Nov 17: World Day of Prayer for Uganda

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There are currently over 4,000 people from all over the world on the Facebook group to bring awareness to the Ugandan legislation through all of the breaking news, interviews and published articles written to stop this bill from passing. With such a wide array of people, Dr. Warren Throckmorton and I have created the World Day of Prayer for Uganda on November 17th. Please feel free to join us on that day and continue to spread the word. Here is the email I recently sent out to my network from around the world:

Hello Everyone,

Thank you all for continuing to spread the message that regardless of one’s theological belief system, this legislation is wrong. Dr. Warren Throckmorton and I are assembling a day of prayer. We know that there are many of you in this group who are not religious, and we are not asking you to do something you are not comfortable with. But for those who do have a faith tradition we ask that on Tuesday November 17th, you take at least 30 minutes to pray for the following:

1. That this legislation be thrown out

2. For protection and peace for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters living in this oppression in Uganda and around the world

3. That the Ugandan Church realize this legislation is not morally or Scripturally correct – as there has been disturbing news recently coming from some of my contacts in Uganda and Parliament that the Ugandan Church is starting to make official statements in favor of this bill. I will be posting those as soon as they are official.

The world will feel this impact! I know that on the evening of November 17th I have a large group gathering in Chicago that will be focusing our time in prayer for the aforementioned three requests. This Facebook group has members located all over the world, and we have a unique opportunity to gather throughout the globe to lift these injustices to our Creator to make a divine impact. If your belief urges you to do so, please join us in this day of prayer. Thank you.

In the meantime, please also contact the following influencers to voice your opposition to this legislation:

CONTACT:

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
State House Nakasero
P.O. Box 24594
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: 256-41-343-311
Fax: 256-41-346-102
info@statehouse.go.ug

Prime Minister Apollo Nsibambi
Post Office Building, Yusuf Lule Road
P.O. Box 341
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: 256-41-423-6252
Fax: 256-41-434-1139
ps@opm.go.ug

Speaker of the Parliament Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuka
P.O. Box 7178, Parliamentary Avenue
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: 256-414-377-100
Fax: 256-414-231-296
speaker@parliament.go.ug

Minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Affairs
Honorable Opio Gabriel
P.O. Box 1494
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: 256-41-510-732
ps@mglsd.go.ug

Med Kaggwa, Chair of the Uganda Human Rights Commission
Plot 20/22/24 Buganda Road
P.O. Box 4929,
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: 256-414-348-007/8
Fax: 256-414-255-261
uhrc@uhrc.ug

Directorate for Ethics and Integrity
P.O. Box 7142
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: 256-(0)41-430-1600
Fax: 256-(0)41-434-3177
info@dei.go.ug

Mathisen Gørild
Chair of the Uganda Diplomatic Human Rights Working Groups
gorild.mathisen@mfa.no

Send a copy to:
Jerry P. Lanier, Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda
Embassy of the United States of America
P.O. Box 7007,
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: 256-414-259-791/2/3/5
Fax: 256-414-259-794
kampalawebcontact@state.gov

Send an email and fax to:
Perezi K. Kamunanwire, Ambassador to the US
Tel: 1-202-726-4758
Fax: 1-202-726-1727
pkamunanwire@ugandaembassyus.org

Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Uganda to the United Nations
336 East 45 Street
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 1-212-949-0110
Fax: 1-212-687-4517
ugandaunny@un.int

Thanks to Karen Keen for this information.

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Happy

    n the past few months, I have had the privilege to sit with Ugandan activists who will be deeply and detrimentally affected by this bill. While many of the activists I have met are deeply suspicious of religion in general, support would be deeply appreciated and I hope that thousands if not millions support the Ugandan LGBTI community. Let us pray…

  • Kevin

    Thanks for the email addresses so we can all start contacting those that will have a hand in this with our concerns.

  • Holzer29

    This comment does not have so much to do with what you blogged on, as it does this one question i have to you, WHAT IS TRUTH?

    because i truly believe there is only back and white on the gay issue. either it is wrong, or it is right. there can be no in between. God is love, but He is also firm, mighty (might to save) and will help any person willing to come up out of temptation to resist their natural human desires. the reason i ask "what is truth?" because that is the foundation of our belief in Christ, because what we believe to be true either shows us the validity of the BIble and who Christ is, or it reveals that we do not think ALL HE said is relevent for us today. I am standing on the understanding that Christ is bigger than any challenge we might face today, there are married men who struggle with lust for other woman, even though they are married, there are women who struggle with the battle of lusting for a better looking body, and it comsumes their every thought, they make wake up every morning praying that God will "take away their desire for what do not and cannot have, and make them content.." but until we sell out to Christ and His plan for us, where can we go. I found in myself, before i gave Christ my everything, i sat there, looking inward, focusing on what i did not have as apposed to what Christ could do with what He had already equiped me with. But as long as i was looking down at myself, i could not see Christ.

    Don't you think that is true for many gays and lesbians? IF they are saying they are seeking God, then they need to really seek God. get in His word, focus on His truths, and what His plans and purposes for them are. Every person is born into this world with their own selfish human desires ringing in their ears. It is not of our first choice to follow Christ, it's hard, and sometimes painful, and He does calls us to lay ourselves down at the foot of His cross. But i have found, not only does He bless those efforts when you do that, He gives you more joy that you ever could've imagined, so what you just laid down before Him, pales in comparrison to His great gifts.

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Holzer29 – The purpose of this blog and my book, Love is an Orientation, is to give ample info to my views and experiences on homosexuality, the Bible and bridge building. Both of those mediums will answer all of your questions. As far as this comment goes, it doesn't matter what (or how conservative) someone's belief system – killings gays and lesbians or imprisoning them is not right and I will not stand for it.

  • Mrs T

    How do so many Christians get so negative toward gays? We would never think of killing someone who has a different belief, no matter how much we disagree with it! We don’t think of killing the neighbor who may be cheating on his wife, but still I see folks, including many Christians in Uganda, looking the other way about gays! We should never stand for this! God will judge their lifestyle. We seek to keep them alive. Ever heard of pro-life?? It means more than being anti-abortion!

  • Holzer29

    I’m not out to “engage in foolish or stupid arguments..” and i do not believe in the killing of gays and lesbians. thats crazy. my sister is gay. that is why i care so much.
    my only issue is that Christians cannot tollerate it when gays call being gay “ok by God.” that is what i was getting at.
    “gay Christian” is an oximoron i believe, to put it in laymans terms.
    The two do not mix. either hot or cold, warm shall be spit out. I’m all about reaching out to our gay and lesbians friends, just as i am interested in reaching out to anyone else lost to the pleasures of this world.
    “building a bridge” does not sound clear to me about where your views are. I want to reach out to all who are lost. but would you call gay’s lost? or are they ok in being gay?
    I just want truth to be clear. I’m not sure where you stand and i’m of the interest in Christ’s truth being what is spoke.
    I am not in support of any violence and i’m sorry that that was somehow communicated. Sanctity of life is of most importance.

  • Mrs T

    This thread is about the law in Uganda, not the right or wrong in being gay.
    This is an urgent situation & the time for arguing can come later.
    Now we need to pray about the situation.

  • holzer

    As i stated above, it is not, nor will it ever be my desire to argue. Arguments have never really led to speading Christ’s love. I believe in the importance of prayer, and i think my comments are most likely missplaced and need to be discussed under a different blog topic. I apologize for putting my comments in the wrong spot. I continue to pray for those lost in uganda and next door.

  • Br. Michael

    Jorge Steven Lopez found murdered for being gay. "Bible bangers really hide behind the Bible, because they forget God is much more than a book…"

    And I wrote to President Yoweri. "God have mercy on his soul." Amen.

  • http://theformers.wordpress.com Debbie Thurman

    It is certainly my hope and prayer that today — at least for one day — folks from around the globe, regardless of their specific faith tenets, could come together with voices raised in prayer to God Almighty for divine wisdom and intervention in Uganda. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill is certainly one that needs to be defeated or even withdrawn. No good can come from it, but much harm can. Please pray.

  • Jeff

    Dear Andrew – The following terrifying advertisement appears today on the front web page of the Ugandan paper the Monitor:

    "Two homosexuals, Namutebi Ruth and Hilda are wanted by the police, anyone who sees them and has

    information leading to their arrest should report to the nearest police station for the safety of our

    country. A big reward waits."

    Who will protect them?

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Jeff – That is extremely disturbing news. As I’m sitting here in Chicago, only God can protect them. I will pray right now!

  • http://none Peter Iveson

    So what happened in uganda on the 17th?

  • http://none Peter Iveson

    So what happened?

  • http://none Peter Iveson

    So what Happened in Uganda? On the 17th?

  • http://theformers.wordpress.com Debbie Thurman

    I'm not sure anything actually happened, Peter. I was told an important meeting was to take place on the 17th. Maybe Andrew knows more about that. Of course, we can never say that many prayers being offered on behalf of a people or an issue is "nothing," can we?

  • dian

    I am not gay but killing is wrong… no matter WHO does it… or HOW it is done.
    It is wrong. I do NOT support killing of anyone because of their sexual orientation.

  • http://www.championwebdesign.co.uk An Human

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Many thanks!