When the Archbishop of Uganda Rev Stanley Ntagali walked out of a global gathering of archbishops in Canterbury last year after being angered by the American Episcopal Church’s decision to endorse same-sex relationships, little did we know that he would be boycotting this year’s gathering at the same venue.
Upon walking out of the Primates’ meeting in Canterbury last year, Mr. Ntagali issued a statement saying that it was necessary for him to withdraw from the meeting because it seemed that he 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. He further made it clear that he and other conservative archbishops would not be returning until “godly order” had been restored and the bible returned to what he said is its rightful place “as the authority for our faith and morals”. While speaking to the BBC, Mr. Ntagali said he was not prepared to tolerate people with “an unbiblical view of marriage”.
On the contrary, the Archbishop of Canterbury who recently met with President Museveni at State House believes that the church should not be split by issues that in his words called “creedal”, meaning issues not directly related to the church. After Mr. Ntagali walked out the last Primates’ meeting, Mr. Welby explained that it is a constant source of deep sadness that people are persecuted because of their sexuality. He said, “It is not for us to divide the Body of Christ.” He also apologised to the African LGBT Christians and activists who gathered outside the Primates press conference to protest.
The LGBT Christians mainly Ugandans who protested in Canterbury during last year’s Primates’ meeting said they were Gay Christians who were unhappy with the Church leaders amongst the Primates who preached homophobic hatred. They wanted to be given a chance to be heard instead of the Primates making general decisions on their behalf. The Gay protesters who carried banners which said “preach love, not hate, to LGBTI apparently yielded some results as at the end of the press conference as the Archbishop of Canterbury apologized to the LGBT community for any religious injustice accorded to them.
The next gathering of Primates is scheduled to take place this October in Canterbury, however, Mr. Ntagali has made it clear in writing to the Archbishop of Canterbury explaining that he will not be attending.
Welby has previously admitted there is a “realistic chance” the Anglican Communion will split. He said: “I think, realistically, we’ve got to say that despite all efforts there is a possibility that we will not hold together, or not hold together for a while.
“I could see circumstances in which there could be people moving apart and then coming back together, depending on what else happens
He added: “It would take a long time for the latent underlying link to Canterbury to cease to be an important factor in the way people looked at life and the Communion.
Mr Ntagali says the Bible teaches that marriage should be between a man and a woman and that the growing Ugandan church will not remain in fellowship with those who support same-sex unions. “This is the basis of our faith and it is founded in the Scriptures, “he said.
Meanwhile, the Ugandan LGBT community in the United Kingdom has made it a habit to hit the streets and protest the current decriminalization of same-sex relationships in the Commonwealth.
Over the weekend, they took it to the streets of Brighton to celebrate what they called summer of love. According to pictures and videos that are making rounds on different social media platforms, unlike their counterparts in the west, same-sex marriage seems not a priority for these activists but rather decriminalisation of same-sex practices in the Commonwealth seems at the top of their priorities.
The gay activists believe that the decriminalization of homosexuality will make a major difference in the daily lives of many gay people, who live under constant fear of threats, harassment and persecution under the current legislation in their countries.
Clad in Ugandan traditional attire and waving the country’s flags high, they displayed what we have seen as a colorful show amidst cheers and excitement of fellow gay people and by standers.
A look at the Facebook pages of the gay organisations that they are attached to, it is clear evidence that the activists commit themselves to challenging all legal systems and practices which either currently criminalize or seek to reinforce the criminalisation of gay people, knowledge creation, sexual self-creation, movement building as well as organisations.
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