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Title:'Obedient Rebels': The Relationship between the Early 'Balokiole' and the Church of Uganda: The Mukono Crisis of 1941
Author:Ward, Kevin
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Uganda
religious movements
Anglican Church
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/1581347.pdf
Abstract:The 'Balokole' ('The Saved People') Revival is widely recognized as one of the most significant Christian movements in eastern Africa. Its roots lie in Buganda and in the life of the Anglican Church of Uganda. The Church of Uganda welcomed in theory the idea of Revival, but found the reality difficult to cope with. In October 1941 relations between Church and Revival were strained to breaking point when 26 Balokole students training for the ministry at Bishop Tucker Memorial College, Mukono, were expelled. They were dubbed 'bajeemu', rebels. A major schism between the Revival and the Church seemed a strong possibility, but did not happen. By the 1950s the Revival had become an integral part of the life of the Church of Uganda. This study focuses attention on the Mukono crisis, which was a crucial event in the early history of the Balokole, in the following chapters: the position of the Anglican Church in colonial Uganda; the formation of the Ruanda Mission; theological training in the Church of Uganda; official and unofficial aspects of the search for Revival; William Nagenda at Bishop Tucker College; the expulsions, October 1941; personal data of the 'bajeemu'; the widening of the crisis; attempts to find a solution: the New Way (a list of 14 points drafted by Bishop Stuart, which he hoped would secure the reintegration of the Balokole fully into the life of the Church); the Mukono Commission of Enquiry 1943; 'obedient rebels': the careers of the 'bajeemu' after 1941. Notes, ref.