Ugandan Bishops Writes “IN DEFENSE OF ALL GOD’S CHILDREN”

Bishop Christopher Senyonjo needs little or no introduction in the Ugandan sexual and gender minority community. He has ceased to be just an ally and for many, he is now a spiritual father and guardian. The Bishop who has dedicated his life to providing solace and counseling to LGBTQ persons has now written his memoirs in a book titled ‘In Defense of All God’s Children’.

In the 152 paged biography, the 85 year old Bishop takes us through his life thus far, from his formative years, his education, his choice to join the church and what influenced him even though he was unsure of himself, his works as the Bishop of West Buganda diocese, the martyrdom of the Archbishop Janan Luwum, his work with sexual and gender minorities and how this has affected his life.

Source: – Kuchu Times

COUNTDOWN IS ON: PRIDE Committee Rolls Out Festival Program – Kuchu Times

With the organization done and last minute touches being put in place, the program has now been rolled out; Pride Festival will kick off with a Partner and Sponsors’ gala, which is strictly by invite, on 2nd August. This will be followed by the very first Lesbian and Bisexual night on Wednesday 3rd August, the long awaited Mr and Miss Pride on Thursday 4th August, a community outreach that will see community members cleaning the HIV/AIDS ward in Mulago Hospital on Friday 5th August, the annual Pride parade on 6th August and the closing party to bid farewell to our international guests on Sunday 7th August

Source: Kuchu Times

 

Un espace LGBT et catholique aux Journées Mondiales de la Jeunesse de Cracovie | Yagg

Les JMJ débutent aujourd’hui à Cracovie. À cette occasion l’association LGBT polonaise Wiara i Tęcza organise un espace dédié aux catholiques LGBT et à leurs proches.

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Ce sont deux millions de fidèles qui sont attendu.e.s cette année aux Journées Mondiale de la Jeunesse (JMJ) à Cracovie en Pologne, à l’invitation du pape François, trois ans après celles qui ont eu lieu à Rio de Janeiro. Cette édition se déroule du 26 au 31 juillet et sera marquée par la visite du pape à Auschwitz. Cette année, et comme chaque année, on verra un grand nombre de fidèles de tous horizons, et parmi eux des personnes LGBT.

La communauté LGBT sera accueillie aux JMJ grâce à l’organisation polonaise LGBT Wiara i Tęcza (Arc-en-ciel et foi) qui a préparé un espace et des événements pour les croyant.e.s LGBT. Selon un article de Géopolis, l’association mettra en place des «projections de films sur la manière de concilier orientation sexuelle et foi». Il y aura aussi des rencontres avec, par exemple Jim Mulcahy, un jésuite américain pro-LGBT, ce qui lui a valu des soucis en Russie.

Source: Yagg

Diocese of Chichester to appoint LGBT liaison officer | Gscene Gay Magazine – What’s on in Gay / LGBT Brighton

In a bold move, the Diocese of Chichester, which covers both East and West Sussex, are to appoint a LGBT Liaison officer.

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The announcement was made last month, by the Bishop of Chichester, The Right ReverendDr Martin Warner at a dinner at St Michaels Church, Brighton.

The dinner was organised by the Diocese of Chichester who had extended invitations to representatives from LGBT organisations of all faiths across the city and among others, Peter Kyle, the MP for Hove & Portslade.

The dinner was arranged to establish a dialogue with the city’s LGBT communities and the Bishop used the opportunity to announce the creation of the new post of LGBT liaison officer for the Diocese.

Source:  Gscene 

Bolivia Passes Transgender Law Against Bishops’ Opposition

Despite heavy opposition from Catholic bishops, Bolivian legislators passed a transgender rights bill in late May that President Evo Morales then signed into law.

The law affords transgender people the right to alter government records in accordance with their gender identity, reported TeleSurReuters reported that a recent study shows that Bolivia becomes now only one of five nations in the world to constitutionally protect the rights of LGBT people, the others being Britain, Fiji, Malta, and Ecuador. Legislators had been pressured by some Bolivian Catholics to reject the law, according to The Washington Post:

“Predictably, the gender identity law has met with stiff resistance, not least from the Catholic Church. There have been protest marches, particularly in Santa Cruz, the conservative city that is Bolivia’s economic motor. Writing in Bolivian newspaper El Diario, theologian Gary Antonio Rodrígues Alvarez even warned that the concept of ‘hate,’ as used to define crimes committed against gays because of their sexuality, is ‘highly dangerous.’ “

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Catholics Recommit to Bridge Building after Orlando Tragedy | Bondings 2.0

Many bridges still need building when it comes to LGBT people, their families, and the Catholic Church. Where can Catholics turn for models of bridge building, especially after the mass shooting in Orlando which left 49 people dead and 53 more wounded?

Lay people and religious have offered some compassionate models of how this reconciling work can be done. For instance, the Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin organized a vigil shortly after Orlando. Sister Sally Brickner told the Fond du Lac Reporterthat 150 vigil attendees “really do feel that discrimination is wrong . . . hate crimes are wrong.” This vigil was the most well attended of any which the sisters have held for other causes, revealing both the deep need for such an action by a Catholic group.

The Orlando incident and the sisters’ response helped to shine the spotlight on two Wisconsin parishes that offer welcoming ministries. The same article which reported the sisters’ vigil took a look at the week-to-week ministry that goes on in Catholic parishes that welcome LGBT people. At Holy Family Catholic Community in Fond du Lac, a group called All God’s Family meets every couple of months. There, according to pastor Fr. Ryan Preuss, lesbian/gay people and their families share their stories and discuss how they engage church teaching. Barbara Lent, the group’s coordinator, told the Reporter:

Source:  Bondings 2.0