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On this Page:  Conferences, Project, Letter:  Uganda and Rwanda, July 3 - 19, 2012
Three Conferences Conducted

KAMPALA, UGANDA JULY 6 & 7 Two-Day Conference with Uganda Victim Support Organization,
Alfred Ssekabanja, Executive Director

    As reported in the Other Sheep eNews dated July 20, 2012
    'Liberty of Conscience' is Focus of Kampala Other Sheep Conference

    Excerpt:
    A local pastor who attended the recent two-day Kampala conference on "Religious
    Freedom in the Context of Theological Diversity and Human Sexuality" told the
    attendees that he was especially impacted by the workshops on 'Liberty of
    Conscience.' The pastor said that in spite of the contemporary alternative view, as
    taught by the presenters, that Sodom and Gomorrah is about inhospitality, social
    oppression and rape, and not, therefore, a condemnation of gay love, he still believes
    the Biblical destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is a condemnation of all gays. The
    pastor went on to say, however, that because of 'Liberty of Conscience' he now
    understands it is not parliament's place to write anyone's religious views or
    interpretation of 'Sodom and Gomorrah' or any part of the Bible into civil law.

    To read more:
    Click here for the complete article as published in the Other Sheep eNews
    Click here for the complete article as published in the Other Sheep Blog

GISENYI, REWANDA JULY 14, 2012, One-Day Conference with Other Sheep Rwanda/Dem Rep of the Congo,
Coordinator J. Elie Gasana

    As reported in the Other Sheep eNews dated July 15, 2012
    Other Sheep Rwanda Holds Seminar on Sexual Orientation

    Excerpt:
    In discussing Parelli's paper, one attendee, whose influence is on a national level
    within her denomination, commented that for the first time she now understands that
    it is not a choice to be homosexual.

    She said she had looked at gays as she had looked at sex workers, that is, that
    whereas sex workers can elect to do something else (everything being equal), she
    now realizes the option to do something else does not exist for homosexuals. Her
    paradigm shifted from equating gays with sex workers to understanding that
    homosexuality is an orientation like heterosexuality. Her group leader reported that
    she said, almost in tears, why should gays be harassed for something they cannot
    change.

    To read more:
    Click here for the complete article as published in the Other Sheep eNews
    Click here for the complete article as published in the Other Sheep Blog


KAMPALA, UGANDA JULY 18, 2012, One-Day Conference with Bisexual Movement Uganda, Brian Ochieng,
Executive Director (and with Uganda Victim Support Organization assisting BMU)

    As reported in the Other Sheep eNews dated July 20, 2012
    Police protection prevents local official from shutting down Kampala religious
    seminar on human sexuality, theological diversity and religious freedom; 190 attend conference

    Excerpt:
    Following the morning session on 'Liberty of Conscience' the seminar was put on
    hold when a local official entered the grounds demanding that the police, already
    present by arrangement of the hosting NGO, immediately shut down the conference.
    The local official maintained that homosexuality was being promoted illegally. An
    attendee of the morning session had left the grounds to report his disapproval of the
    seminar to the local official. Police protection had been arranged prior to the
    conference by the NGO organizers of the day-long seminar.

    Parelli, after finishing the morning session, was escorted by a police officer to an
    area on the grounds, a distant from the conference hall, where he was asked to
    remain while, at the same location, other police, the objecting local official, the
    offended attendee who reported to the objecting local official, and Brian Ochieng,
    discussed the matter. Mr. Jose Ortiz accompanied Parelli.

    To read more:
    Click here for the complete article as published in the Other Sheep eNews
    Click here for the complete article as published in the Other Sheep Blog



Translation-Distribution Project Team Formed

Other Sheep asked four Uganda NGO organizations (names follow) to consider forming a partnership around the
project of translating/distributing the book
The Children Are Free: Reexamining the Biblical Evidence on
Same-sex Relationships
by Miner and Connoley.

The Four NGOs
    The NGOs with which Other Sheep worked in 2012
    Uganda Victim Support Organization, Executive Director Alfred Ssekabanja
    Bisexual Movement Uganda, President/ Chairman Brian Ochieng
    The Individuals with whom Other Sheep worked in 2008     
    Wamala Dennis Mawejje, Human Rights Defender, with Other Sheep in Uganda since 2008
    Sam Ganafa, Executive Director of Spectrum Uganda Initiatives Inc.

In the evening of July 9, at the hotel where the July 6 and 7 Kampala Conference was held (name of hotel withheld),
three of the four NGOs had an initial meeting (with Other Sheep meeting with them and observing) and together
they formed an informal partnership around the stated project and planned to work toward accomplishing following
goals, tasks per individuals being agreed upon:
    To write Carpenter Foundation for a grant by July 31, the Foundations cut off date
    To translate the book into Luganda
    To print copies in English and Luganda – 30% English, 70% Luganda
    To distribute first in the Kampala area and then consider other areas of Uganda for distribution of the
    Luganda version
    To then consider translations into other languages spoken in Uganda



July 24, 2012, Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

    July 24, 2012

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
    U.S. Department of State
    2201 C Street NW
    Washington, DC 20520

    Dear Secretary of State Hilary Clinton:

    In November of 2010, I attended, by invitation, the U.S. State Department Roundtable
    Discussion on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) issues in Africa.  I had been
    invited, no doubt, because of my work in East Africa in 2007 and 2008 in the area of religion
    and LGBT human rights.

    At the November 2010 U.S. Department meeting, we were asked to keep the U.S. Department
    informed of whatever activities and/or ideas we may do/have with Africa regarding LGBT
    concerns.

    My spouse Mr Jose Ortiz (Other Sheep Coordinator for Africa and Asia) and I (Other Sheep
    Executive Director) just returned from East Africa (Uganda and Rwanda) where we worked, July
    3-19,  with five different NGO (non-governmental organizations) LGBT organizations.

    Please receive the following report:


    At this point, the two-page letter briefly mentioned or discused the following:
  • The NGO Organizations/ Individuals with which Other Sheep worked
  • Conferences/Workshops Other Sheep conducted
  • The Two Handouts Other Sheep Provided at the two Uganda Conferences for Attendees (hard copies
    were enclosed)
  • Translation/Distribution Project Initiated by Other Sheep with Uganda
  • (An additional item, undisclosed here)
  • Links to the three eNews articles covering the three Conferences/Workshops


    Respectfully submitted,


    Rev. Stephen Parelli, Other Sheep Executive Director
    Enclosed:  Two papers and one book: The Children Are Free
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For the two papers distributed in
Uganda at the July 6 and 7, and
July 18 Kampala conferences, click
the following links:

Liberty of Conscience paper

Talking Points paper - What to
say when someone says 'But the
Bible condemns homosexuality!'
For the two papers distributed in
Uganda at the July 6 and 7, and
July 18 Kampala conferences, click
the following links:

Liberty of Conscience paper

Talking Points paper - What to
say when someone says 'But the
Bible condemns homosexuality!'
For the two papers (in French)
distributed at the Rwanda July 14
conference
, click the following links:

Peut on vraiment devenir « ex-gay » ?
Par Stephen Parelli, théologien, directeur de
« Other Sheep »

La Bible est un placard vide  (The Bible Is
An Empty Closet) par Ralph Blair
Click here to see this article
published on ILGA web site
  • NYC to Istanbul, connecting flight from Istanbul to Uganda delayed two
    days, June 30 - July 2
  • Uganda and Rwanda, July 3 - 19
  • Istanbul, July 19 - 22
  • New York City, Home in the Bronx, July 22 - 24
  • Peurto Rico, Interview and connecting flight to St. Lucia, July 24 - 25
  • St. Lucia, connecting point to Martinique, July 25 - 27
  • Martinique, July 27 - August 11  
  • St. Lucia, August 11 - August 17
  • Guatemala, August 17 - September 2
  • Home in the Bronx, New York City, September 3
Table of Contents
for
2012 Summer Travels
The Travels of
Steve Parelli
and
Jose Ortiz
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