Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) is a faith based ecumenical organization that was established in 1963 and registered as a trustee under the Trustees Incorporation Act.
Its current membership comprises the Church of Uganda, The Roman Catholic Church and the Uganda Orthodox Church, which together constitute about 78% of Uganda’s population. UJCC was established after Uganda’s independence in 1962 at a time when the country was undergoing a transition politically, economically and socially.
The environment in which UJCC was established was characterized by bitter conflicts between and among faith communities during the colonial era, which challenged the three religious leaders who recognized a need for Christians to witness together and live in harmony. Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) is an associate and affiliated to All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC).
UJCC was established with the purpose of: “working towards greater mutual understanding and unity; achieving cooperation by means of joint consultation and action in practical matters of common interest such as economic empowerment and development; and developing options for member Churches to pursue and enhance their capacity and responses to pertinent issues. UJCC was also established to make recommendations for actions to member Churches and other bodies; and working with member Churches to fulfill the great commission of Jesus Christ – Mathew 28:19-20”.
The Council consists of the Church of Uganda, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Uganda Orthodox Church.
Conditions of membership
A church is eligible for membership of the Council on condition that it upholds the authentic teaching of the Bible and the Apostles’ Creed and accepts baptism by water in the name of the Trinity.