No Longer in My Name: Faith-Based Response to Faith-Based Intolerance in Uganda
The Unitarian Universalist United Nation’s Office and the Unitarian Universalist Association's LGBT Uganda Fund, in collaboration with the United Nations NGO Committee for Human Rights, cordially invite you to:
No Longer In My Name:
A Faith-Based Response to Faith-Based Intolerance in Uganda
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013, 5-9pm
United Nations Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, NYC
Wine and Cheese Reception: 5:00pm
- Special Screening of the new film: GOD LOVES UGANDA
- Interfaith Clergy Panel Discussion
- Personal Messages from LGBTI Ugandans and Ugandan Faith Leaders
Since 2008 Western Evangelical missionaries have inundated Uganda, spreading a gospel of Homophobia, resulting in the draconian "Anti-Gay" Bill and violence against the Ugandan LGBTI Community. This inspired the murder of rights leader David Kato. Join us in reclaiming faith as a tool for peace, love, tolerance and dignity for all!
About the film
The feature length documentary God Loves Uganda is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right.The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law. God Loves Uganda premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Watch a preview of GOD LOVES UGANDA here!
About Faith-based LGBTQ Advocacy in Uganda
Today the only outwardly LGBTI friendly religious clergy in Uganda are UU Minister Mark Kiyimba and Bishop Christopher Senyonjo. They have formed a coalition called The Eddoboozi, composed of eleven Ugandan faith-based organizations that oppose the anti-gay bill and call for a more tolerant, non-violent approach to homosexuals. Rev Kiyimba, Bishop Senyonjo and The Eddoboozi have communicated that what they need most are faith allies to join them in Uganda in their call for religious tolerance. Rev. Kiyimba believes that a public well-attended symposium can help change the atmosphere of intolerance. He suggests creating a “Symposium on Reconciliation” conference in Kampala, where international faith leaders will come and teach a gospel of tolerance and love.
The UU –United Nations Office is working with Rev. Kiyimba and Bishop Senyonjo to organize a high profile symposium conference in Uganda where famous and influential faith leaders like Bishop Desmond Tutu and Rev. Jesse Jackson travel to Uganda and publicly teach and workshop with local clergy and citizens in Uganda. At this conference, we can screen films like “God Loves Uganda” and bring in experts to talk about both science and values. We think that this will have the greatest impact with respect to changing the hearts and minds of the Ugandan people.
About the UUA LGBT Uganda Fund
The UUA LGBT Uganda Fund is dedicated to empower LGBTI affirmative religious leaders in Uganda. Funds support LGBT Homeless Youth resources, HIV+ Orphanages, and the creation of an annual Symposium on Reconciliation Conference, where influential faith leaders from all over the world come to Uganda to preach against violence and intolerance. LGBT Faith-Based Advocacy has been shown to be the most effective vehicle for change in religious nations, yet it is the most underfunded area of LGBT activism. Help make an invaluable impact for LGBTI people living in Uganda with your generous tax deductible donation to the UUA LGBT Uganda Fund. Please consider making a generous donation to the UUA Uganda LGBT Fund, supporting these local progressive faith leaders who are LGBTI Allies in Uganda. Donate today!
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