The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), in partnership with Tufts University Chaplaincy, will present a screening of the powerful documentary, "God Loves Uganda" on the Tufts campus in Medford, MA. Premiering at Sundance in early 2013, the film has gone on to screen around the world, creating important opportunities for people of faith and the international LGBT community how certain concepts of human sexuality brought by some western missionaries are impacting politics and life in Uganda today.
A screening of the film will take place on Friday October 4, 2013 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Goddard Chapel, located on the Tufts campus. Directions to Goddard Chapel. Parking is available in the Dowling Hall Garage at 419 Boston Ave, Medford, or any legal parking space on campus.
Following the screening, UUA President Rev. Peter Morales will lead a conversation with the audience and Tufts University Chaplain Rev. Greg McGonigle and Ugandan minister and LGBT advocate Rev. Mark Kiyimba. Doors open at 6:30pm and light refreshments will be available. Unitarian Universalist groups and congregations, Tufts community members, and all people interested in exploring these issues are welcome.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2008 there has been a concerted effort on the part of some western missionaries to promote a restrictive understanding of human sexuality in Uganda, which has resulted in a draconian “anti-gay” bill and violence against the Ugandan LGBT community. This climate resulted in the murder of activist and LGBT rights leader David Kato. Join us in reclaiming faith as a pathway to love, understanding, and respect for the dignity of all.
The feature length documentary "God Loves Uganda" is a powerful exploration of an effort to change African customs and laws to conform with a restrictive vision of human sexuality exported from the U.S. The film follows U.S. and Ugandan leaders fighting supposed sexual immorality and trying to convince Ugandans to adopt a harsh vision of biblical law. "God Loves Uganda" premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. View the trailer.
Today the only publicly LGBT-affirming religious leaders in Uganda are the Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Mark Kiyimba and Anglican 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 understanding, nonviolent approach to LGBT people.
What the Eddoboozi coalition needs most are allies to join them in Uganda in their call for religious tolerance. Rev. Kiyimba believes that a well-attended public symposium can help to change the current atmosphere of misunderstanding and intolerance. He suggests creating a “Symposium on Reconciliation” conference in Kampala, where international faith leaders can come to teach the gospel messages of respect and love. The UU-United Nations Office is working with Rev. Kiyimba and Bishop Senyonjo to organize such a symposium.
Educating international allies and people of faith is also a crucial part of creating positive change in Uganda. Please consider holding a screening of "God Loves Uganda" in your congregation or community. For more information and resources, contact staff in the UU United Nations Office at email@example.com.
The UUA LGBT Uganda Fund is dedicated to empower LGBT affirmative religious leaders in Uganda. The funds collected support LGBT homeless youth resources, HIV+ orphanages, and the creation of an annual "Symposium on Reconciliation."
Faith-based LGBT advocacy has been shown to be the most effective vehicle for increasing support for LGBT people in predominantly religious nations. Your generous tax-deductible donation to the UUA LGBT Uganda Fund can help make a profoundly positive impact on the lives of LGBT people living in Uganda. Donate today.
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Last updated on Thursday, September 12, 2013.
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