MCC ALERT: David Kato – Mourning, Prayer, ACTION

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David Kato – Mourning, Prayer and Action
Dear Friends,

It was with shock and sadness that the leadership of MCC heard of the murder of David Kato, a human rights defender, a humanitarian and a man of tremendous heart and courage.  David has been fighting for the rights of the LGBTI community in Uganda.  Most recently David has been working with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and was the visible voice against the oppressive proposed legislation introduced by the Ugandan government, which would impose the death penalty for those found guilty of being gay.  David was brutally beaten to death in his home on 26 January 2011.

We mourn with his friends and family in Uganda.  We mourn with his colleagues at SMUG and Other Sheep.  We mourn with all those still struggling for Human Rights in Uganda, all of Africa and around the world.

This Sunday, we ask that our churches worldwide join with Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson and the Senior Leadership Team of MCC to take a moment and lift up David Kato, his family, friends and the ongoing struggle in Uganda in prayer.  We also ask you to lift up all of our people and congregations in Africa as they continue the struggle for human rights.  Fredrick Douglas said in the mid 1800s, after escaping from slavery, “Until we are all free, we are none free.”

Gracious Loving God,

We lift to you our brother David so brutally taken from the world.

We ask for your healing, loving Spirit of peace to surround his family and friends.

May his death inspire those who would do harm to become peacemakers and people of justice.

May our churches in Africa find renewed strength and hope in the knowledge of your love and promise.

We pray for all those living in fear, for those with the power to bring about life-giving change and for those who courageously risk it all to say “Enough!”

God, help us to never become complacent but to remember those words from so long ago, “Until we are all free, we are none free.”

We ask this through your many names and through Christ,

Amen.

Diane Fisher Oct 2010

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Rev. Elder Diane Fisher

The Global Justice Team invites you to participate in a conference call with Val Kalende, Ugandan LGBT Rights Activist and Co-Founder of the LGBT Movement in Uganda.

Val helped to start the only lesbian organization in Uganda and has been at the frontline of the campaign against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, legislation that proposed the death penalty for LGBT people in Uganda.  She is a former journalist who lost her job because of her outspoken stance on LGBT rights, and she was once jailed for campaigning for the recognition of sexual minorities in her country’s National HIV/AIDS Policy.  Val will be addressing the LGBT Rights Struggle in Uganda, especially in light of the recent death of her personal friend and colleague, David Kato, another Co-Founder of the LGBT Movement in Uganda.

Currently, Val is pursuing a Master of Arts in Theological Studies at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Recently speaking at the Sunshine Cathedral Speaker Series program, Val said, “if change is to come in Uganda, it must come through church.”  Metropolitan Community Churches stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Uganda in helping to bring about the

Rev. Dr. Robert Griffinneeded change.

The conference call will take place on Thursday, 3 February 2011, at 7:00 PM ET. Please dial 1.218.936.4141 and enter Participant Access Code: 33315. Questions about the call or interview should be directed to Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin at 1.954.462.2004 ext. 206 or via email .