Sunday, March 12, 2006

Ugandan bishop visits Ky. 'out of love and ... concern'
Sat, Mar. 11, 2006

The Rev. Nathan Kyamanywa, a bishop in the Church of Uganda, oversees 58 parishes in his African nation and two in the United States -- Apostles in Lexington and St. Andrew's in Versailles. His flock numbers more than 455,000, including about 300 in Kentucky.

On his first visit to see his Bluegrass parishioners, Kyamanywa answered questions about tensions within the 77 million-member Anglican communion, which includes the Church of England, the Episcopal Church USA and more than two dozen other national churches.

After the Episcopal Church ordained the Communion's first openly-gay bishop, Lexington native Gene Robinson, many African churches have declared they are in "impaired" or "broken communion" with the 2.2 million-member denomination. Although some predicted Robinson's ordination would boost attendance, the numbers have sharply dropped.
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