Resolution on the participation of Church ministers and workers in active and elective politics

20TH PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION ON THE PARTICIPATION OF CHURCH MINISTERS AND CHURCH WORKERS IN ACTIVE AND ELECTIVE POLITICS

The 20th Provincial Assembly that met in August (18th-21st), 2010 discussed the implications of Church Ministers and Workers participating in active and elective Politics. The Assembly discussed the issue at length and resolved as follows:

a) That in light of the divisive nature of politics, no ordained person and commissioned worker shall seek an elective post.  However, should any of them wish to do so, they shall follow the same procedure as the civil servants and resign from their work in church;

b) That the Clergy and Lay Readers shall desist from direct involvement in politics;

c) That no Clergy shall openly support a party or carry a party card;

d) That display of political party materials on church premises is prohibited;

e) That the Clergy and commissioned workers can encourage Christians to stand for elective positions at all levels without undue influence;

f) That should a clergy choose to resign from his/her work in the church to join politics, he/she shall not wear clerical robes and failure to abide by this will warrant for disciplinary measures to be employed against him/her.

Church ministers are commissioned to carry out Christ’s mission of preaching, teaching, healing and nurturing her people, without borders, so that they may have abundant life and build an evangelistic, loving, caring, worshipping, peaceful, responsible, just and transformed community.  We shall only be undermining the principles of our calling if we begin to engage in things that shall not promote unity and love among our people but only polarize and indeed destroy the church.

The purpose of this notice therefore is to re-affirm and encourage all Ministers and Members of the Church of Uganda to abide by the above resolution.

In His Service,

The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi

ARCHBISHOP OF CHURCH OF UGANDA

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