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    Ugandan Church Criticized for “Lack of Diversity”

    “These Anglican churches in East Africa have been heavily attacking us for years now.” Said the Rev. Elizabeth Gunn-Hughes, of St. Paul Episcopal Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Mr. Twinomundjuni has been one of those leading critics, but as the old saying goes, ‘People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.’”

    The criticism is centered around the fact that there is ‘virtually no racial diversity’ in Rev. Twinomundjuni’s diocese.

    “If one examines the Mbale diocese, one finds virtually no persons of other races than black African in the parishes.” Said Gunn-Hughes. “I think this is just appalling. They can criticize us all they want, but they’re allowed to go merrily along with what they do, ignoring the minorities in their communities.”

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    While the Episcopal Church in the United States has come under fire in recent years from Anglican Churches in Africa because of "theological liberalism," the Episcopal Church fired their own accusations back today citing "lack of racial diversity" among African Anglican Churches. One diocese in particular, that of the Mbale region in Uganda, under the direction of bishop Matthias Twinomundjuni, has become the particular target of the criticism...


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    1. bishopdave on Fri, April 06, 2007

      Take a deep breath, it’s Friday. Right? This is a Friday post, right Todd? See, cause it’s really possible someone would actually say this. Say it’s Friday, please Todd.

    2. DanielR (a different Daniel) on Fri, April 06, 2007

      I’m aggravated with what’s going on between the African Anglican churches and the U.S. Episcopal church, but this is ridiculous.  The Reverand’s response was “The only reason we have almost no peoples of other races in our churches is because there are almost no peoples of other races who live in the Mbale region. It is very difficult to get people to come if they don’t live in the region.”

      Makes sense to me.

      And, sadly, no this was not a Friday parody post.

    3. Tyler on Fri, April 06, 2007

      Wouldn’t you think that someone would think for about two seconds before making a statement like that?  You wouldn’t even have to do any research and common sense would tell you that there probably isn’t a lot of ethnic diversity in that whole community.  I’ve said some stupid things in my life, but nothing that made me sound that clueless.  Guess what, our church is almost completely comprised of middle class white families, and not b/c we don’t like anybody else.  It just so happens that that is who lives in our community.  Ever heard of that comedian who’s catch phrase is “There’s your sign”?  There’s her sign.

    4. Stewart on Fri, April 06, 2007

      I liked one of the ‘comments’ from the original story. The suggestion was they could do church busing from Asia or Europe. Here’s another suggestion, how about using Skype. They could video a few non-Africans in via the Internet to diversify things.

    5. bishopdave on Mon, April 09, 2007

      Sooooo…was this real or not?

    6. Todd Rhoades on Mon, April 09, 2007

      Yes… this was satire… a pure ‘Friday’ story.


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