Bishop Nathan Uganda
As contained in the Christian holy book (Bible) narrates how God spent the entire 5 days creating nothing else but: space, air, stones, lakes, animals, insects, birds, snails, water, mountains; the list is endless of everything we see.
The amount of time consumed on an activity is a reflection on the importance the doer attaches to it.
God spent only one day creating man. Five days spent on the rest of creation compared to one day spent on creating man gives me an idea on how important the environment is to God. If God cared so much as to spend 5 days on the environment, I must care: why? The livelihood of the one-day creature (man) depends solely on the five-day creation (environment). The two are inseparable; BUT whereas other creatures can survive without man, man cannot survive without them, that is why the environment preceded man’s creation – So I must care. In other words if you remove man, the environment will continue but if you remove or disorganize the environment, man will not survive.
“God put man in the garden to till it and take care of it” Gen. 2:15
God having created both the environment and man, He delegates man to take care of that which was created for his own good (sustainability / sustainably). The creator cared enough and did not leave His creation unattended therefore “I care”
When I grew up there is an event which introduced in my heart, the care for the environment namely: At an early age of 5 years, my father separated two fighting birds – one was brutally pecking the other ferociously, my father separated them twice but the stronger one followed the weaker one pecking it about to death: what my father did was to pluck the wings of the stronger and let it free, in that way he weakened it to incapacitate it not to kill its fellow bird but did not kill it, when I asked him the reason for his action – he told me that “we need both of them” that action stuck in my mind up to now; my father left what he was doing to attend to such a minute fight of small birds – he must have cared.
The Rt. Rev. Nathan Kyamanywa is the bishop's Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese (in western Uganda). He grew up in Uganda with a catholic education. He tells that it is his father who showed him the importance of the respect for the Earth and the God.
The Vision of the Church of Uganda is a Christ Centred Church equipped for transforming mission among people. The Mission is to fulfill Christ’s mission through holistic teaching, evangelism, discipleship and healing for healthy and Godly nations. The Church of Uganda is governed by the Provincial Assembly. Meeting every two years, it is comprised of the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy, and the House of Laity. In between meetings of the Provincial Assembly, the Provincial Assembly Standing Committee meets and carries out the ongoing work of governance for the Church of Uganda.