New inter religious alliance to promote family planning

By Alice Lubwama

Representatives of different religious organizations have launched an interfaith alliance which will coordinate faith based organizations that will promote family planning.

The launch was done at the end of the two day national family planning conference which took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

The alliance will also be used to mobilize funds to support family planning services and building capacity for religious leaders as family planning champions.

The Catholic Church was represented by sister Jacinta Mukamalimpa from Kyenjojo diocese, the Anglican Church was represented by Bishop Amos Magezi of North West Ankole diocese, while the Pentecostal church was represented by Pastor Joseph serwadda and Sheik Mohammadali Waiswa the deputy mufti Uganda Muslim supreme council represented the Muslims.

The deputy mufti Uganda Muslim supreme council Sheik Muhammadali Waiswa said that although it is a taboo to talk about family planning within the Muslim community, with the continuous mobilization and sensitization of the people by the religious leaders, the Muslim community is now receptive to family planning and now regularly access the services.

Speaking on behalf of the Pentecostal churches, the Presiding Apostle of Born Again faith, Pastor Joseph Serwadda said that the Bible supports planning; it’s the reason why a number of people in the old testament got children at the late age. Serwada further said that Family planning is Godly but it should be managed by the people who understand it.

Reverend Moses Semugooma who represented the Anglican Archbishop elect Bishop Stephen Kazimba Mugalu who is also a family planning champion said that the religious leaders need to support the family planning services so that mothers can get information to make the right decision.

Semugooma noted that if the leaders come out openly to speak about family planning, they will have a healthy population who will support the church.

He revealed that the Anglican Church has already committed to promote health and through Mityana diocese, the church supported the district local government to develop the family planning implementation coasted plan now being used as reference point for the entire country.

“It was Mityana diocese church of Uganda through faith for family heath initiative and population action international that came out to support the district to have the family planning implementation coasted plan. He emphasized.

Speaking at the same function ,the executive secretary of the catholic medical bureau Dr Ronald Kasyaba said that there are scriptural references that support the catholic church on family planning but the deference has been on the methods used.

However, he said that the church is now coming out strongly to do the promotion of the effective modern methods that are consistent with the doctrine of the Catholic Church, like standard day’s method, lactation amenorrhea method for breast feeding mothers and the 2day method. “There is no choice the priests should talk about the benefits of family planning, but we are not teaching them to practice and tell the people which method they use but tell them where to go. He said.

The board chairperson of Faith for family health initiative Jackie katana said, there was need to engage the religious leaders to spread the gospel on family planning services after a study on the status of family planning indicated that communities were not getting the right information and counseling on services.

She has however urged the ministry of health to target the resource allocation to demand generation and community mobilization.

Thousands of Christians around Kampala gather for the way of the cross

By Wasswa Deo

Thousands of Christian believers have today walked from different places to old Kampala  play ground as pilgrims to Jerusalem to retrace the steps of Jesus and Mary on way to Calvary.

This was during the Ecumenical public way of the cross 2017 which ended with an ecumenical service.

In his encouragement message delivered by  Musinioli Charles Kasibante, the Kampala Arch Bishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga  has told  christians  that’s it’s not important enough to carry the cross in the public  while their private lives contradicts what our Lord died for.

However, the main chief celebrant, Metropolitan Yonna Lwanga, has urged Ugandans especially leaders to change the way they behave ranging from entertaining corruption, theft, child sacrifices among others.

City Pastor handed over to police a year after escape from prison

By Robert Ssegawa
Zimbabwe has extradited renown Pentecostal Pastor Paul Muwanguzi commonly known by many as Kiwedde to Uganda  a year after he escaped from Mutukula government prison.
Asan Kasinje director Interpol Uganda has confirmed that Kiwedde was handed over to Uganda police last evening after he was arrested for flouting immigration laws and being in possession of fake passport.

UCU bans other religions from practicing on campus

Anglican church of UGANDA founded Uganda Christian University (UCU) has slapped a ban on any prayer or worship activities of no Anglican in the University premises.

The University Vice Chancellor Rev.Con.Dr John Ssenyonyi noted that non Anglican are however still welcome to the institution but they are required to do all their worship activities outside campus.

“While we recognize the worship of other people it’s not welcome to this campus, Uganda Christian University is established on an Anglican foundation and there is need to respect this setting. All worship which is not Anglican and not accepted by the University Chaplaincy should be conducted outside the campus,” Dr Ssenyonyi said warning those who have been doing it to stop immediately.

The ban comes in a time when the Moslems are in Ramadhan a fasting period that requires them to be hold regular prayers. With the ban in place students will be required to move out of campus every-time they are going to say their prayers.

 

 

-Campus eye

Ramadan inspiration : Put Your Heart In Action

Ramadan

Is like a rare flower
That blossoms once a year
And just as you begin to smell its fragrance
It disappears for another year
Make the most of it now
While you still have the chance
For the harvesting season is here
And it won’t last
The last 10 days
Have approached so fast
And as the days wizz past
How do our deeds fare
Put your heart in action
And your limbs in gear
Multiply your deeds
So your rewards be dear

-Anonymous

Thousands of Christians participate in the way of the cross

Christians have been urged to learn from  the crucification of Jesus Christ and desist from violence against women and children. They were also urged to stop engaging in  immoral behaviors.
The Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Rt Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira made the remarks at Namirembe cathedral as Christians observed good Friday the day Jesus was crucified.
At Nakivubo stadium, the Arch Bishop of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali urged Christians to use the day to repent their sins and re discover a new life.
Ugandans today converged at different places of worship to observe and commemorate the the day Jesus Christ was crucified.
National prayers have been held at the venue  for the public way of the cross at  at  Nakivubo stadium.
The prayers and the day have been observed  under the theme “what does God require of us?
Father Silvester Arinitwe the secretary general of the Uganda Joint Christian council is urging Christians to use the days to reflect of the Good things Jesus did.