Bishop Viv provides clarity on the future of diocesan links to Church of Uganda

First published 20th July 2023

The Bishop of Bristol has expressed alarm over Ugandan President Museveni’s recent signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, and the Church of Uganda’s support for the new law.  


Bishops comment on recent legislation passed by the Ugandan Parliament

First published 24th March 2023

The Bishops of Bristol and Swindon expressed shock and deep concern on hearing of legislation passed by the Ugandan Parliament introducing capital and life imprisonment sentences for homosexual acts.

Revd Janet Lee appointed as new link coordinator for the Bristol West Deanery

First published 22nd August 2022

Having grown up in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and been involved with the Bristol Uganda link for several years, Revd Janet Lee has recently been appointed as the new link coordinator for the Bristol West Deanery.

Ali Rowe reflects on her old and new role with the Bristol Uganda link

First published 11th August 2022

Ali Rowe has been involved with the Diocese of Bristol link with Uganda for over 10 years. After acting as the link coordinator for the Bristol West Deanery for several years, she is now leaving the role to become the link coordinator for the Kingswood and South Gloucestershire Deanery.

Bristol Diocese provides emergency relief to Ugandan clergy and their families

First published 21st July 2021

Anglican clergy across Uganda are facing food shortages as a result of ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns

Uganda 2020 Appeal raises over £30,000

First published 18th January 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Bishop's Christmas Appeal for Uganda in 2020 raised £33,326 for the Archbishop of Uganda's Emergency Fund.

Uganda 2020 Appeal

First published 6th October 2020

The Bishops are appealing for help to support clergy families in Uganda 2020 with food and vital supplies this Christmas.

Ugandan Bishops discuss Climate Crisis

First published 16th October 2019

As part of their recent visit to the Diocese, two Ugandan Bishops joined a timely conversation on the climate crisis at Cotham Parish Church.

Bristol Uganda link marks 50 years of friendship with celebration

First published 15th August 2019

This year is the 50th anniversary of the link between the Church of Uganda and the Diocese of Bristol.

80 mile bike ride to raise funds for Youth Trip to Uganda

First published 24th April 2018

A group of 14 young people and youth leaders will be cycling from Avonmouth to Swindon over the May Bank Holiday to raise money towards a trip to Uganda this July.

Youth trip to Uganda

First published 14th February 2018

A group of 15 young people and youth leaders from across the Diocese of Bristol are travelling to Uganda this July in order to meet and work with other young people in Uganda.

Connecting with God through the Lens

First published 26th October 2017

Encountering God through the Lens - an accompanied photographic pilgrimage to Uganda 25 January to 5 February 2018Led by Walter Dirks and Chris Dobson, this trip is an opportunity to develop your photographic skills as part of a spiritual j

Consecration of the new Bishop of West Ankole

First published 23rd May 2017

This Sunday (28 May) Bishop Mike Hill, with his wife Anthea, alongside Archdeacon Christine Froude will be attending the consecration of the new Bishop of West Ankole.

Kampala and Luwero, a tale of two contrasting cities.

First published 29th March 2017

The Adventures of the Magnificent Seven.

City Deanery visit to Uganda, May 2017

First published 8th December 2016

Would you like a chance to visit the Dioceses of Central and West Buganda, to makenew friends, experience a different pace and style of life, discover vibrant worship and a warm welcome, explore the beauties of the natural world and meet God afresh?

Latest newsletter from Richard Rukundo

First published 7th December 2016

The Diocese of Bristol has been delighted to welcome the Provincial Children's Worker, Richard Rukundo, who visited the diocese earlier this year in partnership with the Church Mission Society.

The joys of hospitality and a little miracle

First published 7th December 2016

Rev Jennifer Luwum from Kitgum with the Rev Charles Okello from Northern Uganda in the background.

Sharing the Word of the Lord

First published 10th November 2016

Bristol South Deanery are providing bibles for Confirmation candidates in Ugandan Confirmation Candidates hold their bibles in the air to show to the bishop.

Area Dean reflects on a recent visit to Uganda

First published 21st October 2016

Rod Symmons, Area Dean of the City Deanery in Bristol, recently visited Uganda to attend the consecration of the new Bishop of West Buganda, Henry Katumba-Tamale.

Creating connections in Uganda

First published 30th March 2016

Bishop Mike Hill has made a number of visits to Uganda over the last 12 months aimed at strengthening our connections with our link dioceses and the province.

Learning to be human

First published 29th March 2016

Diane Simms visited the Diocese of Central Uganda in 2015 as part of the City Deanery Uganda Link.

All these things will be given to you

First published 29th March 2016

Rev Tina Goede, the German Lutheran Minister in charge of St Annes, Eastville visited Uganda in 2015 with the City Deanery.

Easter update on the Children's Ministry in the Church of Uganda

First published 1st April 2015

Richard Rukundo, Provincial Children's Worker from the Church of Uganda, visited Bristol in 2014.

Bringing in the bacon

First published 3rd March 2015

Retired priest, John Ware, recounts how a link visit in 1985 was the start of a 30 year friendship with a final twist in the tail.

Youth ministry in Uganda

First published 4th February 2015

Diane Paddon, a youth worker from Christ Church Downend, reports on her recent trip to Uganda where she got first hand experience of youth ministry in action.

Supporting church leaders in Uganda

First published 3rd February 2015

Bishop Mike led a small team from the Diocese of Bristol to deliver a four-day conference on Christian leadership for delegates from the Church of Uganda in January 2015.

Letter from Uganda

First published 19th December 2014

Richard Rukundo with Dan Jones, Bristol Diocesan Youth Adviser, in the Bristol Diocesan office in 2014.

City Deanery Pilgrimage to Uganda

First published 11th December 2014

Bristol City Deanery are organising an exciting visit to our Link Partners in the two dioceses of West and Central Buganda.

Ugandan visit strengthens Swindon link

First published 15th October 2014

Read the latest news of the Luwero Diocesan team in Swindon.

Canon Mary gets Woman Achiever Award

First published 20th May 2014

Uganda's New Vision newspaper recently ran an article about Edidah Mary Mujinya one of our long term friends through the Uganda Link.

New ways of thinking about partnership

First published 9th May 2014

Brian Mulinzi is visiting Bristol in June 2014.

New Horizons

First published 9th May 2014

A team of 12 people from St John's, Haydon Wick visited Uganda in 2013. This is their story.

Access to water changing lives

First published 9th May 2014

In 2013, six visitors from North Wiltshire Deanery spent time with the Kigezi Diocese Water & Sanitation Programme in Kabale.

Theological College reborn

First published 8th May 2014

The Janani Luwum Theological College was the brainchild of the well known Archbishop of Uganda and was once a centre for theological education in Northern Uganda.

Signposts to God in Uganda

First published 8th May 2014

"God seems to be everywhere you look, we saw signs in every town and on every street that revealed a vibrant and all pervasive faith," says Astrid Domingo Molyneux, "it was a truly uplifting experience".

Diocese represented at Consecration in Kigezi

First published 8th April 2014

Rev Shirley Danby (North Wiltshire Deanery chair) visited Kigezi Diocese in January 2014, where she represented Bishop Mike Hill and the Diocese of Bristol at the consecration and enthronement of Rev Canon George Bagamuhunda as 5th Bishop of Kigezi.

Church of Uganda and the Church of England

First published 6th March 2014

Following the publication of an article in the Daily Monitor on the 3rd March, 2014 suggesting that the Church of Uganda was breaking away from the Church of England Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has reassured Bishop Mike Hill that the rumours are entirely unfounded.

News from Northern Uganda

First published 14th February 2014

The Diocese of Northern Uganda has published an excellent newsletter full of information about their work and partnerships.

Shirley Danby attends Consecration in Kabale

First published 8th January 2014

Rev Shirley Danby, chair of the North Wiltshire Uganda link committee, will be traveling out to Kabale on the 15th January 2014 to represent Bishop Mike Hill and Bristol Diocese at the consecration of Rev George Bagamuhunda the new bishop of Kigezi.

Sharing the Good News

First published 25th November 2013

Seventeen people traveled to Northern Uganda in October 2013 to learn from our link partners and to review the way our link operates.

Uganda in Verse

First published 2nd November 2013

17 people travelled to Uganda with a group from Bristol West Deanery in October 2013.

Ugandan Dean visits City Deanery

First published 2nd October 2013

The Very Reverend Kezlon Semanda, the Dean of St John's Cathedral, Kasaka, Central Buganda is in the Diocese of Bristol for the first week of October, 2013.

Lift for Hope Challenge raises £1500

First published 13th September 2013

Bristol Diocesan  Strategy and Mission Officer and member of Emmanuel Church, Ashley Down, Janey Hiller, took part in a solo strength challenge in support of Rock of Ages a project in Uganda assisting orphans and widows in Kampala.

Update from Bristol West Deanery Link

First published 27th August 2013

Latest news from Janani Luwum CollegeEvery December we send a financial gift to Janani Luwum College, St. Philips Gulu and the Diocese of Northern Uganda and we are delighted to hear that it is being well spent.

New Bishop's Consecration announced

First published 27th August 2013

The Diocese of Kigezi Electoral College and House of Bishops, through the normal and official procedure, have elected Rev. Canon George Bagamuhunda to be the next Bishop.

North Wiltshire Deanery visits the Kigezi Diocese Water Programme

First published 16th August 2013

Kigezi Diocese Water and Sanitation Programme (KDWSP) is a Faith BasedMixing cement (mainly the women!).

Letter from Kigezi

First published 10th August 2013

Following a recent trip to Uganda Shirley Danby received good news from Kigezi Diocese.

Michelle Martin Interview

First published 9th August 2013

Bristol Ordinand, Michelle Martin, recently spent 5 weeks in Mbale Diocese in Uganda.She was privileged to be able to do one of her long church placements with the Archdeacon of Mbale Cathedral as part of her training.

Special Ugandan Service in Bitton

First published 8th August 2013

Each month at St Marys Bitton we have a Fourth Sunday Special. In July we decided to have Morning Worship Uganda Style.

North Wilts team visit Kigezi Diocese

First published 6th August 2013

What an amazing time we all had!

Learning together in Uganda

First published 30th July 2013

A group of young people from Christ Church, Downend and Holy Trinity, Bradley Stoke are currently in Uganda on a visit to one of our link dioceses, Ankole.

Seven Days, Seven Ascents!

First published 30th July 2013

Jeanette Plumb our diocesan Safeguarding officer writes:If anyone hasnt got sponsorship overload & would like to donate to one of the Uganda projects supported by the Diocese.

Community and church development in Uganda

First published 30th July 2013

Later this year Andrew Doarks and a small team from Bristol South Deanery will be visiting Mbale and North Mbale.

When aid works and why - link to an article by our new Archbishop

First published 11th June 2013

In April 2013 Archbishop Justin Welby wrote an interesting reflection on Aid .

North Wiltshire Team visiting Kigezi Diocese

First published 4th June 2013

On Tuesday 4th June 6 members of North Wiltshire Deanery depart for Uganda for a two week visit to the Diocese of Kigezi.

Floods in South Rwenzori

First published 15th May 2013

Please pray for the Diocese of South Rwenzori.

New Agricultural Project in Northern Uganda

First published 13th May 2013

Bristol Diocese has links with three diocese in North West Uganda through the Bristol West Deanery.

New book from the Archbishop of Uganda

First published 13th May 2013

More than one wife.

Over 120 clergy and lay leaders attend Leadership Conferences in Uganda

First published 1st February 2013

A team from Bristol Diocese visited Uganda in January 2013 to lead two conferences reflecting on Christian leadership.

Working together

First published 13th November 2012

The Bristol-Uganda link is committed to working where possible with other partners to maximize the effectiveness of our links.

Church of Uganda welcomes new Archbishop

First published 12th November 2012

8th November 2012. Rev. Canon George Bagamuhunda, the Provincial Secretary for the Church of Uganda, has issued the following statement in response to the appointment of the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury.

Museveni's Prayer

First published 19th October 2012

I wonder how people in the UK would react if David Cameron were to pray a public prayer like this one that President Yoweri Museveni prayed in Namboole as part of the celebrations for 50 years of independence?

Further news from Caroline and Sarah in Gulu

First published 11th October 2012

A brief update on our adventures in Uganda...Caroline Yandell and Sarah Thomas are spending 3 weeks in Uganda as part of our Diocesan link.

Latest news from Caroline and Sarah

First published 3rd October 2012

Caroline Yandell and Sarah Thomas from St Peter's Church, Henleaze are currently spending three weeks in Uganda dividing their time between Mukono and Gulu, half way through their trip they give a brief update.

Climate Change - an alternative view!

First published 17th September 2012

Paul Kerensa, resident comedian with Operation Noah, gives a different take on Climate Change... it makes you think!

Doctor and Lawyer visit Uganda

First published 17th September 2012

Caroline Yandell and Sarah Thomas from Bristol West Deanery are spending three weeks in Uganda building relationships and sharing learning from the 20th September 2012.

Christian Aid Tax Bus visits College Green

First published 6th September 2012

On Monday 3rd September the Christian Aid Tax Bus stopped off in Bristol.

Visit to the Diocese of Northern Uganda Gulu

First published 4th September 2012

Keren Lewis visited Gulu in June 2012 as part of the Bristol West Uganda link, she writes: I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit the Diocese of Northern Uganda for 3 days this June.

Golden moment for Uganda

First published 13th August 2012

Bristol Uganda Link congratulates Stephen Kiprotich on his outstanding achievement in gaining a Gold medal in the 2012 London Olympic Marathon.

Young people returning from Uganda with renewed faith

First published 27th July 2012

July 2012 and a group of 13 young people and leaders from St Michael, Stoke Gifford travelled to Mbarara in Uganda as part of the Bristol Uganda Diocesan link.

New Church of Uganda University in West Ankole

First published 24th July 2012

Plans for a new university which specialises in providing agricultural training are well underway under the leadership of Bishop Yona Katoneene.

Helping young people learn about business and the world

First published 23rd July 2012

Here's a great idea to help young people learn some business skills, support emerging business in the developing world and raise some money for local projects.

Arms Trade Treaty offers hope for a better future in Northern Uganda

First published 19th July 2012

International leaders are currently meeting in New York to try to agree a treaty to regulate the international flow of arms. Rev Willy Akena from Northern Uganda writes movingly of the suffering endured by his people.

Ugandan visitors light up Bristol West Deanery

First published 16th July 2012

Bristol West Deanery hosted Bishop Johnson Gakumba and two other visitors from the Diocese of Northern Uganda for 18 days in May 2012.

New Micro-Finance initiative in Kitgum

First published 16th July 2012

Five Talentsrecently started a new micro-finance project in Kitgum, North Uganda. Kitgum has been linked to Bristol West Deanery for many years and we have helped to support them through some of the traumas associated with the LRA.

Groups from Bristol visiting Uganda

First published 13th July 2012

Jimmy Rocks, Curate at St Michael's Stoke Gifford, is currently leading a team of young people in Ankole Diocese. They are travelling across the diocese and sharing faith and life in different secondary schools.

Alex Gregory, a year 11 Student from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School reflects on valuable lesson

First published 27th April 2012

Reflection by Alex Gregory, Year 11, who, along with Georgia Cooke, visited Ikoba February 2012.

Bristol Woman to spend 2 years in Mbarara

First published 26th March 2012

Louise Talbot who left the UK for Uganda in March 2012 grew up in Bristol and attended St Alban's, Westbury Park with her parents.

Church of Uganda Responds to Kony 2012 Campaign

First published 21st March 2012

Joseph Kony and the LRA left Uganda in 2006 at the beginning of the Juba peace talks and havent been in Uganda for more than five years. Since then, the people of Northern Uganda have been returning to their homes.

Anglican Communion News releases article on Kony Video

First published 16th March 2012

A film detailing atrocities committed by the Northern Uganda rebel leader Joseph Kony has become an Internet sensation, but faith leaders in the region said they fear the production will cause further trauma.

Northern Uganda in the spotlight

First published 15th March 2012

In 2012 Five Talents is investing over 90,000 in a project in Northern Uganda designed to help Ugandans work their way out of poverty through small loans and business advice.

Lent talks address issue of Climate Change

First published 6th March 2012

Rev Andrew Doarks from Bristol South Deanery visited Mbale Diocese in December 2011 and saw for himself the devastating effects of climatic changes on the lives of people in Uganda.

Lent ideas provided by Jenny Foster, Bristol's Fair Trade Champion

First published 31st January 2012

Global Aware Bulletin February 2012

David Morris from Christ Church Clifton looks back on a trip to Uganda in 2012

First published 10th January 2012

June/July 2011 saw a team of ten head out to Uganda for three weeks of international mission.

Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi announces his retirement

First published 9th January 2012

Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi has called for the election of the next Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.

Leadership Conferences in Uganda

First published 6th December 2011

You challenged me to align my values so that my talk matches my walk .. the teaching was so good that we needed at least a full week.

The story of Mary and Joseph

First published 1st December 2011

With Christmas approaching this story of transformation from TearFund from Janet May reminds us of the power of the Gospel to bring about social change.

Bristol West Dinner and Promises Auction raises over £2000 for Deanery Link

First published 20th October 2011

Ricky Winn writes that the Bristol West Deanery Link had a wonderful evening and wants to thank all those who supported the event at All Saints, Clifton on Friday 14th November or gave auction promises.

Martyrs' Day

First published 19th July 2011

On visits to Uganda, I find that I can give as much energy as required if I can have a rest day now and again. Such a day was planned for June 3rd.

The incident of the mud in the night!

First published 19th July 2011

Stuart Taylor recently returned from Uganda after a trip to the Diocese of Northern Ugandawith Kate Welham from Red Maid's School in Bristol.

RIP Rev Phoebe Mutabaazi

First published 21st March 2011

Bristol Diocese extends its love and sympathy to the family of Rev Phoebe Mutabaazi after her sudden death on Friday 11th March 2011.Faithful to the end she was involved in work at the Cathedral offices when she was taken ill and sadly passed away be

Primates meeting respond to the murder of David Kato and the ongoing troubles affecting the Anglican

First published 1st February 2011

The Primates meeting in Dublin has issued a joint statement in response to the death of Ugandan, David Kato.

Fair Trade in Bristol

First published 24th January 2011

Big Swish, Oxfam Clothes Swap.

Election of new bishops for the diocese of Ruwenzori and West Buganda

First published 17th January 2011

Article reprinted from the Church of Uganda Website, photographs by Walter Dirks The House of Bishops, sitting on November 5, 2010 elected Rev. Canon Geoffrey Makumbi and Rev. Reuben Kisembo as Bishops of West Buganda and Ruwenzori respectively.

The Future of Partnership - Report on the Partnership for World Mission Conference (PWM) held at Swa

First published 10th January 2011

Over 90 representatives attended, most of them from Anglican dioceses, mission agencies and overseas churches. The theme of the conference, The Future of Partnership was introduced by the chairman of PWM, the Rt Rev Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol.

New Bishop for Rwenzori announced

First published 6th November 2010

The House of Bishops in Uganda appointed Revd Reuben Kisembo to be the next Bishop of Rwenzori to succeed Bishop Patrick Kyaligonza.

Good news from Bishops Conference in Uganda

First published 31st August 2010

Read a helpful and informative articlefrom the Anglican Communion News Service about the recent conference of bishops from across Africa that met in Uganda.

Poor yet rich

First published 31st August 2010

Bruce Clifford spent July in Uganda as an ordinand on a church placement that was facilitated by our Diocesan link. Here he reflects on his experiences.How can we help make poverty history in Uganda?

City Deanery tree planters in West Buganda

First published 19th August 2010

From left to right:Dave Matthews, Clare Hayes,Andrew Hyde, Natalie Berry, Joanna Hyde, Rev Susan Allman and Catherine Forman.

Home town boy, James Ssebaggala, becomes new Bishop of Mukono

First published 19th August 2010

Born, bred, schooled, married, re-schooled and working in Mukono District. Most of James' life has revolved around the Diocese of Mukono.

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