Trinity Wall Street grant to fund conference in Uganda


Trinity Wall Street has awarded $1.4 million in the second quarter. A substantial portion of those grants went to African dioceses. The grants announced today include:

Church in the Anglican Communion in Africa ($458,500)

Diocese of Angola

146,000 over one year to establish a microfinance project in Luanda and Uige.

Diocese of Tamale, Ghana

70,000 over one year to fund a microfinance project for women through the Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organization.

Diocese of Lusaka, Zambia

65,500 over one year to renew and expand the vocational training programs at the Waddington Community Center.

Province of Southern Africa, South Africa

42,000 over one year to strengthen the Church’s advocacy work in South Africa and the other countries within the province.

Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

25,000 over one year to fund the All Africa Bishops Conference, a week long gathering in August [2010] that will address the emerging pastoral and contextual education concerns in


Trinity Grants Program, New York, NY

110,000 over one year to coordinate the final two meetings of the Financial Sustainability

& Stewardship Research & Development team, which will make guideline recommendations to Trinity Grants Program.

Telecommunications for the Episcopal Church in the Sudan ($395,250)

The Episcopal Church of Sudan

331,000 over one year to connect ten dioceses in Sudan to the Internet and support the provincial telecommunications infrastructure, including the development of an Episcopal Church of the Sudan website.

Trinity Grants Program, New York, NY

52,250 over one year to secure a consultant to oversee the installation process for computers and Internet access for dioceses across Sudan.

Trinity Grants Program, New York, NY

12,000 over one year to conduct a financial review of recent telecommunications grants

to the Episcopal Church of Sudan.

Diocese of Southern Nyanza, Kenya

$5,750 to hold one week leadership training for clergy, lay staff, and their spouses in

March 2010.

A complete list of the second quarter grants is here.

Thanks to the ENS which has more. Trinity Wall Street press release is here.

The Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa [CAPA] is located in Nairobi, Kenya. The Most Rev. Ian Ernest, Primate of Mauritius, was elected chair of CAPA in 2007. The prior chair, Peter Akinola, had served since 2003.

Although CAPA is in Kenya, the All Africa Bishops Conference will be held in Entebbe, Uganda. See the All Africa Bishops Conference website here.

We reported July 31st on the August All Africa Bishops Conference. According the Ugandan state-influenced newspaper New Vision,

President Yoweri Museveni will open the conference […] and the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is expected to attend.

This will be an excellent opportunity for Williams to raise the topic of the anti-homosexual bill before the Ugandan parliament with the president and with Archbishop Henry Orombi. Who knows, Williams may even discuss boundary crossing with several of the African primates, Orombi included.

Orombi’s picture features prominently on the conference website; the Church of Uganda is host of the conference.

A Church of Uganda FAQ states

If the Anglican Communion breaks up it will be because of the actions of the American Church, its ongoing unrepentant attitude toward them, and their determined imperialism to impose their views on the rest of the Anglican Communion.

The one person that is common to all four Instruments of Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, and without him they cannot do very much. Practically speaking, then, it is the Archbishop of Canterbury who is at the centre of the Communion’s structures, and one man, through the power of invitation, determines who is “in” the Anglican Communion, and who is “out” of the Anglican Communion. And, this one man is not elected by his fellow Primates. He is, rather, appointed by a secular government.

[A FAQ question is:] How can we be part of the Anglican Communion if we don’t recognize the authority of Canterbury?

More than 44 congregations in America have appealed to be part of the Church of Uganda so they can continue to be Anglicans. We have welcomed them and consecrated an American as a Bishop to support them.

Although Trinity’s grant is to CAPA, and not directly to the Church of Uganda it is worth noting that in 2006 Orombi wrote in a pastoral letter,

We will no longer apply for grants from the Trinity Grants program of Trinity Wall Street, UTO (United Thank Offering), Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), or scholarships through the Episcopal Church Center (815). No Bishop or Diocesan Secretary should sign grant applications to these organizations.

In 2008 Orombi said gays threatened his life, he was forced to dress in street clothes to avoid notice by them, and he said, “The team of homosexuals is very rich. … They have money and will do whatever it takes to make sure that this vice penetrates Africa.”

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Um, I don't think I was really expressing a point of view there, JBC (I do that enough! ;-/). Just asking a question.

JC Fisher

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That's one point of view, @JCFisher. My interest is more that Trinity Wall Street does good work keeping the bonds of affection open between north and south even in these difficult times for the communion. We can't write off Africa simply because several African Primates are hostile to The Episcopal Church.

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This will be an excellent opportunity for [ABC] Williams to raise the topic of the anti-homosexual bill before the Ugandan parliament with the president and with Archbishop Henry Orombi. Who knows, Williams may even discuss boundary crossing with several of the African primates, Orombi included.

And monkeys might fly out of my . . .

What are the structures of oversight of these grants? (And do they include blowback for the Church of which Trinity, Wall Street, is a parish?)

JC Fisher

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