UCU Deny Stopping Worship For Non-Anglicans

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In an interview with URN, Dr Senyonyi says he never abolished any non-Anglican worship within the university but only acknowledged the basis of the Anglican faith of which UCU is founded on.

Uganda Christian University (UCU) vice chancellor, Rev .Canon John Senyonyi has denied that the University has not stopped non-Anglican to worship within the University.

In an interview with URN, Dr Senyonyi says he never abolished any non-Anglican worship within the university but only acknowledged the basis of the Anglican faith of which UCU is founded on.

According to Senyonyi the policy on worship already existed in the University since 2001 and all religious denominations should pass through the University Chaplain and administration before starting to worship in the University Premises.

He says his remarks were misrepresented and yet he was only trying to remind people on the foundation of UCU and asking Non Anglicans to cooperate.

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Recently, the vice chancellor of UCU was quoted in the media saying the University was founded on Anglican faith and values and therefore needs to be respected and protected from other religious interference from Catholicism, Born again,Muslims and others.

He is also quoted as having said all worship which is non-Anglican and that which is not accepted by the University's chaplaincy should be conducted outside the university campus.

 
However, he refuted this claims saying that what went out on the media was misunderstood and reported by the media, stating that it was only a reminder on what the UCU is found.

 
One of the students a Christian within the university says UCU being a Christian University should embrace all Christian denomination because they have a right to worship basing on their faith but not to subject students to only one type of worship (Anglican) which is against their faith.

 
During the interview, he stated that, all religious activities within the University are under the jurisdiction of the University chaplain and it is the only chaplain that has the power to make such decisions of other people who are non Anglicans.

 
He also added that, UCU has a history with the church of Uganda of which it cannot be changed and it is only the Church of Uganda that can determine what is to be done within the university but not on individual basis.