Jubilation greets installation of first bishop in Uganda

Oct 7, 2019 by and

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MUKONO, Uganda — Mennonite Church Uganda consecrated Okoth Simon Onyango as its first bishop Aug. 11.

Mennonite World Conference vice president Rebecca Osiro, left, and Kenya Mennonite Church bishop Dominic Opondo and bishop Sungura Garant of Canada, right, lay hands on Okoth Simon Onyango and his wife, Alice Onyango, at an Aug. 11 worship service in Mukono, Uganda, making Onyango Uganda Mennonite Church’s first bishop. Francis Ojwang of Kenya, second from left, and MWC President Henk Stenvers of the Netherlands look on. — Mennonite Church Uganda

Mennonite World Conference vice president Rebecca Osiro, left, and Kenya Mennonite Church bishop Dominic Opondo and bishop Sungura Garant of Canada, right, lay hands on Okoth Simon Onyango and his wife, Alice Onyango, at an Aug. 11 worship service in Mukono, Uganda, making Onyango Uganda Mennonite Church’s first bishop. Francis Ojwang of Kenya, second from left, and MWC President-elect Henk Stenvers of the Netherlands look on. — Mennonite Church Uganda

Onyango was already the body’s national coordinator, but the young church was still relying on permission and support from groups outside Uganda such as Kenya Mennonite Church to ordain pastors and deacons.

“This event was led by Bishop Sungura Garant and assisted by Bishop Dominic Opondo of Kenya,” wrote Onyango by email. “There was jubilation and ululation in the air as this was realized.”

Kenya Mennonite Church sent John Otieno, its first international missionary, to southwestern Uganda in 2004. By 2006, four congregations were established, and a national conference was formed.

With Onyango’s consecration, Mennonite Church Uganda essentially gains administrative independence.

In addition to delegates from all 18 congregations in Uganda, representatives from Kenya Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church Burundi also attended, along with Bishop Sungura of Mennonite Discipleship Mission in Canada and Mennonite World Conference President Henk Stenvers of the Netherlands.

The service took place during Mennonite Church Uganda’s national conference Aug. 8-11 in Mukono, a growing community on the outskirts of the capital of Kampala, where the church is building up its headquarters.


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