Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support (CAPS) will sponsor a day conference to consider issues of LGBT Human Rights and immigration. Legislation that criminalises gay people from Russia to Uganda is leading to imprisonment, physical attacks and murder. CAPS Chairman, Vincent Manning said:
Speaking in the name of Christ, pastors and Bishops in Africa and elsewhere are applauding legislation that criminalises gay people. Not only is this contrary to Catholic teaching, it also inhibits HIV education and prevention efforts, and increases HIV stigma. A HIV agency was recently raided by police in Kampala, clients were interrogated and staff have been arrested. For fear of being ‘accused’ of homosexuality, people will avoid HIV support and avoid testing. This is an issue that should concern all Christians. We must speak up, lest our silence render us complicit.
This workshop prays through and with the stories of individuals who have tapped into prophetic hope in the midst of homophobic oppression. It focuses on the story of the martyred Ugandan organizer David Kato, who, with his religious and secular friends, resisted the anti-gay witch-hunts in his own country; and it focusses on the stories of local panelists from Africa and Britain, who have fought for LGBTI and immigrant justice here in London. Through discussion, reflection, and prayer, we hope to discover the ways that God is stirring up prophetic hope in our own lives. How is God calling us to love one another more deeply, in action, in word, and in prayer?
The workshop will include a screening of the award-wining documentary Call Me Kuchu, which chronicles the life and murder of David Kato, and the continuing inspiration he has had on LGBTI Ugandans and their straight allies; it features the story of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, who supported David’s work at the cost of his own exile and persecution by Church authorities. Joining us to discuss their own journey from injustice into prophetic hope are Revd. Ijeoma Ajibade of the Diocese of London and the international Kaleidoscope Trust for LGBTI human rights; Godwyns Onwuchekwa, founder of Justice for Gay Africans Society; Revd. Sharon Ferguson of MCC North London and the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement; Edwin Sesange, Director of the African LGBTI Out & Proud Diamond Group; and Revd. Jide Macaulay, founder of the House of Rainbow Fellowship.
Lunch and coffee are provided. Tickets are free to asylum seekers and people of limited income; £10 for other participants. Please consider donating £5 or £10 to make it possible for others to attend!
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