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Posted June 23, 2011 04:57 pm - Updated June 24, 2011 11:05 pm

Unitarian Universalist churches get involved in Pride weekend

The Rev. Mark Kiyimba
The Rev. Mark Kiyimba, head of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Uganda, will speak in Augusta and Aiken.

Unitarian Universalist churches in Aiken and Augusta will host the Rev. Mark Kiyimba on Sunday as part of Pride weekend, a gay right's march and festival in its second year in Augusta. The pastor, head of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Uganda, has been making headlines for standing up against anti-homosexual legislation that threatened the lives of gays and lesbians living in Uganda.


He recently fled Uganda and is traveling the United States to share about the recently shelved bill, which was first introduced in 2009 and drew widespread condemnation from world leaders.


In Aiken ...
WHAT: The Rev. Mark Kiyimba meets at the Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church for a morning service, potluck and screening of the short documentary film Homosexuality: Africa's Last Taboo
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church, 115 Gregg Ave., Aiken
LEARN MORE: Call (803) 644-3304


In Augusta ...
WHAT: A screening of the documentary, Missionaries of Hate, about anti-homosexual legislation in Uganda with the Rev. Mark Kiyimba prior to the evening service
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way Extension
WHEN: 5:45 p.m. Sunday


WHAT: Walking In the Light of Love, a service with the Rev. Mark Kiyimba followed by a question and answer session
WHERE: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
LEARN MORE: See uuaugusta.org.