Inter-Religious Council of Uganda

Inter-Religious Council of Uganda

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I greet you in the name of God, as religious leaders ask for the permission to distribute food to their followers, their request may be denied as they will be reasoned out for collecting a crowd, therefore it would be good if if they explained to the government how they are going to do it in a way acceptable to the government before we loose this chance. Thanks
Wat is the plan behind this will this end us to heaven inter religious council Well we are ready hear of your final ending but in all we suspect the will of GOD TO BE MANIFESTED ITS ALL ABOUT WE MUST YEARN FOR BECAUSE THE WORLD AND ITS RICHES WE GONA LIVE THE HERE ON EARTH AS WE PLAN WHATEVER WE WANT TO DO NEVER FORGET THAT THIS IS NOT OUR HOME BECOUSE THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE BELONG TO HEAVEN ACCORDING TO PHILLIP I AN 3 :20
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IS IT SENSIBLE TO HAVE A NATIONAL DIALOGUE WITHOUT THE INCLUSION OF UGANDANS? SEEK THE AGENDA FROM ALL UGANDANS TO AVOID HAVING A NATIONAL "MONOLOGUE" . FELLOW UGANDANS : We should be grateful to have this "national dialogue", the unfortunate part is that the president who has been in power for 32 years is going to discuss how he can not leave power and he will remind us the so many reasons of the NRA/NRM struggle which himself can no longer believe in as he is doing the exact opposite. The real nationalists will never be heard when a call for him to leave power will be part of the dialogue. In my family we all loved our grandfather, but he made his will and before his death we all knew who his successor was.In our families as men, we prepare our wives for the untimely eventuality of our death as family heads. There is always a plan and we accept life and death as part of the universe's ever existing normal occurrence. We accept doing our part and draw a plan for others to do their part while we are gone and we prepare them to do their part more better than us. A person who thinks he can defy the natural law of death while heading a nation, bury's a nation with him upon his death. For a national dialogue that will fail to "map" Uganda's political feature just because one person sees himself as that "map" is a waste of time. Uganda has problems today but i will tell you that Uganda's problem now is of having one man giving direction on every single policy in our country. The NRM parliamentarians know they represent their people but before any serious issue of national concern they convene in state house for the president to give them direction. HE THINKS FOR THEM, HE TELLS THEM JUMP, OUR NRM MPS ASK HOW HIGH. ITS A PITY THEY REPRESENT HIS VIEWS AND NOT NATIONAL VIEWS. DIALOGUE MAKES SENSE IF THIS POWER OF ONE MAN TO DRIVE A NATION ACCORDING TO HIS DESIRES IS GIVEN BACK TO THE PEOPLE THROUGH A PEOPLE PARLIAMENT: Sensible dialogue is coming up with a plan of peaceful transition of power. Sensible dialogue is having public assets like roads, hospitals well facilitated and made accessible to all Ugandans not a few with money. Sensible dialogue is having a refocus on what can champion our economic growth as a country. If its agriculture let there be practical solutions. Sensible dialogue is to have a re-skilled youth with plan of making these youth integrated into the economic plan UGANDANS CAN MAKE A BETTER AGENDA INCLUDE THEM IN THIS DIALOGUE. OTHER WISE IT WILL BE A MONOLOGUE disguised as a dialogue and another chance for the president to address the nation.
When is the Religious Council going to come out and and speak up against the events that happened in Gulu and saw Honourable Members of Parliament tortured to near death and beaten to a pulp? Are you saying this is okay or are you choosing to close one eye and ignore it, what is the difference between yourselves and that individual who approaches a beggar in the street and looks the other way to pretend he is not there? What is really happening? John Njoroge your the one who knows many things, was this group compromised also really?UGX 500m ?? RIYALE?
Please I appreciate the work you do, this time I ask you kindly you boldly talk to Mr museveni to release the mp Kyagulanyi and the rest as you also aware that all what is said is baseless, talk to him because people are going to die innocently , am sure this is part of your role , save us please , am saying this with alot of pain on my heart , this time please I beg be bold don't be intimidated
I dont believe That there still exists a sense of monothesm. I believe a muslim and a christian we all have The same goal we a chasing. A certain mubuulizi of kitende church of uganda yesterday 6th of march chased away students from a muslim college enphasizing That him and The reveland of That church hate muslims and so they are not allowed to play from The church pitch. Surprisingly there many christian students in That muslim college.
Fellow Ugandans, on behalf of all those who have already associated themselves with us to demand for a referendum on the Direct Democracy and a Regional Rotation for four top-most positions of leadership in Uganda and on my own behalf, I greet you all and wish you a happy new year! As you are no doubt aware, the most important office in a democracy is not the office of the president, but it is in your office and mine -we the citizens. And, the constitution of Uganda at Chapter one Clauses 1 Sub-sections (1) and (2), (3) and (4), has made this point very clear of the. It is to this important tenet that we have made this wake up call to remind us of this constitutional mandate in order to urge you and indeed all of us to reassert our rights as citizens, to directly participate more in the politics of this country than being perpetually hostage to any government in power in Uganda. The petition for a referendum on the Direct Democracy system of governance and a Regional Rotation for four top-most positions of leadership in Uganda, PPD and partners submitted to the Chairman, Electoral Commission on 22ndDecember, 2017, is premised on this belief and conviction. Your comments or views sent by email to: [email protected] or visit our website on: https://regionalrotationalpresidency.wordpress.com for more details and comments on this subject--that will be much appreciated. Godspeed! Sincerely Webster Lukwiya. Lead Petitioner/President, Popular Peoples’ Democracy, PPD party/ Member National Consultative Forum for Political Parties & Political Organizations, (NCF). Tel: +256 778 794 862.
The interreligious council of Uganda NUMB at the hour of adversity. Every time I visit history, I'm inspired by religious leaders who stood up in times of oppression and bad governance. Classic examples are men of valour like Janan Luwum, Archbishop of the Metropolitan Province of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire. He was a leading voice against excesses of Amin regime, Rev. Fr. Cox Renshaw, former US presidential candidate under the jobless party. Among many heroic acts he led the "Cox army comprising of 25000" who demonstrated on the streets if Washington and its until to date the biggest in history of US. The list of such men is long but what's important is that they rose to the plight of their people, spoke against the ills of governments, they inspired people to stand up for their rights and they never shied away in face of adversity. History already remembers them. The recent proposed constitutional amendments on land and age limit have cause a lot of excitement among the public who are ton because of the very many misguided interpretations. It is at such times when we expect the advocacy groups/NGOS to come out strong and support policy advocacy without bias. Core to the IRCU is a mandate on Influencing public policy advocacy. If this is not being done at a such time when the public is in disarray as a result of the suggested constitutional amendments, when is the time? Its is my humble desire that the IRCU comes out clear and help in explaining some of these contentious issues at pulpits, digital and print media. Thank you The price of silence is much greater than its consequences.

Is an initiative that brings together different religious institutions to address issues of common interest. Affiliated to (WCRP) and established in 2001.

IRCU is an initiative that brings together different religious institutions to address issues of common interest. Established in 2001, IRCU is affiliated to the World Council of Religions for Peace (WCRP) and the African Council of Religious Leaders (ACRL).

Mission: "To promote peace, reconciliation, good governance, and holistic human development through interfaith action and collaboration, advocating for the empowerment of member bodies for common good".

The IRCU Council of Presidents addressed the media on a call for an integrated response to the COVID-19 Global pandemic in a press conference at IRCU Secretariat.
The council noted that the food distribution process has been slow making the beneficiaries anxious and very many vulnerable groups in the country which need to be supported and also Stigma around the COVID-19 victims.
Among the recommendations, the council notes that food and non food items be distributed in a timely manner to all vulnerable groups.
Religious leaders should offer psycho-social support to the COVID-19 survivors and the national task force should include local churches and mosques to mobilise and contribute food items to vulnerable groups.

Find full statement: https://ircu.or.ug/publication/call-for-an-intergrated-approach-to-the-covid19-pandemic/

On the note, Disaster Preparedness minister Hon. Musa Ecweru also paid a courtesy visit to the Council of President to discuss the continuous collaboration between the line ministry and the Inter Religious Council of Uganda during this #Covid19 period.

Nitusiima ruhanga habw’okukuha obwomezi kandi nitusaba aikale nakulinda

Ohangaale Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV.
#Religions4Peace

May the Miracle of Easter bring you love, joy and happiness as you meditate on God’s words #StayHomeSaveLives #HappyEaster.

May your Faith in God bring peace to you and your loved ones this good Friday and throughout this Holy week.
#HappyGoodFriday
#StayHomeStaySafe

When we pray, the Good Lord listens. Let us continue lifting our country and world to God. Let us seek His intervention.
#Prayer

Amidst the #Covid19 Pandemic we should stay calm and cry out to our creator the God of heaven and earth for Help.
As religious leaders, we urge you faithful to keep clean, wash hands and stay home if you're not doing anything meaningful that needs you to travel.

Precautionary guidelines for Religious Leaders and Faith Communities for Prevention of Importation and Spread Of The Novel #CoronaVirus. #Covid_19
https://ircu.or.ug/guidelines-for-religious-leaders-faith-communities-against-the-spread-corona-virus/

In the meeting with the Ministry of Health at IRCU secretariat, Religious leaders, have today pronounced their concern over the magnitude of damage that COVID-19 has inflicted upon the religious lives and liturgical norms of the faithful- citing that in other parts of the world, Holy pilgrimages have been halted, worship practices have been suspended in the hope of strengthening the containment measures to breakdown mass spread of the virus.

The IRCU Council of Presidents, expresses gratitude to the Ministry of Health for issuing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and also appreciate the swift measures taken to minimize chances of importing the virus to our communities and faithful.

Inter Religious Council of Uganda and Ministry of Health have pledged to join effort to create awareness of the corona virus at all levels. Additionally, IRCU structures and leadership are efficient to roll out and disseminate approved information throughout the country.

The Ministry of Health has issued contact persons who can be accessed for any queries. The Ministry urges the public to report any suspected cases to the nearest health facility or call toll-free lines in 0800-203-033 and 0800-100-066.

Today the Archbishop Church of Uganda The Most Reverend Stephen Samuel Kazimba Mugalu was enthroned as the 8th Bishop of the Kampala Diocese at All Saints Church Nakasero.

We congratulate His Grace Stephen Kazimba upon his enthronemet and continue praying for the Almighty to guide him.
#Religions4Peace

#HappyWomensDay #Each4Equal

The IRCU Council of Presidents (COPs) congratulate the Rt. Rev. Dr Samuel Stephen Kazimba Mugalu upon his consecration and installation as the new Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and Co-president Council of Presidents (CoPs).

We thank The Most Rev Stanley Ntagali for his immense contribution to IRCU and the entire leadership to the Church of Uganda.

IRCU currently in a meeting with the Salvation Army to pave way for possible partnership at the Secretariat in Mengo.

A church prelate that beat all odds to stand up for the oppressed citizenry during the 1971 regime. This is indeed a glaring challenge to current religious clerics both nationally and globally to stay the right course wherever there is a political turmoil. An inspiration to the current and future generations of our Mother Uganda.
#JananLuwumDay

The World Interfaith Harmony Week is a UN resolution for a worldwide week of interfaith harmony proposed in 2010 by King Abdullah II and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week falls in the first week of February of every year aims at promoting harmony between all people regardless of their faith.

Humanity everywhere is bound together, not only by mutual interests, but by shared commandments to love God and neighbor; to love the good and neighbor. #InterFaithWeek

“During chemo, you’re more tired than you’ve ever been. It’s like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you’re out. You don’t know how you’ll answer the door when your groceries are delivered. But you also find that you’re stronger than you’ve ever been. You’re clear. Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception. Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience. Now it’s instantaneous.” – (Melissa Bank)

But you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you would ever imagine, Never Give Up. #IAmAndIWill #WorldCancerDay

We congratulate Rev. James Bukomeko upon his consecration as the Bishop Mityana diocese. God has chosen you as a true witness of Christ, the good shepherd. May He endow you with wisdom and ever deepening holiness as you guide the flock entrusted to your loving care.

Today: The Minister of Ethics and Integrity Fr. Simon Lokodo paid a courtesy visit to the IRCU Council of Presidents. We look forward to working together to promote the holistic well being of Uganda and Ugandans.

From all of us at IRCU to you.

Holiday greetings from The Council of Presidents, Board and Management of IRCU.

Happy Holidays.

On Friday 13th December 2019, the Inter Religious Council of Uganda led a thanks giving service at state house Entebbe on a call by HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and The First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni under the theme "Where the other Nine" from Luke 17:17 and Quran 14:7, Q 27:38-40. The outgoing Archbishop of Uganda His Grace Dr Stanley Ntagali re-echoed the need to give thanks to the Lord at whatever moment and the need to end the rampant corruption in the country among public and private servants and all Ugandans.

In his words the President said " I see that Ugandans are intoxicated with religion. Of course, there are those intoxicated with alcohol but there are also those intoxicated with the Holy Spirit. There is no harm in this because it is not comparable to anything in this world".

#Religions4Peace

A message to the people of Uganda and the entire world.

Today in the afternoon, the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda Team led by His Eminence Sheikh Shanan R. Mubaje met with the Management team at Roofings' Rolling Mill in Namanve to have a chat with them.

On 7th October 2019, the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda Council of Presidents led by the Chairperson, His Eminence Sheikh Shaban R. Mubaje issued their Independence Day Massage to the people of Uganda, at their offices in Mengo.

They later launched five Pastoral letters as a way to renew their effort and commitment to support all initiatives undertaken by government of Uganda, development partners and other civil society organisations to end violence against Women and girls.

Other Council of Presidents among which were, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Apostle Dr.Joseph Serwadda, Pr. Daniel Matte and Bishop Joshua Lwere, attended the Press Briefing.

They pledged to work within all religious structures to restore dignity and hope working towards the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

Commitments made by religious leaders on ending HIV/AIDS, Gender-Based Violence, and handling Sexual Reproductive Health

The District Kadhi of Tororo, Sheikh Ibrahim Asante giving his commitment on ending vices in his community during the senior religious leaders' meeting in Mbale on 24th September 2019.

Message from the Bishop of Sebei Diocese on Violence

Bishop of Sebei Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Paul Kiptoo Masaba preaches love for one another as away of ending violence in communities.

On Tuesday 24th September 2019, the HIV/AIDS and Public Health department of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda held a meeting with fifty senior religious leaders from eastern region at Wash and Wills Hotel-Mbale district.

The meeting aimed at re-awakening the role of religious leaders in preventing Gender-Based Violence, HIV/AIDS and handling sexual reproductive Health issues.

According to the UNFPA Uganda 2017 annual report, majority of HiV infections in Uganda (78%) are sexually transmitted or are associated with pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and with sexually transmitted infections that increase the risk of HiV infection. The Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (2016) showed that thirteen percent of women reported experiencing sexual violence in the 12 months preceding the survey.

The Bishop of Sebei Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Paul Kiptoo Masaba graced the meeting and gave the opening remarks. He expressed concern over the political leaders that promote Gender-Based Violence through supporting negative cultural practices in the region. He further condemned organisations that are continuously promoting immorality in the country.

The Bishop preached about love for one another and urged all religious leaders from all denominations, political leaders and the government to work together in ending HIV/AIDS, Gender-Based Violence and promoting responsible pro-creation if the country is to fundamentally develop.

The religious leaders agreed to go back to their respective places and conduct more sensitisation to reduce the increasing vice in the region.

The Parliament of Uganda is holding a joint thanksgiving service in honour of the life of the Rt Hon speaker Rebecca Kadaga. Parliament is also holding prayers for the successful upcoming 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary conference which is due on 22-29th in Kampala. #64CPC2019 .
Religious leaders under the Inter Religious Council of Uganda are leading the thanksgiving ceremony at Parliament.

We thank the Almighty God for the life of Speaker Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga & continue praying for our country to live and stay in Peace and may the upcoming CommonWealth Parliamentary Conference be a success for God & our Country.

IRCU in partnership with World Vision are meeting with religious leaders for 2 days on Ending Violence Against Children (VAC) in Uganda at Golf Course Hotel.

According to a study conducted in 2012 by the Ministry of Education and Sports, 77 percent of the primary school children witnessed Sexual Gender Based Based Violence, 5.9 percent of them were subjected to defilement. The perpetrators were mostly men whereby 67percent were teachers, and 22 percent by women and 6percent by non-teaching staff.

The aim of the meeting with the religious leaders is to track progress made towards the fight against this vice affecting children and also to recommit their faith to action in creating violence free communities in Uganda.

Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa the a Deputy Mufti of Uganda and IRCU board member had this to say.

#WeekInReview
This week, The Uganda National Dialogue caravan was in the districts of Katakwi (Eastern), Gulu (Northern) & Kabarole (Western Uganda) to engage local government leaders about the National Dialogue Process & for a pilot citizens' dialogue in different sub-counties.

The conversations were centered around the eight thematic areas that include; National values, diversity, service delivery, constitutionalism and rule of law, land and natural resources, economy, and implementation modalities.

The grand launch of the National Dialogue is expected to be in October 2019. #NationalDialogueUG.

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The Uganda Youth Interfaith Network (UYIN) a youth arm of IRCU delivered a training on transforming conflict, strengthening self understanding & team building among refugees and host communities in Rwamwanja Refugee settlement area in Kamwenge district, western Uganda under the Building the Bridges Inititative (BBI) project.

The refugees and host communities in Rwamwanja have previously been fond of living in hostility with each pointing fingers to the other for taking up their share.

The 5 days training focused on various disciplines such as leadership, sexuality, team work among others.
The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda and UYIN shall continue working with the refugee and youth communities in Rwamwanja to build peace and co-existence .

#Religions4Peace

On 14th of August 2019 marked day two of the Uganda National Dialogue consultations in Katakwi. The day was spent with the representatives of the residents of Ngariam Sub-County, where the Uganda National Dialogue Coordination Team (UNaDiCoT) sought views from leaders of different ideologies and background on the Uganda We Want.

About 300 participants attended the Citizens dialogue and the category included; the religious leaders, political party leaders, leaders of persons with disabilities, leaders of health and education associations, women leaders, youth leaders, formal and informal business groups, veterans, opinion leaders and the elderly.

The conversations were centred around the eight thematic areas that include; values, diversity, service delivery, constitutionalism and rule of law, land and natural resources, economy, and implementation modalities.

Dr. Thelma Awori headed the delegation and other members were Dr. Kenneth Omona, Dr. Siranda Gerald and Msgr. Charles Kasibante.

#NatinalDialogueUG

Some members of the Uganda National Dialogue Coordination Team (UNaDiCoT) are in Katakwi district for a 3 days consultation meeting on the Uganda We Want and this marks the second phase of the pilot citizens dialogue after Luuka and Buikwe district last week.

Today the 13th August 2019, the UNaDiCoT is meeting with the district leaders of Katakwi to gather their ideas and views on how to shape the Uganda National Dialogue Process.

Over 50 people turned up today for the meeting under different categories among which are; Local government officials, district security officers, youth chairperson, chairperson of women council, LC3 Chairperson, leaders of registered political parties, area members of parliament, the Resident District Commissioner, police commanders, and religious leaders among others.

The Chairperson TEFU, Rtd. Justice James Ogoola was head of the delegation in Katakwi. Other members of the UNaDiCoT included; Dr. Thelma Awori, Dr. Siranda Gerald, Dr. Kenneth Omona, Mr. Joshua Kitakule and Msgr. Charles Kasibante.

This very week, the are two more concurrent district Citizens' Dialogues taking place in Kabarole and Gulu.

#NationalDialogueUG

On 6th August 2019, the Uganda National Dialogue Coordination Team (UNaDiCoT) held a meeting with Luuka district officials at the district offices to conduct the Pilot Citizens' consultations on The Uganda We Want.

The main objective of the meeting was to create more awareness and seek views of the district leaders in regards to the Uganda National Dialogue process

Over 90 participants attended the meeting and these comprised of religious leaders, the chief Administrative officer, the Resident District Coordinator among others.

Bishop Joshua Lwere, a member IRCU Council of Presidents and head of the UNaDiCoT team in Luuka District explained that the Uganda National Dialogue is the best vehicle that should be embraced towards building the Uganda that works for every one.

Other UNaDiCoT members included Hon. Tweheyo James, Mrs. Dorothy Kisaka, Mr. Rajab Lukwago, and Hon. Kateregga Muhammad.

#NationalDialogueUG

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