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Of UCU (September 25) Sunday

By Irene Best Nyapendi
It is that time of the year, again, when representatives of Uganda Christian University (UCU), take time off to spread the gospel about the institution. Named the UCU Sunday, the day, celebrated every last Sunday of September, was set aside by the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda, for the province to hold prayers for the church-founded institution.

In addition to the prayers, the UCU Sunday, which will be celebrated on Sunday, September 25, is intended to mobilize support and resources for various activities at UCU, as well as create awareness about developments at the institution. 

Speaking about the objective of this year’s UCU Sunday, UCU Chaplain, the Rev. Canon Eng. Paul Wasswa Ssembiro, said it is three-fold. 

Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu
Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu

“Our main objective this year is to pray for the institution, support clergy students through scholarship and also construct the Ordinands Apartment,” Ssembiro said. 

UCU is currently working with the 37 dioceses, alumni, the university’s guild government and students in preparation for the day. UCU Sunday first took place in 2017.

The Ordinands Apartments is intended to accommodate clergy students at the university. The apartment is expected to house more than 50 ordinands. An ordinand is a person training to be a priest or a church minister. Richard Mulindwa, the Church Relations Manager at UCU, noted that theology students require a calm environment to focus on God. 

“At the moment, the students are residing in the same halls of residence with other students, which is not ideal for their concentration,” Mulindwa said. 

UCU Council Chairperson on UCU Sunday

While preaching at a virtual UCU Sunday service last year, UCU Vice Chancellor Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi explained the reason for the Ordinands Apartments. He said some of the ordinands are married and would wish that their spouses could visit them during weekends. However, that is not possible since they reside with other students. 

Last year’s service, which was virtual due to a ban on gatherings to limit the spread of the coronavirus, was celebrated at Namirembe Cathedral in Kampala. That ban on physical gatherings in church has since been lifted due to the waning number of Covid-19 infections globally. 

Recently, Prof. Mushengyezi said UGX 400m (about $113,000) had already been secured for the apartment project that is estimated to cost UGX 8.5b (over $2.2m).

The UCU Chancellor, Archbishop Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu, appealed to Christians to take part in the UCU Sunday. He called upon the flock to support the project under the theme “Arise, let us build the walls” (Nehemiah 2:18). Kaziimba also emphasized that ordinands need a supportive environment while pursuing their dreams of being professional evangelists. 

Collections for the past UCU Sunday events have been used to implement a number of projects at the institution. For instance, the UGX 300 million that was collected for the UCU Sunday of 2018 was invested in building the UCU School of Medicine at Mengo in Kampala. Unlike public universities that get financial support from the central government, private universities in Uganda, in which category UCU falls, are run on tuition fees paid by students. 

American donations can be made through the Uganda Partners Web site donation button at https://www.ugandapartners.org/donate/. Put “UCU Sunday” in the comment box.  

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Archbishop Kaziimba begins second pastoral visit to UCU: Pictorial

UCU – MUKONO: The Archbishop of Church of Uganda and Chancellor of Uganda Christian University (UCU), The Most Rev Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu has today afternoon began his second official Pastoral visit to the University at the Main Campus in Mukono.

His visit came on the same day he concluded his two-day official pastoral visit in Mukono Diocese.

On arrival at UCU, the Archbishop was received by Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi the Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Assoc. Prof. John Kitayimbwa the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Rev. Canon Eng. Paul Wasswa Ssembiro, the University Chaplain and Rev. Richard Mulindwa, the University’s Church Relations Coordinator.

Archbishop Kaziimba cathing up with Rev. Canon. Lusania, at the latter’s home in Mukono. Photo/ Sadiiki Adams.

He then paid a courtesy visit to Rev Canon Lusania Kasamba in his home, a few meters from the University. He was accompanied by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the University Chaplain, and the University’s Church Relations Coordinator.

“I am very grateful to the Lord for keeping him safe and sound. Rev. Canon Lusania Kasamba is a great resource to many people, especially us, that he taught. He taught me Church History and still has a huge sense of humour,” Archbishop Kaziimba said.

“My visit to him is to pray with him and appreciate his contribution to God’s ministry. There is no satisfactory price we can pay for the knowledge he gave us. Like Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:58, Canon Kasamba’s labour is not in vain. He was and remains a blessing to us.”

Archbishop Kaziimba and Prof. Ankrah Maxine caught up during his courtesy visit to her residence on Besania Hill, Mukono. Photo/ Sadiiki Adams.

He later paid a courtesy visit to Prof Maxine Ankrah at her home on Besania Hill also in the vicinity of the University.

Archbishop Kaziimba commended the partnership that the University has with her family foundation – Ankrah Foundation and said he looks forward to stronger and more fruitful partnerships. He said many people will be blessed by the collaborations.

The Archbishop then had a meeting with the Dean and Staff of Bishop Tucker School of Theology whom he commended for their selfless service and dedicated service to teaching students undergoing ministerial training and formation.

Archbishop then had a meeting with the Dean, Prof. Christopher Byaruhanga (L-1 of Archbishop Kaziimba), and the Staff of Bishop Tucker School of Theology pose with the Archbishop after their meeting.

He later addressed Theology Students and charged them to be mindful of their calling. He commended the team at UCU for taking care of them and the Bishops who sent them. He appreciated the remarks by Rev Canon Prof. Christopher Byaruhanga who praised the students of theology for their outstanding discipline compared to students of other disciplines.

The Vice-Chancellor, Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi and his wife, Mrs. Patience Mushengyezi hosted the Archbishop and senior staff for dinner in their official residence.

The following day, Archbishop met with the Students’ Guild, International Students and then attended the Community Worship Service before meeting the Academic and Administrative Heads and the Vice Chancellor’s Cabinet.

Guild leaders pose with the Archbishop in front of the Bishop Tucker Building, after their meeting with him. Photo/ Jimmy Siyasa.
Archbishop Kaziimba listens to a report presented by Lynn Tanyaradzwa Mupfudzapake, President of International students. Photo/ Jimmy Siyasa.

On Wednesday, he will visit the Kampala Campus where he will have a meeting with the School of Dentistry, School of Medicine staff and students, the students’ Guild and also attend the Community Worship Service before touring the Academic Block under construction at Kampala Campus. [ Details to come]

UCU Sunday collections to finance building of ordinands’ apartments

By Dalton Mujuni
There has been a silent challenge among a unique section of Uganda Christian University (UCU) students. And, perhaps, if the university management had not mentioned it, not many people would have known.

While preaching during a service on September 26, 2021, UCU Vice Chancellor Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi said some of the ordinands (person training to be part of clergy) who are at the institution are married and would wish that their spouses could visit them during weekends. However, that is not possible since they reside with other students. 

At the virtual service celebrated at Namirembe Cathedral in Kampala to mark UCU Sunday, Mushengyezi mentioned a solution. The university intends to set up an apartment section for the ordinands and the clergy who will be resident students at the institution. 

In fact, Mushengyezi said sh400m (about $113,000) had already been secured for the project that is estimated to cost sh1.5b (about $424,000). 

In 2017, the Church of Uganda designated the last Sunday of September as a UCU Sunday in its province. Every Anglican church is expected to make financial collections on the UCU Sunday, to help in the running of the Church-founded institution.

Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi delivers sermon during the UCU Sunday service at Namirembe.
Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi delivers sermon during the UCU Sunday service at Namirembe.

According to the Church, on this Sunday, “each and every congregation in the whole province will receive a representative of Uganda Christian University who will be given time to speak about the university. Congregations will be given time and opportunity for prayer and financial support to the university.”

Mushengyezi noted that the ordinands need a supportive environment while transitioning into professional evangelists. 

Premising his call to the church to support the project on Nehemiah’s story of building the walls of Jerusalem, under the theme, “Arise, let us build the walls,” (Nehemiah: 2:18) the Vice Chancellor challenged Christians to contribute anything they can, to build on the foundation of Christ Jesus.  Collections during this year’s UCU Sunday will go towards Mushengyezi’s call.

The apartment complex is expected to house over 50 student clergy and ordinands. 

At the same event, the Vice Chancellor pledged to improve the university’s relationship with the Church. He said the university intends to hand over a van to the Church relations office to enable its staff to reach out to churches located upcountry. 

The Rev. Capt. Can. Titus Barrack, while leading the virtual service, shared his memory of university life at UCU, characterized by “inconvenience,” saying he and others studying to be priests often listened to worldly music within their places of residence. He implored the audience to rally behind the cause.

The 2020 UCU Sunday was greatly hampered by the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on churches in Uganda. The implication of churches operating virtually meant that the church collections reduced significantly, hence little to no return to UCU. However, in 2018, UCU collections amounting to sh300m were injected into building the infrastructure at the UCU School of Medicine in Mengo, Kampala. 

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