Christians Should not Support Impunity - Bishop

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In short
Michael James Nazir-Ali, the retired bishop of Rochester Diocese in the United Kingdom, tells the gathering attending the Archbishop Luwum memorial to become modern-day missionaries through resisting actions, thoughts and deeds that promote impunity.

A church leader has called on Christians in Uganda to become modern-day missionaries through resisting actions, thoughts and deeds that promote impunity.
While speaking to the thousands of Christians who thronged Mucwini Sub-County for the 40th anniversary celebrations of the saint, Michael James Nazir-Ali, the retired bishop of Rochester Diocese in the United Kingdom urged the Christians to be a force of 21st century missionaries.
"Just like St. Janani Luwum did, we as Christians and as the Church of Uganda should not support any forms of impunity. We know it got him martyred but it is the same reason as to why we are here today," he observes.
During the sermon, Bishop Nazir-Ali presented the message of the Archbishop of Canterbury the Rt. Rev. Justine Welby who turned down the invite to be the guest of honor at today's occasion due to a busy schedule.
In the message, the Archbishop Welby emphasized the Christians' need to live a life befitting before God and present all the sufferings of the people in Northern Uganda at the hands of the rebels as offerings for a renewed life of hope.
'We are living martyrs to the good news of Jesus Christ. And we have to ask ourselves if we are full of faith and if we have full trust in the Lord. Let what happened to you in the insurgency shape your life in Christ,' read part of the message.
He hopes that the Church in Uganda will help to model a new era of missionaries using the example set by the celebrated Archbishop Luwum.
Bishop Nazir-Ali was among at least 26 bishops who tuned up at Mucwini to mark the 40th anniversary of Luwum's death.
The then Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire, was murdered on February 16, 1977 in Kampala on the orders of President Idi Amin Dada, after he was suspected of plotting to overthrow the government. He was hurriedly buried at his ancestral home in Wii Gweng Village, in Mucwini Sub County in Kitgum district. Killed together with the Archbishop were two government ministers, Charles Oboth Ofumbi for Internal Affairs and Lt. Col. Erinayo Oryema for Culture.
Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of the Church of Uganda led prayers to remember a church leader who stood his ground in the face political threat and paid the ultimate price.
Thousands of Christians converged at the Janani Luwum's home, many of them trekking hundreds of kilometres to the venue, according to Reverend Francis Okot, the Missions Director of Kitgum Diocese.
Vice President Edward Sekandi, Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah and Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda are among the guests at Mucwini.


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