Saturday, 13 August 2011

More on Bishop Christopher Senyonjo

BISHOP Christopher Senyonjo, who is speaking at the Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh today, spent his entire ministerial career prior to his 1998 retirement in Uganda.

From 1974 until 1998, he was the Anglican Diocesan Bishop of West Buganda at Masaka. He completed a DMin at Hartford Theological Seminary, USA, which was key to his understanding of marriage and human sexuality, two areas which would define his later career.

Following his retirement from the bishopric, Senyonjo began counselling services for singles and married people. His pastoral work with LGBT people in Uganda and beyond began in 2001.

In 2010, he founded St Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre for LGBTQ/Straight Alliance. Bishop Senyonjo has been a keynote speaker at a number of international human rights conferences, including two at the United Nations in 2010.

These two conferences helped to reinstate language protecting LGBT people against “extra-judicial” killings.

Bishop Senyonjo is in Edinburgh from 9-16 August 2011. He arrives in San Diego, USA, on 18 August and will be visiting California, Portland, Minnesota, Chicago, Boston, Washington, New Jersey and New York.

He will receive the Unitas Award from Union Theological Seminary before leaving the USA on 24 October. More here.

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