Gay rights advocates question Obama's prayer breakfast appearance
President Barack Obama and wife Michelle at Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast
February 4th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

Gay rights advocates question Obama's prayer breakfast appearance

By Padmananda Rama, CNN

Washington (CNN) – As President Barack Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, demonstrators outside reignited a simmering debate over the role the breakfast's organizers in an attempt to pass anti-gay legislation in Uganda.

Gay rights activists urged President Obama not to attend this year’s National Prayer Breakfast accusing the Fellowship Foundation - which hosts the annual event - of promoting anti-gay legislation in Uganda.

“We would love for the President to come out and join us at the “Breakfast without Bigotry,” said Michael Dixon, an organizer with GetEqualDC who organized Thursday's prayer breakfast demonstrations.


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Filed under: Africa • Barack Obama • Christianity • Gay rights • Politics • Uganda

October 28th, 2010
12:26 PM ET

Ugandan anti-gay measure will be law soon, lawmaker says

The member of the Ugandan Parliament behind a controversial "anti-gay" bill that would call for stiff penalties against homosexuality - including life imprisonment and the death penalty - says that the bill will become law "soon."

"We are very confident," David Bahati told CNN, "because this is a piece of legislation that is needed in this country to protect the traditional family here in Africa, and also protect the future of our children."

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Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Gay rights • Homosexuality • Politics • Uganda

July 12th, 2010
08:04 PM ET

Church awaits word on members injured in Uganda bombings

Tim and Debbie Bingaman, whose foster son was injured in the Uganda blasts, reading the bible in Christ Community United Methodist Church.

CNN correspondent Mary Snow filed this report today from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania:

Members of the Christ Community United Methodist Church in rural Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania walked in and out of their church throughout the day, desperate for information about five fellow congregants injured in Sunday’s terror bombings in Uganda.

As some prayed, others checked their Facebook pages and emails for any updates. The pastor, the Rev. Kathleen Kind fielded a steady flow of phone calls from members and reporters. And the church updated its own mission website with the latest news.

The attack is testing the faith of a small town church that never thought terrorism would hit home.


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Filed under: Africa • Methodist • Missionaries • Uganda

July 12th, 2010
03:11 PM ET

My take: In face of Uganda blasts, mission spirit endures

A doctor treats a victim of the Kampala blasts on Sunday.

Editor's Note: Thomas Kemper is General Secretary of the United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries, which works is more than 125 countries.

By Thomas Kemper, Special to CNN

The thoughts and prayers of the United Methodist mission community are with all those injured and the families of the persons killed in the bombing in Kampala, Uganda on July 11. We join our hearts to the injured mission volunteers from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, several from Christ Community Church, a United Methodist congregation.

We are thankful that no one was injured in another volunteer mission group from Alabama in Uganda at the same time.

Short-term, voluntary service has become a common and compelling experience in Christian mission today. Groups such as the one from Selinsgrove working in Uganda go to many places, especially in summer, to join with local churches in building, educational, medical, and evangelism projects.


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Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Methodist • Uganda • Violence

July 12th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

Pastor to wounded missionaries in Uganda: 'God is bigger than any evil'

People watch the World Cup final at a restaurant in Kampala late on July 11, moments before blasts tore through the crowds.

The Rev. Kathleen Kind leads the Pennsylvania congregation that saw five missionaries injured in yesterday's Uganda bombings. She spoke with CNN Monday morning about the condition of the injured and about how the incident would affect future missions at the 500-member Christ Community United Methodist Church in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

What’s the latest on the injured missionaries from your church?

Those injured are receiving medical treatment and a number of them are en route to other hospitals for more specific or higher quality medical services. Everybody is alive and everybody is stable. We had six people in our group and five of them were injured, some seriously. Some of the wounds involve broken bones and shrapnel. The State Department, the consulate and the General Board of Global Ministries, an agency of the United Methodist Church, are all working together to provide as much care as necessary for our team members.


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Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Methodist • Missionaries • Protestant • Uganda

July 12th, 2010
09:09 AM ET

American missionaries injured in Ugandan blast

Among those injured in the Sunday night bombings in Uganda that left at least 74 dead were a group of American missionaries.  CNN's Don Lemon spoke with the Rev. Kathleen Kind, the pastor from the missionaries' home church, Christ Community United Methodist Church, in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

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