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Anglican Church Leaders Move to Review Theological Education

Anglican Church leaders under the Global Anglican Future Conference GAFCON are meeting in Uganda to explore ways of strengthening theological education as the church continues to face challenges.

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Anglican Church leaders under the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) are meeting in Uganda to explore ways of strengthening theological education as the church continues to face challenges.

 

The meeting codenamed GAFCON Theological Education Consultation Conference is taking place at Uganda Christian University in Mukono. GAFCON spokesperson, Dr Peter Jensen, the retired archbishop of Sydney in Australia, says the conference is aimed at improving theological education in a world where the church is expanding at a high rate.

 

Emphasizing the need for Anglicans to live lives according to the truth presented in the bible, Archbishop Jensen told URN that the movement was focusing on theological education because it is needed, especially with the expansion of the church in the global South.

 

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Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of the Church of Uganda opened the two-day conference today.

 

Among the things that will be discussed at the conference include selective recruitment of students into theological education. According to Archbishop Jensen, people who are gifted and of the right character should be selected members.

 

The other issues that will be discussed include, what needs to be studied at a theological college and how to create the best theological education syllabus for those intending on ministering God's word.

 

In addition to this, the conference will be discussing how GAFCON as a movement can to help in the advancement and expansion of theological education in Africa and the world.

 

GAFCON movement was formed in 2008 in Jerusalem, after more than one thousand members of the Anglican Church broke away from the Lambeth Conference citing moral compromise, doctrinal error and the collapse of biblical teachings in parts of the Anglican Communion. At the centre of the disagreement was the consecration in 2003 of Reverend Gene Robinson, an openly gay priest in the USA as bishop of New Hampshire Diocese.

 

Henry Luke Orombi, who was then Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, was instrumental in the formation of GAFCON.

 

The GAFCON Theological Education Consultation Conference is being attended by Archbishops, bishops and principals of Theological Education Institutions from countries around the world including USA, Australia, United Kingdom, Kenya, Uganda, DRC, South Africa, Tanzania, Malaysia, Nigeria and Rwanda.

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