Stanley Ntagali enthroned as 8th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda
Posted On : December 18, 2012 4:11 PM | Posted By : Admin ACO – ACNS: http://aco.org/acns/news.cfm/2012/12/18/ACNS5281
From the Church of Uganda
The Most Revd Stanley Ntagali was enthroned as the 8th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda on Sunday, 16th December, at St Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe.
More than 3,000 people attended the colourful ceremony, including His Excellency the President, political leaders, business leaders, and all the bishops of the Church of Uganda.
Primates from other Provinces in the Anglican Communion were also present – Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, Kenya, Indian Ocean, Nigeria, Jerusalem and the Middle East, England, and Scotland – along with other archbishops and bishops from Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Australia, United States of America, and England.
The President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, attended the function and addressed the gathering, urging the Church to increase their ministry to young people and to guide the youth in moral, upright, and productive living.
The Most Revd John Sentamu, Archbishop of York and a Ugandan by birth, represented the Archbishop of Canterbury and read a letter of greeting and congratulations from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The preacher for the service was the Most Revd Robert Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America. Preaching from Philippians 2:5-8 and John 21:18, Archbishop Duncan addressed two vocations for the Church of Uganda and the new Archbishop. Archbishop Duncan cited Paul’s invitation to “have the mind of Christ,” and noted “God has especially called you [Church of Uganda] to the humility – the servanthood – of the East African Revival. You know, better than most Christians that you are sinners saved by grace.”
Referencing John 21:18, Archbishop Duncan spoke directly to the new Primate and his wife about their calling in this new stage of ministry. “Becoming Archbishop means going where you do not plan to go. You are to have the mind of Christ in a very new way. The Lord Jesus is speaking to you as He spoke to Peter. You Stanley, and Mama, are to die and to live. Many days you will be carried where you do not want to go. You will be Christ’s servant more than ever now, as you seek to serve Him by being the servant of the servants of God.”
The enthronement service combined the singing of traditional Anglican hymns with spontaneous outbreaks of Tukutendereza, the traditional hymn of the East African Revival.
The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi, retiring Archbishop, handed over the Provincial Staff to Archbishop Ntagali, thus symbolizing the transfer of spiritual authority from one Archbishop to another. The congregation broke out into spontaneous and extended applause, showing their love and affection for both Archbishops.
Archbishop Ntagali was then seated in the Primatial Chair at St Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, and greeted by every bishop of the Church of Uganda and all visiting archbishops and bishops. In his Charge, the new Archbishop pledged to finish the construction of Church House and ensure that it generates income for the Church’s wider ministry. He identified support for Uganda Christian University, Theological Education, youth and children’s ministry, GAFCON, and HIV/AIDS ministry as priorities.
The then Rt Revd Stanley Ntagali was elected the 8th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda during a meeting of the House of Bishops on 22nd June. Bishop Ntagali was consecrated in December 2004 as the first Bishop of Masindi-Kitara Diocese.
The retiring Archbishop, the Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi, announced his early retirement in January 2012. Enthroned as Archbishop in January 2004, he served nine out of a possible ten years. Archbishop Orombi’s tenure as Archbishop was marked by extensive travels and preaching around the country, a commitment to youth ministry, and the construction of Church House, a commercial building on Kampala Road.
The fact that the Preacher at the enthronement of the new Primate of Uganda was the self-proclaimed ‘Archbishop’ of the dissident ‘Anglican Church in North America’ is a clue as to the expected retention of the conservative anti-gay and sola-scriptura missionary provenance of the Anglican Church of that country.
With the departure of Archbishop Orombi – under whose primacy the Anglican Church of Uganda has moved further away from the Lambeth leadership of the See of Canterbury – it was only to be expected that the Anglican Church in Uganda would intensify its primal relationship with ACNA, and ‘Archbishop’ Robert Duncan, whose tenure as the leader of the schismatic ex-Anglicans in North America has been largely initiated and supported by Uganda and other conservative African Provinces of the Communion.
Archbishop Orombi displayed his disdain for the liberating ethos of The Episcopal Church in North America, and for those provinces in the Anglican Communion that believe this is the right time for a radical re-appraisal of the attitude of Christians towards issues of gender and sexuality; so that, with the invitation of ACNA’s leader to deliver the message at the enthronement of newly-installed Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, it can safely be assumed that there will be ‘more of the same’ prejudice against enlightenment on issues of gender and sexuality from the current leadership in Uganda.
One can hardly imagine former Archbishop Orombi retiring quietly into the Ugandan countryside on his ‘retirement’ from his task as primate. Perhaps ‘Archbishop’ Robbie has some task in mind for him to reside in North America to assist with the war against TEC? One can only hope and pray that he does no more damage than has already been done to the Communion by the GAFCON Primates – in which he was a leading influence.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand