18 September 2012

Uganda: Archbishop Urges Clergy to Take Care of Youth

Outgoing archbishop of the Church of Uganda Henry Luke Orombi has called upon church leaders to ensure that the youth fully participate in church activities.

Orombi expressed concern that the youth are shying away from the Anglican Church to join the Pentecostal churches and blamed it on the church leaders.

Orombi who is retiring in December this year, was speaking during his farewell and thanks giving service at St. Andrews Cathedral Namukozi in Mityana diocese on Sunday.

He said the Church of Uganda leaders have not fully supported children and the youth to stick to their church leading to many crossing to the Pentecostal churches.

"We should not blame the Pentecostal churches for taking these young people. They are hungry and we are not providing the food they need here, so they go to the Pentecostal churches. If it is music, let them dance from here for the Lord as we see, instead of letting them go and dance in discotheques," Orombi said.

He thanked the Mityana diocesan leaders for the youth and children ministry which he said was serving well.

"When I found many young people in the service here, it gave me hope that the church is alive in Mityana," he said.

He urged church leaders to always protect orphans and vulnerable people in their areas, saying there is great need to reach out to people suffering in different parts of the country.

The service was attended by the bishop of central Buganda diocese Jackson Matovu, the retired bishop of Mityana diocese Dunstan Kopliano Bukenya, state minister for ICT Nyombi Thembo and MPs from the region.

This is the ninth diocese Orombi has visited to bid farewell to Christians.

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