Christianity & Churches
Christianity holds a significant place in Ugandan society, with a sizable majority of the population identifying as Christian. Roughly 85-90% of Ugandans adhere to Christianity, making it the predominant religion in the country.
Christianity was introduced to Uganda during the late 19th century by European missionaries, particularly from the Anglican, Catholic, and later, Protestant denominations. The influence of these missionaries played a crucial role in the spread and establishment of Christianity across various regions of Uganda.
The majority of Christians in Uganda are divided between Catholicism and Anglicanism (Church of Uganda), with sizable communities of Pentecostals, Baptists, Adventists, and other Protestant denominations.
Christianity has deeply influenced Ugandan culture, traditions, and societal norms. Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter are widely celebrated, and church attendance remains an important part of many Ugandans’ lives.
The history of Christianity in Uganda is marked by both triumphs and challenges. Uganda has produced notable Christian martyrs, a group of young men executed between 1885 and 1887 for their refusal to renounce Christianity. Their sacrifice significantly influenced the growth and resilience of the faith in the country.
Christianity in Uganda has also contributed to the establishment of educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and various social development programs. Church-based organizations play a significant role in providing services, education, and charitable activities across the country.