008.

The conference communique and commitment was worked on by the delegates throughout the week, with input from a meeting of Bishops and Archbishops and mini-conferences on subjects such as marriage and family, Islam, theological education, children and youth, women and Gospel and culture.

“We met with great joy in Nairobi” the statement said and “…reaffirmed our view that we are a global fellowship of confessing Anglicans, engaged in a movement of the Holy Spirit which is both personal and ecclesial.”

“We believe we have acted as an important and effective instrument of Communion during a period in which other instruments of Communion have failed both to uphold gospel priorities in the Church, and to heal the divisions among us.”

The communique outlined the history of the movement and said since 2008 ” ….we have become a movement for unity among faithful Anglicans. Where, in taking a stand for biblical faithfulness, Anglicans have been marginalised or excluded from provincial or diocesan structures, the Primates’ Council has recognised and authenticated them as faithful Anglicans.”

One of the themes of the conference was an exploration of the East Africa revival which began in Rwanda in the 1930′s.
“There is much we can learn from the East African Revival about having a change of heart.”  the communique said.

It said two distinguishing features were “real repentance for sin demonstrated both in confession of guilt and a desire to make amends” as well as “a confidence that the gospel has the power both to save the lost in all the world and to transform the church, rather than seeing the church conformed to the world.”

Another theme was the command of Jesus to ‘make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19–20).

The Conference agreed the movement should be committed to “Evangelizing areas of our world where clear gospel witness has become obscured or lost and bringing the gospel to unreached peoples. Much of our energy must be devoted to bringing the gospel to children and young people and developing the leaders of the future. We also recognize the need to pray for, love and witness to Muslims with the gospel of Jesus.”

The four page document ended with a nine point ‘Nairobi Commitment’.

This included a reaffirmation of the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration, agreed to in 2008. The points included a statement on marriage “We commit ourselves to teach about God’s good purposes in marriage and in singleness. Marriage is a life-long exclusive union between a man and a woman. We exhort all people to work and pray for the building and strengthening of healthy marriages and families. For this reason, we oppose the secular tide running in favor of cohabitation and same-sex marriage.
GAFCON also said “We commit ourselves to work for the transformation of society though the gospel. We repudiate all violence, especially against women and children; we shall work for the economic empowerment of those who are deprived; and we shall be a voice for persecuted Christians.”

Around the world, the delegates committed to the continuation of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, putting membership, staffing and financing onto a new basis. We shall continue to work within the Anglican Communion for its renewal and reform.

Finally, the statement said “We commit ourselves to meet again at the next GAFCON.”

The Church of the province of Uganda was well represented by about 168 delegates including clergy and laity. Our very own South Ankole Diocese was represented by Rt. Rev. Nathan Ahimbisibwe – Diocesan Bishop, Mrs Lilian Ahimbisibwe- Mothers Union President, Rev. Ven. Can. Cranmer Mwesigwa- Chairman for the Clergy, Dr. Christine Tashobya- Women Representative and Joshua Kanyesigye- Diocesan Communications officer and Youth representative.

 

Glory to God!

 

Communications Office

South Ankole Diocese

info@southankolediocese.com

 

ANNUAL YOUTH CONVENTION

We are honored to announce our Annual Youth Convention which is due to take place in the second week of December. It will bring together Participants (delegates) from all over Uganda and beyond.

We take the pleasure to invite some youths from your ministry to be part of the above mentioned convention from Thursday 12th to 15th December 2013 at Kyamate grounds Ntungamo District- Western Uganda. Registration will be from Thursday 2:00pm -6:00pm and departure will be Sunday 3:00pm.

 

The theme of the convention is “Be careful how you walk” Ephesians 5:15.  We have several topics to be handled and by God’s grace we will be blessed to have anointed men and women of God speak to us. Participants are requested to come with a registration fee of 1000 with a mattress and 15000/= without a mattress.

We wish you every blessing as you plan to be with us.

For Inquiries Email us on info@southankolediocese.com

 

FIRST DIOCESAN  YOUTH CONVENTION

Theme:   ”So be careful how you walk“ Ephesians 5:15.

DATE 12TH DEC. – 15TH DEC 2013

VENUE: ST. MATTHEW CATHEDRAL KYAMATE

CONTRIBUTIONS OF 10,000/= @ participant