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It comes at the backdrop of divisions between conservatives and liberals in the worldwide Communion over the issue of homosexuality. Groups such as the Scottish Episcopal Church and the US Episcopal Church have endorsed same-sex marriages and admitted gay clergy.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali.

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Ugandan Bishops have resolved to boycott the 2020 Lambeth Conference, in protest of the endorsement of same-sex marriages and the admission of gay clergy by Canterbury, the seat of Anglican Church worldwide.

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda The Most Rev Stanley Ntagali revealed the decision during the 3rd international gathering of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), now taking place in Jerusalem, Israel.

He said that the Ugandan House of Bishops has resolved to boycott the Lambeth Conference because the Anglican Communion hasn't shown strong leadership on the issue of homosexuality.

"We resolved as a House of Bishops that we will not attend Lambeth 2020. Unless The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada are not invited and the Province of Brazil is not recognized as the 41st Province in the Anglican Communion,” Ntagali said.

He added “We will not attend any meetings called by the Archbishop of Canterbury. We will obey Christ, the Bible and the apostolic faith. There will be no apology and we remain uncompromising."

The pronouncement is a blow to attempts by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to unite the Anglican Communion ahead of 2020's Lambeth Conference, in London. The decennial conference brings together bishops from across the world.

It comes at the backdrop of divisions between conservatives and liberals in the worldwide Communion over the issue of homosexuality. Groups such as the Scottish Episcopal Church and the US Episcopal Church have endorsed same-sex marriages and admitted gay clergy.

But members of the GAFCON movement, a group of conservative Anglicans, maintain that such church groups are moving away from what the Bible teaches.

"Unless the godly order is restored within the Anglican Communion, we shall not attend other meetings invited by Canterbury," Ntagali told a crowd of more than 2000 people.

He also the position was not to change unless the Anglican Communion caters for the needs of conservative Anglicans who feel they can no longer serve in the current Anglican structures.

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The Archbishop's comments were met with a standing ovation.

Lambeth Conference 2020 will take place from July 24 to August 3 at the University of Kent in Canterbury. The meeting, to be attended by more than 900 Bishops and their spouses, will be held under the theme, “God's Church for God's World: walking, listening and witnessing together”.

Former Ugandan Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi refused to attend, the last conference held in 2008 accusing the Archbishop of Canterbury of betrayal. In his statement, Orombi said; “Those who violate biblical teaching must show repentance and regret before we can share communion with them."

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