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Monday, October 21, 2013

Tracing the Roots of the Greek Orthodox Church in Uganda


In the dusty neighborhoods of Namungoona on the outskirts of  Kampala, stands St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral. The  57-year-old house of worship is the Metropolia (main church) of  the Orthodox faith in Uganda. This sanctuary which also  accommodates a hospital and a school has transformed the  hilly village drawing admiration from residents.

The 2002 Uganda National Bureau of Statistics report lists  Orthodox Christians as a mainstream religious group. The sect  commands a one percent following of the 24 million population  interviewed at the time.

Theodore Kato, the church’s Secretary General estimates the  faithful to be 1.4 million. He also says the church has common  traits with other Christian sects like the belief that God revealed  himself through Jesus Christ, the incarnation of Christ, his  crucifixion and resurrection - only differing in lifestyle, worship  and aspects of spirituality.

The word “Orthodox” is derived from the Greek words orthos  (right) and doxa (belief). Hence Orthodox literally means correct  belief or right thinking.

In Uganda, the faith is marking 81 years of existence and its  foundation is commemoratively attributed to the relentless  efforts of Bishop Christophoros Reuben Spartas Mukasa  Ssebanja, a former Anglican faithful. 



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