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In his opening sermon on the Provincial Assembly’s theme, “Be transformed by the Renewal of your Mind,” Asiimwe reminded delegates of a saying that; “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.” He observed that; “If Church of Uganda is going to fulfill its Great Commission, then it needs to change its mindset.”

The Anglican Church needs to make relevant decrees that will determine Uganda’s moral agenda in the wake of renewed pressures on homosexuality, Peter Asiimwe, the executive director of Life Ministry Uganda has said.

Asiimwe says the church needs to send a tough and clear message against practices that are eating up Uganda’s moral fiber and shift from a spineless style of operation.

He was speaking at the opening of the provincial assembly of the Church of Uganda, now sitting at the Uganda Christian University in Mukono. The assembly is a legislative body of the church that brings together a House of Laity, a House of Clergy, and a House of Bishops from the 34 dioceses across the country. It meets every after two years.

In his opening sermon on the Provincial Assembly’s theme, “Be transformed by the Renewal of your Mind,” Asiimwe reminded delegates of a saying that; “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.” He observed that; “If Church of Uganda is going to fulfill its Great Commission, then it needs to change its mindset.”

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His comments come barely a month after the constitutional court nullified the controversial anti-homosexuality act on the basis that it was passed without quorum in parliament. Although, Homosexual acts remain illegal, the new law had allowed for life imprisonment for "aggravated homosexuality" and banned the "promotion of homosexuality."

The challenge to the provincial assembly could however rejuvenate the debate on Uganda’s relationship with the Anglican Communion elsewhere in the world which embraces homosexuality.

Recently, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali maintained that “The Church of Uganda has had no discussions about breaking away from the Church of England or the Anglican Communion.

“It’s true that the fabric of the Anglican Communion was torn at its deepest level in 2003 when the American Episcopal Church consecrated as Bishop, a gay man living in a same-sex relationship.  Not only was this against the Bible, but it went against the agreed position of the Anglican Communion,” The archbishop stated.

He however added that “Our current concern is that the Church of England seems to be drifting rapidly in the same direction.” 

In the same meeting, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga reiterated that parliament will be grounded if courts nullify laws of the basis of simple technicalities like quorum. she says the process of passing the law is both costly and time consuming.
 
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