In Defense of All God’s Children

The Life and Ministry of Bishop Christopher Senyonjo

Christopher Senyonjo, Foreword by Serene Jones

May/2016, 160 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819232434

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• Well-known LBGTQ advocate, both in Uganda and internationally

Bishop Senyonjo has risked his life for justice and inclusion and become a leading advocate for the place of gay and lesbian Christians in the life of the Anglican Communion, especially in Uganda. At 83, his memoirs tell a fascinating story.

Audience: Episcopalians and Anglicans around the world, those concerned with LGBTQ issues

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Christopher Senyonjo was born and raised in Uganda. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York and Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, he has worked for the inclusion of gay and lesbian Christians within the Anglican Church of Uganda and throughout the Anglican Communion. He is also a prominent character in "God Loves Uganda" and "Call Me Kuchu," films that depict the life of LGBTQ people in Uganda.

“Sainthood turns out not to be a dramatic, one-time sacrifice, as much as it is the daily putting one’s foot in front of the other, doing the next right thing, and following Christ wherever He leads. So simple, so heroic. I continue to be inspired by Bishop Christopher, a diminutive giant of the Church and representative of Christ, no matter the risk, no matter the cost. His ministry to and with LGBTQ Ugandans is nothing short of heroic.”

The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson
Ninth Bishop of New Hampshire, The Episcopal Church

 

“Reading Bishop Senyonjo’s book, I feel like watching a movie about his life from childhood right to this day. There are some funny and tragic stories in this memoir of his. Although he has retired from the minstry, his struggle continues. He explains his theological position in a very simple way: we are all beloved children of God. The book is very inspiring. I highly recommend it.”

The Rev. Stephen Suleeman
Jakarta Theological Seminary, Indonesia 

“It is easy to talk about the cost of discipleship. It is another thing to live it. Bishop Christopher Senyonjo invites us into his journey with an intimate look at the cost of discipleship for those who minister to and with LGBTQ people in Africa. It is a powerful antidote to those who dismiss the full humanity of LGBTQ people as a “western issue” and it is a challenge to the church to be as courageous in its embrace of all God’s beloved as this Ugandan bishop has been. Bishop Christopher’s ministry has truly been iconic of Jesus’ call for us to stand with and for ‘the least of these’ and his story is a call for us to go and do likewise.”

The Rev. Canon Susan Russell
All Saints Church, Pasadena

 

“In reading Bishop Senyonjo’s life story as captured in this book, all I can hear is a resounding call that says ‘Come, discover, and follow the undiscriminating Christ as He affirms the oneness of humanity. Stand up and be counted as you speak out against all forms of discrimination including those against LGBT persons for we all and equally bear the full and complete image of God.’”

Peter Solomon Gichira
Ag. General Secretary, Pembizo Christian Council

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Keywords

  • Social Justice
  • Ministry

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