Sentamu Calls for Religious Revival

New Vision (Kampala)
August 15, 2005

By Henry Mukasa

THE Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, has called for religious revival in the country.

He delivered a powerful sermon that moved hundreds in the congregation at Miracle Centre Cathedral, Rubaga.

Referring to his elevation to the second highest post in the Anglican Church, Sentamu said there was hope for Uganda.

"Churchill called this country the pearl of Africa. In the 1970s, Amin was the embarrassment of Africa. It's slowly crawling back and we want it to be the real pearl of Africa," Sentamu said.

"We can be rich. We can develop but without knowing God, that's nothing. The Uganda Martyrs died so that Christ is known in this country. They didn't die in vain, and they were young," he added.

Hailing the dominance of the youth in the Cathedral, founded and run by his brother Pastor Robert Kayanja, the Archbishop said the Church was assured of continuity.

"If the youth are not there, the Church tends to be tired," he said, referring to Jesus' likening of the ancestry of God's kingdom to the youth.

He said, "When I see what is happening today, revival is about to break out." Nodding almost at every sentence Sentamu uttered, Kayanja was excited at his elder brother's presence. Kayanja described Sentamu as a mentor and family kingpin.

Sentamu called for unity, saying acting individually gave people wrong visions.

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news summary: Friday, Aug. 12, 2005

The big Anglican story today is a provisional ruling in the property dispute between the Diocese of Los Angeles and St. James' church in Newport Beach, California, where American Anglican Council president David Anderson was formerly rector and which broke away from the Epsicopal Church and was claimed by the Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi as a congregation of the (Anglican) Church of Uganda. Orange County Judge David Valesquez is expected to issue a final ruling on Monday regarding whether St. James' property is owned by the congregation or the diocese, but his tentative ruling issued today suggests that he is likely to rule on Monday in favor of the congregation. The tentative ruling is non-binding and could differ from the final ruling, but it does indicate the direction of the judge's thinking at present. Leads and links to articles from news coverage on this and other items (a good article on the controversy at St. John's in Connecticut and an Evangelical Times story on the founding of a new theological college by Holy Trinity Brompton, home of the Alpha program) can be found below.

August 12, 2005 in "Connecticut Six", Church of England, Diocese of Connecticut, Diocese of Eastern Michigan, Diocese of Los Angeles, Forward in Faith/First Promise, News Summary, St. James, Newport Beach, CA | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Holy Trinity Brompton Starts Theological College


Holy Trinity Brompton, the Charismatic Anglican church in Knightsbridge, is to open a £6 million theological college. The Kensington-based Theological Training Centre will train students for leadership and evangelism.

Holy Trinity Brompton is home to the controversial Alpha course, which has become a multi-million pound evangelistic enterprise. The course claims to be a systematic introduction to the Christian faith and has been attended by over six million people.

However, the Alpha course has been criticised in ET for its questionable approach to vital Christian doctrines like sin and the work of the Lord -Jesus Christ, and its heavy emphasis on ‘Holy Spirit’ charismatic experiences.

The energy behind the church is extraordinary. There are numerous congregations planted in other areas of London by HTB and some of these have already planted more congregations of their own. These are largely made up of young, energetic and often wealthy members, in many ways quite opposite to the generally perceived composition of Anglican congregations.

The new training centre, based at St Paul’s Onslow Square, will be headed by Dr Graham Tomlin, acting principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

He takes up his post in September and will train people in church planting. He will also develop ‘new expressions of church’, which may mean a grassroots approach to church as opposed to the hierarchy of Episcopalianism.

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