The Retiring Namirembe Diocesan Bishop Urges Church to Nurture Faith Beyond Ceremonies, Embrace Social Mission

KAMPALA –The retiring Namirembe Diocesan Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira has challenged the church leadership to go beyond presiding over weddings and baptism functions and help believers grow in faith.

Bishop Luwalira made the call while presiding over the confirmation of 332 children at St Peters Church Kireka where he also bid farewell to parish members.He said the church is the mouth piece for society and should promote mission, both in words and action.Quoting the Book of Colossians 2: -6-7, Bishop Luwalira said Christians should continue to live lives strengthened in faith as they wait for the return of Jesus Christ.

Bishop Luwalira acknowledged that different institutions including the church, homes and places of work are grappling with different challenges, including domestic violence, which the church must solve.

He advised that the church should continue to pray, fellowship, witness and pray with children who were confirmed to guide them as they grow in Christ.

Rt. Rev Luwalira revealed that the Bible Society had initiated Bible weeks to encourage the faithful to read the word of God and also boost the membership of the society to enable it carry out its activities, including printing out more Bibles, especially those for the visually impaired.Bishop Luwalira, who will retire on December 8, urged the believers to give faithful support to him during his journey as a server of God to his successor Moses Banja.

The House of Bishops last week elected Ven Canon Banja as the new bishop of Namirembe Diocese. Banja will be consecrated on December 10.