Message from the Chairperson

A challenge that I face as someone whose faith and experience have largely been formed in both the Church of Uganda and the Church of England is that of dual identity. I am not unique in this. Members of the Uganda Church Association who worked in mission in Uganda or other parts of Africa also experience this sense of dual citizenship.

And if you were immersed in the life of the church in Uganda at one or another level, that experience always lives with you and shapes your perception of the world. As a product of two worlds, if you are not going to suffer a split personality, you will make an effort to locate areas of convergence or continuity between the cultural worlds you inhabit. You will also appreciate how different cultures shape our understanding. This dual vision is not the challenge or privilege, as the case may be, of those of us who live away from home, so to speak. It is of the essence of the Christian faith itself. In 1 Peter 2:9-11 Christian believers are called a royal priesthood, also “exiles and aliens” whose commonwealth is in heaven. So for the early church as well as for us, Christian existence involves the experience of dual citizenship. Bearing faithful witness to the Gospel involves negotiating our way through cultural experiences and understandings. And this is not a one-way traffic; for culture also informs our reading of the Bible. Samples of this exercise in negotiation are found in Acts (the first church council) and in Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth and his letter to the churches in Galatia. Many of these issues raised controversy and threatened to divide the church. Paul’s prayer was, “I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length, and height and depth, and know the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3: 18-19)

That is also my prayer for all of you who will read the UCA newsletter of 2015.

My thanks go to those who have written articles and those who have done the editing.

                                                                                                           Revd Amos Kasibante