By Ivan Naijuka
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and Bishop, Diocese of Kampala, the Most Rev. Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, has called upon people to continue giving in order to secure the Church House. The Archbishop made the remarks on Sunday September 19, 2021 while on a pastoral visit to the All Saints’ Cathedral Love Gift Committee members who gathered at the home of Mr. Edson Besigomwe, also a member.
The Archbishop said that every diocese owns shares in Church House. So, when the debt is cleared, dioceses will directly benefit with increased income to support Church-founded schools and health centres, development projects and mission outreaches. If there was ever a time when we realized so clearly the need for the Church to diversify its income streams, it is during this global pandemic and lockdown.
The Committee applauded the Archbishop for being a good marketer for the Church of Uganda.
“We thank you heartily, your Grace, for standing firm to the cause of Church of Uganda. You have marketed it so well, and that is why we are behind you to make things work,” Mr. Davis Byabamaziima, the Chairperson All Saints’ Cathedral, Kampala Love Gift Committee, said.
In addition, Lay Canon Jolly Babirukamu requested the archbishop to appeal to all parishes in the Diocese of Kampala to take this matter as apriority since we gain as a team.
“Your Grace, our diocese has the potential to make her contribution, but I don’t know whether other parishes are making any strides towards that. As the Cathedral, we are doing our part. Where are other parishes?” Jolly asked.
The Diocesan Chairperson Love Gift Committee who doubles as the Chairperson House of Clergy in the Diocese and the Province at large, the Rev Canon Geoffrey Byarugaba told members that the diocese is already meeting at different levels and each parish has been tasked to make a certain contribution.
“I can assure you members, I am chairing the diocesan committee meetings about Love Gift, these people are making serious efforts, and surprisingly other parishes might overtake what the Cathedral has collected”.
Meanwhile, the Committee members contributed Shs 10 Million in cash and pledged to continue encouraging people to give generously towards the love gift.
In total, the Cathedral members have so far collected around 122 Million Shillings in cash and more than 12 Million in pledges. The Cathedral aims at a minimum of 300 Million as her contribution towards Church House Love Gift.
The function was attended by the Provost, Rev. Canon Dr. Rebecca Nyegenye; Assistant Provost, Rev. Hillary Jaffu; Canon Geoffrey Byarugaba, Cathedral Head of Laity, Lay Canon Kedrace Turyagyenda; and Provost Warden, Lay Canon Jolly Babirukamu; among others.
The “Yes, We Can!” Church House Fundraising Campaign was launched at All Saints’ Cathedral, Kampala on 6th June 2021 by Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba.
The “Yes, We Can!” fundraising campaign aims to raise 1,000,000 “Love Gifts” of Shs 60,000 each to clear the construction loans on Church House. Paying off the debt on Church House will enable the project to fulfill its original purpose, which is to raise funds for the church’s ministry and for clergy pensions.
At the lunch of the Love Gift, Archbishop Kaziimba said: “This year 2021 we are celebrating 60 Years of self-governance. So, I am encouraging everyone to give a thanksgiving Love Gift of Shs. 60,000 for Church House.”