Anglican Church urged to continue investing in education

MUKONO, February 26, 2024 – The Anglican Church in Uganda should not only concentrate on building churches but should also build more institutions of learning, according to Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa.

He made the call on Sunday while officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Saints Andrew and Philip Cathedral in Mukono district.

Tayebwa said schools and other institutions of learning produce products that can contribute to the building of more churches.

The Deputy Speaker underlined the contribution of the Church towards enabling access to education, with particular reference to Uganda Christian University, Mukono.

Tayebwa also urged the church leadership to encourage Christians to work hard. “Working is very important because some of us were getting worried that there are churches that are taking the route of telling people that it is all about prayer without working hard. If we only prayed, would we be able to build a cathedral,” said Tayebwa.

He also appreciated the Archbishop of Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu, for his role in unifying all religious leaders.

“Unity is important and religion should bring us together. Mugalu is a symbol of unity in Uganda,” Tayebwa said.

For his part, Kaziimba rallied Christians to support efforts to construct a new church house for Saints Andrew and Philip Cathedral, saying that the 39-year-old facility requires Shs 6 billion.

“How many of you have built a Cathedral before. The Namirembe Cathedral was built when we were not born. Let us make history and build this cathedral,” Kaziimba said.

He stressed the importance of building the Cathedral, saying that it has nurtured some of the former prominent bishops of Church of Uganda, including Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo and Alfred Tucker.

He added that Mukono Diocese continues to train several bishops, and yet it does not have a cathedral.

“Today we have a challenge, as we celebrate the first anniversary of Bishop Enos Kitto Kagodo, I want to invite everyone to contribute. This Cathedral is for you, it is our project,” said Kaziimba.

He lauded Tayebwa for supporting religious activities, saying that he always responds whenever called upon.

“He [Tayebwa] loves the church, he has supported several fundraising activities and the latest was the interior renovation of Namirembe cathedral where we raised Shs 1 billion,” said Kaziimba.


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