Bishop Henry Luke Orombi, one of Uganda’s most respected leaders, lived through a series of intriguing life events culminating in his appointment as the 7th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda in 2004. Over the years, he has mentored thousands of youth, fathers and leaders both in religious and corporate fields. Continue reading
In January, I visited Murgwanza in Kagera Diocese as a member of the Christianity Explored team to help train 130 lay leaders and youth leaders to use the course. Arising from that visit, Bishop Darlington Bendankeha invited me to return to Murgwanza to teach ordinands undertaking a three-year diploma course for ministry at the Diocesan theological college.
Kagera is situated in north west Tanzania high on a ridge overlooking the borders of Burundi and Rwanda near the shores of Lake Victoria. It is one of the poorest regions of Tanzania. More than half the population live on less that $1 per day. Continue reading
One of the Five Marks of Mission widely adopted as an expression of contemporary Christian mission is “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth”.
Peacemaker Trust is therefore enthusiastic to support the Olive Tree Planting Campaign organised by the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA\YWCA of Palestine and Alternative Tourism Group (ATG). Continue reading
Stephen has just returned from a week’s teaching in Cyangugu, Rwanda. Bishop Nathan Amooti, the Anglican Bishop of Cyangugu, invited Stephen to teach a module on Judaism and Christianity at the new Diocesan Theological School, which opened in March. Continue reading
During my visit to Melbourne I was introduced to some very special people. I enjoyed a breakfast with the Right Revd Philip Huggins, Assistant Bishop of Oodthenong, in the Diocese of Melbourne and Rev Ian Smith, Executive Officer of the Victorian Council of Churches. Bishop Philip is also President of the National Council of Churches in Australia. He has a strong interest in and actively contributes to welfare and multi-cultural issues and activities. We spoke of his forthcoming visit to Ramallah and burden for justice and peace in Israel-Palestine.
My presentation at Holy Trinity put seven of the most common Christian Zionist assertions to the Biblical test. I liken Christian Zionist theology to a balloon of hot air. How many pins do you need to burst a balloon?
While staying in Sydney recently, I was pleased to meet up with the Revd Dr Mark Thompson, Principal of Moore College and some of their faculty and students. Mark had previously visited Christ Church, Virginia Water, where I used to serve as vicar, for a GAFCON event.
Over the years, many of our church apprentices benefited from the theological training provided through Moore College online and correspondence courses. We discussed our mutual interest in providing resources for theological colleges in East Africa alongside the Christianity Explored course.
Dr Thompson said that when I am next in town he hopes to find a way for me to engage with interested students.
The Revd Dave Smith, my host during the recent lecture tour of Australia, invited me to preach at Holy Trinity, Dulwich Hill, Sydney. I expounded John 13, The Time has Come.
It was a beautiful service with heavenly music, warm fellowship, a very diverse church family with lots of children and first class coffee afterwards. Recommended if you are visiting Sydney on a Sunday.