Christians and money see eye to eye often when they have to make contributions to Harambee, give monthly tithes and mobilizing resources for calendared church activities, depending on the abundance of their pockets. But some targets set by these church committees are more than meets the eye. A church in Uganda has launched a resource mobilization drive to raise Shs1.16billion for the enthronement of its new Archbishop
Enthronement is when a Bishop or an Archbishop is installed and vested with the spiritual authority over a particular jurisdiction and a ceremony in which the outgoing Archbishop transfers spiritual authority to the incoming Archbishop by handing over the pastoral staff, and the Bishops of the Church guide is held in his honor.
According to the chairperson of the farewell and enthronement committee, the budget is modest given the magnitude of the function, which will is set to attract both local and international guests. Of the Sh1.2 Billion, part of it will be put into the renovation of the official residence, the office and some final touches on the cathedral. Also, some of the money would be used to buy a new vehicle for the incoming archbishop, as well as accommodation and feeding of international guests, refreshments, public address system among others.
Invited to the enthronement ceremony are 37 other bishops from dioceses across Uganda are expected to attend the ceremony, and out of the contribution, the church committee will be spending a substantial amount to purchase seats for them. The church has raised Sh 25 Million shillings from Members of Cabinet and is hoping to reach out to more members of parliament and other well-wishers to ensure the success of the event.