[Religious Intelligence] 13 Oct 2008--The general synod of the Church of Uganda has backed the call for the creation of a second Anglican province in the United States and Canada for traditionalists.
Meeting from Aug 26-28 at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, clergy and lay delegates to the 19th Provincial Assembly overwhelmingly endorsed Archbishop Henry Orombi’s participation in the Gafcon primates’ council, affirmed the Jerusalem Declaration, and pledged to support the Common Cause Partnership in North America’s transition into the 39th province of the Anglican Communion. The synod also took up Archbishop Orombi’s call for a “Decade of Mission,” while approving in principle proposed changes to the church’s Anglican ecclesiology --- making shared doctrine rather than communion with Canterbury, the defining relationship of the church.
In his charge to the province, Archbishop Orombi noted the Anglican Communion’s Decade of Evangelism from 1990 to 2000 produced mixed results. “While America and Canada debated homosexuality and watched their churches decline, we in Africa took the challenge of evangelism seriously. The Church in Nigeria grew dramatically, chiefly through planting churches and creating new missionary dioceses in northern Nigeria.”