Eddoboozi representative goes to IDAHO conference

By Eric Cherry

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The UUA has received word that a representative of our LGBT Human Rights organizational partner in Uganda - Eddoboozi - has been invited to attend the IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) Campaign conference on May 17th in Paris, France. "John will travel to France as an Ambassador of EDDOBOOZI Human Rights defenders Network at the invitation of IDAHO president George Louis to be part of the world International Day Against Homophobia. This is a symbol of the recognition that Uganda is a country full of homophobia as a result of hate speeches. Objectives of trip:
  • To lobby and continue advocating against the Anti Homosexuality Bill and push for continued Pressure from the European Union member states with the Ugandan Government.
  • To strengthen the Network EDDOBOOZI, IDAHO- Uganda, Spectrum and the rest of the world.
  • To stand and speak in solidarity with all other Organizations that have helped the LGBTI community in Uganda during these difficult trial moments."
Thank you for Standing on the Side of Love, John. We are standing with you!

The UU Church in Kampala invites UU congregations to use the following chalice lighting during worship while the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is under consideration:

A Chalice Lighting Prayer for Uganda

Leader: We believe and trust that all people are equal in humanity: Black or White, Rich or Poor, Gay or Straight.

Congregation: All people are equal in humanity.

Leader: Our prayer today is that the government of Uganda will listen to the cry of its people. May they find wisdom and recognize the equality in humanity of all people, and reject the evil ideas contained in the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Congregation: So may it be. Amen.

About the Author

Eric Cherry

Eric was the Director of the UUA’s International Office since August 2007. Prior to this Eric served for 12 years as a parish minister with UU congregations in Burlington, Iowa and N. Easton, Massachusetts. Eric has long been involved in the UU Partner Church movement, serving as the English...


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