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ISBN: 9781783681198
Imprint: Langham Academic
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 23
Publication Date: 30/04/2016
Pages: 456
Series: Studies in Theology
Language: English

The Church in the World

A Historical-Ecclesiological Study of the Church of Uganda with Particular Reference to Post-Independence Uganda, 1962-1992


Historically, studies of the church in Africa have tended to focus on church history or church-state relations, but in this publication David Zac Niringiye presents a study of the Church of Uganda focused on its ecclesiology. Niringiye examines several formative periods for the Church of Uganda during concurrent chronological political eras characterized by varying degrees of socio-political turbulence, highlighting how the social context impacted the church’s self-expression. The author’s methodology and insight sets this work apart as an excellent reflection on the Ugandan church and brings scholarly attention to previously ignored topics that hold great value to society, the church, and the academic community globally.

Author Bios

David Zac Niringiye

DAVID ZAC NIRINGIYE holds a PhD in Theology and Mission History from the University of Edinburgh, UK an MA in Theology from Wheaton College, USA as well as a Physics Honours degree and Teaching Diploma from Makerere University, Uganda. He is a leader with national and international acclaim and has experience as a church leader, theologian, peace and social justice activist and an organizational development consultant. Bishop Zac who previously served as Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala, is now engaged in full-time civic-political activism in his native country of Uganda. He is married to Theodora and they have three children.


David Zac Niringiye’s The Church in the World: A Historical-Ecclesiological Study of the Church of Uganda traces the Anglican Church of Uganda from its origins to the 1990s with a focus on its role in the sociopolitical life of post-independent Uganda. In this manuscript, Zac seeks to re-dress this imbalance by developing an ecclesiological analysis of the Church of Uganda. This book well achieves its objectives. I heartily recommend it.

Christopher Byaruhanga
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Greenville College
Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Uganda Christian University

This is a significant book on telling the Christian story. David Zac Niringiye demonstrates how the Anglican Church in Uganda more often reflected the political and social tensions in the country, while also highlighting when its faith in Christ was manifest. The book is essential reading both within and beyond Uganda, as churches in our world continue to wrestle with the nature of Christian faithfulness in the face of political and social turbulence.

Angus Crichton
Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide

For all seriously concerned with African church history, this is essential reading; those concerned to understand more about contemporary world Christianity, and the place of Africa within it, will also gain much from it.

Andrew F. Walls
University of Edinburgh, UK;
Liverpool Hope University, UK
Akrofi-Christaller Institute, Ghana

Niringiye’s focus on four motifs – authenticity, identity, sacrament and mystery – that explicate the corporate faith, ministry, mission and presence of the Church in Uganda’s historical-context, are offered as pillars for constructing an African ecclesiology. . . this book is one of the most significant contributions to the literature on Anglican Christianity in Uganda. A must read!

Alfred Olwa
Dean, Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology, Uganda

Table of Contents

  1. Abstract
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Abbreviations
    1. Chapter 1
      1. Introduction
        1. Ecclesiology in Contemporary African and Ugandan Scholarship
        2. The Church in the World: A Methodology
        3. The Gospel, Christian Faith and Community in the Revival
        4. The Church as a Community
        5. Faith and Narrative
        6. Sources and Research Process
        7. Research Limitations
        8. Thesis Development
        9. The World
        10. The Church
    1. Chapter 2
      1. The Emerging Church in an Emerging Uganda, 1875-c1930
        1. The Birth of the Church in Buganda
        2. In the Kabaka’s Court and Capital
        3. The Nascent Church during Mwanga’s Reign
        4. Religious Rivalry
        5. Growth and Expansion
        6. An Enabling Socio-political Climate
        7. Missionary Participation
        8. Indigenous Participation
        9. Vernacularization
        10. Education and Health Services
        11. The Integration of the Church into Society
        12. Nominalism
        13. The Church and Political Institution-Building
        14. Formal Education
        15. Leadership and Ministry Formation
        16. Church Organization
        17. Reflection
    1. Chapter 3
      1. Schism and Revival in the Church, c1930-c1960
        1. Ekibina kya Katonda Omu Ayinza Byona (The Society of the One Almighty God)
        2. Mengo Gospel Church
        3. East African Revival Movement
        4. The Spreading of the Revival
        5. Opposition to the Revival
        6. Characteristic Features of the Revival
        7. Theology
        8. Incorporation of the Revival into the Church
        9. Mukono Crisis
        10. Revival in the Church in Buganda
        11. Revival in the Church in Western Uganda
        12. Schism in the Revival
        13. The Trumpeters
        14. Okuzukuka (Re-awakening)
        15. Reflection
    1. Chapter 4
      1. The Church in the Emerging Republic, 1960-1971
        1. Battle at Mengo and Its Aftermath
        2. The Church and the Battle of Mengo
        3. Roots of the Battle of Mengo
        4. The “Question of Buganda
        5. The “Question of Buganda” in the Church of Uganda
        6. Erica Sabiti and the Church in Buganda – Namirembe Crisis
        7. Namirembe Diocese and Cathedral
        8. Housing and Land
        9. Constitution Crisis
        10. Resolution of the Namirembe Crisis
        11. Idi Amin: The “Hand of God”?
        12. Reflection
    1. Chapter 5
      1. The Church in the Amin Regime, 1971-1979
        1. The Coup and the Regime
        2. The Rise of the Military and Idi Amin
        3. The Rise of Idi Amin
        4. The Church and the Military
        5. The “Establishment” of Islam
        6. The Church in the Regime
        7. The Church in Lango
        8. Archbishop Luwum and the Regime
        9. Death of Archbishop Luwum
        10. Silvanus Wani, Successor to Janani Luwum
        11. Reflection
    1. Chapter 6
      1. The Church in the Obote II Regime, 1981-1985
        1. The “Bandits” War in the Luwero Triangle
        2. Roots of the War
        3. The Impact of the War
        4. The “Skulls of Luwero
        5. “Desecration” of Ecclesial Centres
        6. The Church and the “Bandit” War
        7. Yona Okoth, an Obote-UPC Archbishop
        8. The “Displaced” Church in Luwero
        9. Catechists in Luwero
        10. Worship and Sacrament during the War
        11. Namirembe-Lango “Reconciliation
        12. Reflection
    1. Chapter 7
      1. The Church in the Museveni-NRA/M Regime, 1986-1992
        1. Archbishop Yona Okoth: A Rebel
        2. A Divided House of Bishops
        3. The Church and Social Concern
        4. Cattle Rustling, Rebellion and War in Teso
        5. War in Teso
        6. The “Skulls of Teso”
        7. A “Rebel” Church in Teso
        8. Ministry in Turbulent Teso
        9. The Church as a Peacemaker
        10. Bishop Gershom Ilukor: A “Rebel” and Peacemaker
        11. Reflection
    1. Chapter 8
      1. The Church on the World: Towards an Ecclesiology
        1. The Changing Image of the Church
        2. The Church in the Pre-Independence Period
        3. The Church in the Post-Independence Period
        4. The Church in the World: An Ecclesiology
        5. An Indigenous Church
        6. An Indigenous Faith
        7. “Testimony,” an Ecclesiological Paradigm
        8. The Ecclesiology of the Church of Uganda
        9. Conclusion
    1. Chapter 9
      1. Continuing the Story: The Church in the Museveni-NRA/M Regime,1993 to the Present
        1. Continuing Turbulence under Museveni-NRA/M regime, 1993 to-date (2015)
        2. Continuing the Story of the Church of Uganda in the Museveni regime, 1992 to the present
        3. Conclusion
  4. Appendix A
    1. Chronology of the Creation of Diocese, 1960-1992
      1. Diocese as at December 1992
  5. Appendix B
    1. Sample Questions Used in Oral Interviews
      1. Personal Information
      2. Personal Christian History
      3. Turbulent Periods and Areas
      4. Personal involvement
      5. General
  6. Bibliography
    1. Oral Sources
    2. Archival Sources
    3. Newspapers
    4. Official Publications
    5. Unpublished Works
    6. Articles in Books and Journals
    7. Books
    8. Online Sources

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