Ugandan Archbishop walks out of Primates meeting

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from the website of the Anglican Church of Uganda:

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali’s Update on the Primates Gathering in Canterbury

13th January 2016

Dear Bishops, Clergy, and Lay Leaders in the Church of Uganda,

Praise the Lord! Thank you so much for your prayers for me as I traveled to Canterbury, England, for the gathering of Primates called by the Archbishop of Canterbury to address the events that caused the fabric of the Anglican Communion to be torn at its deepest level. We traveled well, and I’m writing to give you a brief update.

On the second day of the gathering, I moved a resolution that asked the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada to voluntarily withdraw from the meeting and other Anglican Communion activities until they repented of their decisions that have torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion at its deepest level. They would not agree to this request nor did it appear that the Archbishop of Canterbury and his facilitators would ensure that this matter be substantively addressed in a timely manner.

Sadly, after two long days of discussions, I was concerned that the process set up for this meeting would not permit us to address the unfinished business from the 2007 Primates Meeting in Dar es Salaam.

In accordance with the resolution of our Provincial Assembly, it was, therefore, necessary for me to withdraw from the meeting, which I did at the end of the second day. It seemed that I was being manipulated into participating in a long meeting with the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada without the necessary discipline being upheld.  My conscience is at peace.

I have left the meeting in Canterbury, but I want to make it clear that we are not leaving the Anglican Communion. Together with our fellow GAFCON Provinces and others in the Global South, we are the Anglican Communion; the future is bright. The door is open for all those who seek communion on the basis of a common confession of our historic, Biblical faith for which the Ugandan Martyrs, Archbishop James Hannington, Archbishop Janani Luwum and many others around the world have died. We are part of a global movement of Anglicans who follow the God who “so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

I will share more with you in due course, but I wanted you to know directly from me what is happening in Canterbury. I have never been more happy and proud to be part of the Church of Uganda.

Yours, in Christ,

The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali

ARCHBISHOP OF CHURCH OF UGANDA.

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Paul Woodrum
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This is beginning to sound like a Donald Trump "no more Muslims of Mexicans" approach. Uganda is not all of Africa anymore than the United States is all of the Americas or all of the world, as it sometimes seem to think it is. Maybe less anger and vindictiveness and more nuance and charity?

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Cynthia Katsarelis
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This is the most disturbing comment:
"My conscience is at peace."

His is a powerful voice in supporting the "jail the gays" laws in Uganda. I believe the sentence is 14 years for simply being gay, let alone speaking in support of LGBTQ people. Can you imagine what a living hell those prisons must be for our brothers and sisters? Hate crimes against LGBTQ people abound, they are encouraged by local papers that "out" gay people (or personal enemies).

But his conscience is at peace.

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M. J. Wise
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M. J. Wise

Not to mention the wink and nod of support of such laws gives cover to lynchings, beatings, etc. Everything I have seen that documents events in Uganda is that you are literally outcast from society if you are thought to be gay. Very sad and totally inconsistent with the Gospel, but the reality is there is a long, sad, and established history of church structures and figureheads gladly being used to give an imprimatur to violent injustice that might be popular in a culture.

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Bishop RICHARD Palmer
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There is an alternative : The Anglican Free Communion.

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Margaret Sjoholm-Franks
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Margaret Sjoholm-Franks

ECUSA should stop any funding of the Anglican Communion for the next three years…so their money will not taint the holiness of the church. No more students coming to the USA to get theological training, no more money going for missions in Africa, no more funds to keep the shop going at the Anglican Communion Office or to fund gatherings…no more homosexual funds going to fund anything, the ECUSA money is of the devil and should not be used by the righteous and God-fearing African bishps

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Tom Riedmiller
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Tom Riedmiller

Amen, Margaret!

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Umm...are they still going to ask us to pay their travel and lodging bills?

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