Message from the Chairperson

Message from the Chairperson

Amos Kasibante

One of the features of our present age is the rapid pace of change. Today, despite conflict in various African countries, and despite political, social and economic problems, we see an Africa that is growing in confidence and assertiveness and seeks to play its rightful role on the international scene. That can also be said of the Church in Africa and of the Anglican Church in particular. But as so often happens, change also has the potential to generate conflict because it may involve a break with the past, with what is familiar or accepted practice. It may also involve uncertainly about what things remain constant in change, and how to express or live our identity in the context of changing attitudes and trends.

The conflict may be increased by the fact that social attitudes change at different pace depending on one’s context, as I know from the experience of living in the UK for over two decades. Our challenge is one of sustaining communication and creative engagement with those affected by the same changes as ourselves or different from us and to try, by the grace of God, to understand one another.

I believe that this is what the Uganda Church Association has been trying to do all these years, sharing news and experiences, and what resources we may have among those “out there” and those “out here”, whose faith and sometimes physical journeys criss-cross. This newsletter comes out of that experience.

I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter, and it would be great to see you, if you are able to come to our next Annual General Meeting on Saturday 9th April 2016 at St John’s Church, Waterloo when we shall hear news about Uganda, meet with both Ugandans and those who have worked there and when we shall pray together.

Yours sincerely,

Amos Kasibante