I was surprised to get an invitation to the Enthronement of the new Archbishop of Uganda. To be honest, some of the people here were a bit surprised to see me here as well.
I've been doing quite a bit of travelling in parts of the Anglican Communion with which relationships are easy. So I thought it was time to take the opportunity of going somewhere more challenging where we aren't in easy or comfortable agreement - and that applies also to many other people on the guest list.
It's all about how you view difference and conflict. To engage is not to agree. I learned in my past that it is always better to head towards conflict rather than away from it. You also learn that difference is infinitely more subtle than you first realise - it is very two- dimensional from far away. If you look closely at the picture you can see the minaret on the vast mosque which was funded by Colonel Gadaffi - that too is part of the story here