Gene Robinson, Former Ugandan Bishop Hail Sexuality without Boundaries

June 12th, 2010 Posted in Gay Activism |

Bishop Gene RobinsonBy Jeff Walton, IRD

Decrying as “missionaries of hate” U.S. Christians who preach in Africa against homosexual practice, a former bishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda spoke June 8 at a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C.

Christopher Senyonjo was hosted by Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, the first openly gay bishop to be consecrated in the Anglican Communion. Robinson has served as Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) since March. The two spoke about anti-homosexuality legislation in Uganda, which they blamed upon U.S. evangelicals. They also called for a broader effort to decriminalize homosexual practices in Africa. Senyonjo’s appearance at CAP was part of a six-week speaking tour of the United States, sponsored by Integrity USA, an unofficial homosexual caucus in the Episcopal Church.

Robinson introduced Senyonjo as “one of my heroes, one of the people I look to.” Senyonjo returned the compliment, affirming that the Holy Spirit was behind greater acceptance of homosexuality in the church.“When you were consecrated, I celebrated,” Senyonjo said of Robinson. “Thank God for you.”

Bishop of the Ugandan diocese of West Buganda until his retirement in 1998, Senyonjo began a pro-homosexuality ministry in the East African country soon after and is now chaplain to Integrity Uganda, a chapter of Integrity USA. Senyonjo quickly fell out of favor with the doctrinally traditional 9-million-member Ugandan church and was inhibited from ministry in 2001. In January 2007 Senyonjo was deposed as a bishop in the Anglican Church of Uganda for violating his inhibition and presiding at the consecration of a priest. Senyonjo is now connected to a denomination known as the Charismatic Church of Uganda, although CAP identified him as an Anglican bishop.

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