Bahai News - Archbishop Wamala Urges Other Groups To Join UJCC
Archbishop Wamala Urges Other Groups To Join UJCC
New Vision (Kampala)
February 25, 2000
By John Kakande
Kampala - Emmanuel Cardinal, Wamala the Achibishop of Kampala, said on
Wednesday that all religious denominations are free to apply and join
the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC).
The influential UJCC is composed of the Catholic Church, the Church of
Uganda and the Orthodox Church.
Formed in the 1980s, UJCC has since 1994 played a leading role in
conducting civic education and elections monitoring. It usually takes a
collective stand on important national issues like the referendum on
Wamala, told The New Vision at a dinner for religious leaders at the Grand
Imperial Hotel that other denominations were free to apply to join the
But he said they must subscribe to the religious doctrines of Trinity,
Baptism with water; and believe in the Apostles.
Wamala said the UJCC has a sub-committee on Muslim affairs. "We have been
having a dialogue with the Muslims," Wamala said. He said a Catholic priest
on the sub-committee is a scholar in Islamic studies.
The dinner, organised by a local NGO, Always Be Tolerant (ABETO) and the
German Development Service (DED), was attended by the Emir of the Tabliq
sect, Sheik Sulaiman Kakeeto.
Others were Archbishop Christian Aliddeki of the Adventist Church and
George Olinga of the Bahai faith.
Wamala told guests at the dinner that "true religion is not divisive. Any
religion which divides is false. There is no religion which preaches war,
hatred or intolerance." Kakeeto said Islam does not discriminate. "Under
Islam, human beings are equal. There is none superior or inferior," he said.
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