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Church of England synod approves women bishops

LONDON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Church of England General Synod reversed course Wednesday on female bishops, voting 378-8 in favor of consecrating women.
Service celebrates King James Bible

Service celebrates King James Bible

LONDON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II joined dignitaries of the Church of England for a celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
Archbishop sends bird houses to churches

Archbishop sends bird houses to churches

YORK, England, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A British archbishop said he plans to send bird houses to every church in his diocese as part of his effort to encourage wildlife conservation.

Conservatives oppose female bishops

LONDON, July 1 (UPI) -- A group of priests, including 11 active bishops, have threatened to leave the Church of England if its General Synod approves the consecration of women.

Bill permits lesbian fertility treatments

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Church leaders united with members of Britain's House of Lords to oppose legislation giving lesbian couples the right to have test tube babies.

Archbishop of York takes on Mugabe

LONDON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The Uganda-born Archbishop of York urged the British government Sunday to use sanctions against President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

Kidnapped reporter 'journalist of the year

LONDON, May 10 (UPI) -- BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, kidnapped in Gaza two months ago, was named broadcast journalist of the year Thursday by the London Press Club.

Anglican leaders mark end of slavery

LONDON, March 24 (UPI) -- The two leaders of the Anglican Church led a "Walk of Witness" through London to mark the 200th anniversary of Britain's abolition of slavery.

Anglicans back Catholics on gay adoption

LONDON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Leaders of the Anglican Church endorse Roman Catholic adoption agencies in their bid to be exempt from British laws banning discrimination against gays.

Archbishop of York attacks Blair

LONDON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- John Sentamu, the Ugandan-born archbishop of York, says British Prime Minister Tony Blair endorses "Idi Amin-style" practices by the United States.

Booklet suggests sacrifices for Lent

BIRMINGHAM, England, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Some give up chocolate for Lent, but an archdiocese in Britain has prepared a booklet with other suggestions for sacrifice.

Britain anoints first black archbishop

LONDON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Ugandan-born John Sentamu has been anointed as Britain's first black archbishop in a lavish, African-themed Church of England ceremony, a report said.

Britain's black archbishop gets hate mail

YORK, England, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The first black archbishop in the Church of England says he prays for the people who have been sending him hate mail.

Black bishop gets excrement-smeared letter

LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Dr. John Sentamu, the Church of England's first black archbishop, says he has been getting racist letters, some smeared with excrement.

Britain to have first black archbishop

LONDON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The Rev. John Sentamu, who moved to Britain from Uganda in 1974, has become the Church of England's first black archbishop.
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John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu (pronounced: SEN-ta-moo) (born 10 June 1949 in Kampala, Uganda) is the 97th Archbishop of York, Metropolitan of the province of York, and Primate of England. He is the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

John Sentamu was born in 1949 in a village near Kampala, Uganda, the sixth of thirteen children. He read law at Makerere University, Kampala, and practised as an advocate of the High Court of Uganda. Dr Sentamu practised both law at the Bar and at the Bench until 1974. He incurred the wrath of the dictator Idi Amin because of his judicial independence and was locked up for 90 days, three weeks after his marriage. In a speech in 2007 he described how during that time he had been "kicked around like a football and beaten terribly", saying "the temptation to give up hope of release was always present". In 1974 he fled to the United Kingdom.

He read theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge (BA 1976, MA 1979, PhD 1984). He trained for the priesthood at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, being ordained a priest in 1979. His doctoral thesis is entitled Some aspects of soteriology, with particular reference to the thought of J.K. Mozley, from an African perspective. He worked as assistant chaplain at Selwyn College, as chaplain at a remand centre and as curate and vicar in a series of parish appointments before his consecration, in 1996, as Bishop of Stepney (a suffragan see in the Diocese of London). It was during this time that he served as advisor to the Stephen Lawrence Judicial Enquiry. In 2002 he chaired the Damilola Taylor review. That same year he was appointed Bishop of Birmingham where his ministry, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was praised by "Christians of all backgrounds". Dr Sentamu became President of Youth For Christ in 2004 and President of the YMCA in April 2005.

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