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Americans not part of Church of Uganda

A further release from the Church of Uganda has been received.

See here for the most recent statement. Also here for an earlier statement.

Now this:

For Immediate Release
12th February 2010

Anglican Churches in America Not Part of Church of Uganda’s Position on Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The Church of Uganda does not have oversight of any Anglican churches in the United States. Member churches of the Anglican Church in North America that have been in partnership with the Church of Uganda in the past were not in any way involved in the Church of Uganda’s position on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. They were not consulted, nor was their support enlisted. The Ugandan context is different from the American context and it is likely that our American friends will have a different position from that of the Church of Uganda.

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Matthew Duckett
11 years ago

It would be good to hear that this also applies to Bishop Sandy Millar, who is jointly a bishop of the Church of Uganda and assistant “Bishop in Mission” in the Diocese of London.

Bill Dilworth (BillyD)
11 years ago

“The Ugandan context is different from the American context and it is likely that our American friends will have a different position from that of the Church of Uganda.”

What’s this – moral relativism? I thought these folk were all about objective, immutable truth. Surely if God wants gays imprisoned in Uganda, he wants us imprisoned here, too.

Looks like they think they just dodged that awkward “We’re Connected to an Oppressive Culture” bullet…

Marshall Scott
11 years ago

How remarkable that “The Ugandan context is different from the American context and it is likely that our American friends will have a different position from that of the Church of Uganda” – at least when they want to protect their American compatriots from apparent responsibility for their anti-GLBT legislation. Somehow, it’s not different enough to allow, as the Quadrilateral describes, developments in the “historic Episcopate, locally adapted.” How remarkable….

Doxy
Doxy
11 years ago

In other words….

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!!!!

Chris Smith
Chris Smith
11 years ago

Follow the money! It will reveal more about the concerted “involvement” of the cult breakaway ACNA’s key players (self-appointed “archbishops”), in The Anglican Church of Uganda’s bill. I would assume there is more than a little evidence to prove this current statement by officials of The Church of Uganda to be at least in part, untrue.

drdanfee
drdanfee
11 years ago

Anybody who knows the USA religious right will already be taking this ACNA distancing from Uganda death legislation – with a healthy-sized rock of salty salt. The entire historical and social context of the ACNA movement contradicts their claims that they never thought or preached, let alone urged upon Ugandans for God’s sake, such antigay legislation. But the IRD schemes, with which ACNA pretty much utterly conforms and has conformed – were clear that animosities towards queer folks must be drummed up, stirred up, and exploited in order to (A) dress up IRD campaigning in holier than thou robes of… Read more »

Cynthia Gilliatt
Cynthia Gilliatt
11 years ago

“…the American context is different from the Ugandan context…”

So it’s OK to demonize gays if you are in Uganda, but maybe not so much in America? How comforting. Are some of those Americans getting a little squeamish about “the Ugandan context?” Are they beginning to wonder about who they have sided with? Hmmm.

JPM
JPM
11 years ago

Imagine being so cruel and backward that even the Duncanites don’t want to be associated with you!

Father Ron Smith
Father Ron Smith
11 years ago

“”…the American context is different from the Ugandan context…” – A.C.of Uganda Statement – So now we are into the area of contextual theology. If only the anti-gay, anti-women crowd had thought about this earlier, there may never have been the spate of border-crossing and intentional schism of the likes of ACNA’s minders in Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Southern Cone and any other piratical Provinces of the Communion. I suspect that Archbishop Orombi has been alerted to the problems for ACNA of being associated with the current spate of bigotry and discrimination which has tainted the Anglican Communion over the last… Read more »

JCF
JCF
11 years ago

“The Ugandan context is different from the American context…and ergo, it’s fine if (U.S. of) American Episcopalians have a different standard for bishops than we have.”

Oh, wait: apparently that last part of the communique didn’t come through.

Perry Butler
Perry Butler
11 years ago

Pleased that Matthew has drawn attention to Sandy Millar. As a former incumbent in the Diocese of London I remain puzzled about the how and why of Sandy’s elevation to the episcopate- though he has proved useful as an ordaining bishop for young turks who were not prepared to have hands laid on them by other bishops of the diocese who would not submit to their stringent theological checklist. I would have thought he was in an excellent position to influence his great friend Abp Orombi and help him understand why Anglican support of the Ugandan Bill is so repugnant.

Davis Mac-Iyalla
Davis Mac-Iyalla
11 years ago

I was thinking what united the Americans and our African bishops are their common hatred for LGBT people. How come “”…the American context is different from the Ugandan context? Lord have mercy

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