The Church of Uganda has commissioned a US$10 million project expected to guarantee the welfare of Christians and clergy of the Church. Until now, Church workers in Uganda have had to retire without any pension or retirement benefits. The President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who was also the Chief Guest at a gathering (that brought together civic, political and religious personalities) contributed US$170,000 towards the project.
During his talk at the ground-breaking ceremonies, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Revd Dr Livingstone Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo, called for Unity of all God's people as they work on various projects such as the new Church House.
Drawing from the sad history of the murder of his predecessor, Archbishop Janani Luwum, who laid the foundation stone of the Church House in 1977 to mark 100 years of Christianity in Uganda, Archbishop Nkoyoyo said, "Janani was a remarkable servant of God. His humility grew as he recognised and responded to the darkness through which his people were travelling in those days."
Archbishop Janani devised the Church House project as a way for Christians, who proclaim the unchanging gospel of love and unity, to respond to the world. "This was meant to serve as a symbol of our unity," said Archbishop Nkoyoyo, "As we face what Archbishop Carey has wisely called, the 'nitty-gritty changes and chances' of this fleeting world."
Archbishop Nkoyoyo also resonated Archbishop Rowan Williams' words in the essay on 'Different Christs.' "In the Church," Archbishop Williams has said, "There is a strong temptation to draw lines in the sand and regard those who disagree with us as beyond the pale."
"But this is not the Christ who calls us," Archbishop Nkoyoyo said. "The Christ who calls us instructs us to love our enemies, and, as Archbishop Williams says, '...to love even what may seem the pale shadow of his face in other people's minds, because compared with the light of his glory all our thoughts are shadows.'"