The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said the Church of Uganda has continued to provide leadership in many ways including evangelism and provision of social services since its establishment in 1877.
He said the Church of Uganda is an agent of change for positive transformation of the citizens, a contribution that government appreciates and supports, adding that Government and the Church have a duty and responsibility to work together to improve the welfare of the people.
The Premier made the remarks while opening the 24th Provincial Assembly of Church of Uganda organized under the theme “Let your Light Shine” at Uganda Christian University in Mukono on Wednesday.
The Provincial Assembly is a policy making body of the Church of Uganda, which convenes once every two years to review progress of the Church matters and also elect new office bearers.
Rugunda saluted the partnership between the Church and the State over the years, noting that the Church has been partnering with Government to drive steady progress, a role he urged the Church to continue doing to enable the country reach a middle income status.
“The Church in Uganda has, in particular, been a very reliable partner of government in terms of social services and economic transformation,” said the Prime Minister adding that the Church has also played a key role in the development of the human resource and provision of health and education services.
He also noted that the Church and the government have a joint role to play in eradicating poverty, combating diseases, fighting corruption and providing the country with a moral compass.
“The struggle to create wealth, jobs and improved livelihoods, especially for our young people requires combined efforts from all stakeholders including the church. I thank Church of Uganda for your contribution in this area and appeal to you to continue in our joint efforts,” Rugunda said.
Dr. Rugunda also congratulated the church of Uganda upon its achievements including the completion of Church House which will enhance sustainability and economic independence of the Church, development of the Namugongo Anglican Shrine, an important feature in promoting faith based tourism and Uganda Christian University which is also starting a medical school.
He thanked the Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Rev. Stanley Ntagali for his visionary leadership and pledged government’s support to the Church of Uganda.
The Archbishop of Church of Uganda, His Grace Stanley Ntagali commended Government for its support and partnership that has enabled Church of Uganda activities to flourish in the country.
Ntagali said government and the church must work together through dialogue and mutual conclusion of any differences to ensure that peace prevails in the country.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
BY DOREEN NASASIRA