By Raymond Baguma
ARCHBISHOP Stanley Ntagali is expected to lead a delegation of 200 people from Uganda, to attend a global conference of church leaders to discuss the gay crisis in the Anglican Church.
The church leaders from Anglican provinces in Africa will gather in Nairobi beginning Monday October 21, under the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON). The meeting which runs up to October 26, comes in light of legalizing of same-sex marriages by western churches.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is expected to address the Primate Council ahead of the conference, comprising of leaders of some of the world's largest Anglican provinces, including Uganda.
GAFCON began after the Episcopal Church in America in 2003 elected Gene Robinson, an openly gay man and divorced father of two, as bishop for the diocese of New Hampshire. The inaugural meeting was held in June 2008 in Jerusalem.
Since then, the Anglican Churches of Canada, United Kingdom, and Southern Africa have accepted same sex unions in the church.
In an earlier statement, Archbishop Ntagali described same sex unions as “a spiritual cancer that has infected these churches.”
GAFCON which includes Anglican Provinces in Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, US and Europe opposed to same-sex unions, is independent of Canterbury, the seat of Anglicanism currently under the leadership of Justin Welby.
Church of Uganda broke fellowship with The US Episcopal Church and is now in fellowship with the anti-gay Anglican province in the US called the Anglican Church in North America.
A statement released ahead of the meeting revealed that 1,200 delegates, clergy and laity, men and women will attend the meeting. Among them will be victims of religious persecution from across the world.
There will also be ‘mini-conferences’ on topics such as gospel proclamation and culture, theological education, economic empowerment and the church, marriage, family and sexuality, and engaging with Islam.