[Church Times] 20 July 2007--British dominance of the Anglican Communion is a thing of the past, says the Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Revd Henry Orombi. The “younger Churches” will shape what it means to be Anglican, the Archbishop writes in a lengthy essay, “What is Anglicanism?” for the American journal First Things.
Contemporary Anglicans are in danger of confusing doctrine and discipline, he writes. The “long season of British hegemony is over”, and Anglican Churches around the world have ended “the assumption that Anglican belief and practice must be clothed in historic British culture”.
The Church of Uganda is built on the three pillars of its martyrs, the East Africa revival of the 1930s, and the historic episcopate, each of which “refers back to the Word of God”, the Archbishop says. “We in the Church of Uganda are convinced that scripture must be reasserted as the central authority in our Communion.”
The Bible, he argues, “cannot appear to us a cadaver, merely to be dissected, analysed, and critiqued, as has been the practice of much biblical criticism.”