Pastoral approaches to the problem of divorce in the Mukono diocese
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Marriage as the foundation of the family on which the church and society is built has had drastic challenges for men, women, children, families, the church, and the society of Uganda as a result of sociocultural influences, globalization, and modernization which have spread world-wide.
The primary objective of this study is to help the Mukono Diocese and the Anglican Church of Uganda understand her responsibilities in addressing the challenges of marriage in the lives of her members, their families, the church, and society.
Jesus' ministry oflove, compassion, and forgiveness attracted multitudes of people because He addressed the real problems of their lives. His example can help the present church and her leadership set up primary goals and objectives in dealing with problems among her members and families who are mourning and grieving as a result of broken marriages. This project will encourage the church in her teaching and preaching to emphasize Christian love, compassion, forgiveness, and healing for her members rather than merely moralizing and promoting judgment, condemnation, rejection, and abandonment of her members.
The intention of this paper is to transform the church of Christ, the Anglican Church of Uganda, and the Mukono Diocese, in particular, into a family of believers based on Jesus' love, compassion, and forgiveness. This transformation is needed because it seems that the main agenda of the present church is to be more or less a society based on discrimination and division among her members. The church as a family and Body of Christ is a fellowship where all members come together, meet their God, and share their joys and sorrows. lt must be a place for those who are mourning and broken-hearted to reveal their wounds and find new hope, love, and healing.
Therefore, this thesis is intended to help and guide the entire church of Uganda to understand and base her mission statement on the foundation of Jesus' ministry as the founder and cornerstone on which the church is built. lt will also help the present church to realize how best it can apply these foundational truths into the contextual and contemporary pastoral approaches and solutions to the challenges of marriage, relationships, and the effects of broken marriages on the couples who are divorced, their children, families, and relatives as well as to the church, and society at large. This project is divided into four chapters and a conclusion.
Chapter one presents God's intent for marriage, Jesus and Paul's teaching on marriage and divorce in the church, the Biblical interpretation of marriage, and an understanding of the concept of marriage among the Baganda tribe, the majority group in the Mukono Diocese.
Chapter two discusses the effects of broken marriages and relationships on couples, their children, parents, relatives, church, and society.
Chapter three proposes contemporary, pastoral approaches to the problem in Mukono Diocese and the Church of Uganda and how the church can best address marital disorders in order to bring back stability to marriage as an institution based on the principles of Christian marriage.
Chapter four presents the basic foundations of Jesus' ministry, based on love, compassion, forgiveness, and reconciliation among believers of one family, which is the church and the Body of Christ. This chapter also calls the present church to become a healing family for her wounded members which can only be achieved through the revision of the thinking of decision makers and policy implementers if the church is to address the real needs of people.
The conclusion reflects on some of the key issues, challenges, proposals, and solutions that the church must consider.
I believe that the ideas discussed in this project will be of great use and help to the Christians, lay readers, priests, the Bishop of Mukono Diocese, and the leadership of the Anglican Church of Uganda.