Black Pastors Launch African Tour to Counteract Rick Warren’s Anti-Gay Movement

April 1, 2015 • Life • Views: 22318

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African-American Pastors Unite for The Fellowship Global Tour to Counteract the Anti-Gay Evangelical Christian Movement in Africa Led by Rick Warren 

The Fellowship Global Partners with Africans in Uganda, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya to Impact the Lives of African Sexual Minorities, Influence Economic Development and Encourage Democracy

New York, NY April 1, 2015 – Spearheaded by The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (“TFAM”), its founder and presiding Bishop Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder and executive director, Bishop-Elect, Pastor Joseph Tolton, the organization’s international outreach ministry, The Fellowship Global (“TFG”), has launched a month long tour of key African nations where LGBTI communities continue to experience extreme discrimination and persecution. These countries include: Uganda, Rwanda, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) and Kenya. 

Until April 30, 2015, Pastor Tolton will be on the ground working to counter this effort and provide an uplifting alternate narrative. The message advocates for inclusion, economic justice and the reconciliation of all people of African descent globally. “As black gay Christians who identify with Pentecostal worship and as people of social justice, we are countering the work of conservative, mostly white American evangelicals who are doubling down on their attempt of spiritual colonization of Africa,” said Pastor Joseph Tolton.

The mission of the tour is to: bring global attention to these human rights issues in Africa; support affirming African organizations and local movements; and, promote governmental policies and the policies of organized religious structures that support LGBTI dignity, inclusion, and justice. A variety of certified academic trainings, worship events and economic development opportunities will be made available.

TFG Ministers Worship Event in Uganda

One of the tour’s primary goals is to clearly articulate the inextricable link between the global agenda of US conservative Christians like Rick Warren, the future of Christianity, and the fate of LGBTI people in Africa. The future of Christianity is not Europe or North America, but Africa, Asia, and Latin America,” said Pastor Rick Warren. Africa is ground zero for the Christian evangelical right-wing movement. Under the veil of economic development, Rick Warren is also planning a conference in Rwanda that sells a dangerous theology. This anti-gay propaganda has spawned the passage of anti-gay legislation across Africa and notably in Nigeria, Uganda and Gambia.

In addition to promoting TFG’s message of equality and justice, the organization plans to establish new chapters of the United Coalition of Affirming Africans (“UCAA”) in the DRC and Cote d’Ivoire. UCAA chapters were established in Kenya in October 2013 and in Rwanda in May 2014. TFG will also produce at least eight spiritual/worship events to advance the message of equality before God. A variety of certified theological workshops and revival worship services will be held, as well as establishing economic development projects based on gay/straight alliances.

Please forward all interview requests and media inquiries to: Nathan Hale Williams. For more information on The Fellowship Global, please visit: The Fellowship Global.

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About The Fellowship Global (www.TheFellowshipGlobal.org): The Fellowship Global is positioned to be a catalyst for a pan-African faith movement, connecting the radically inclusive Christian movement led by African Americans and our allies to communities in Africa and throughout the diaspora. We provide pastoral care for LGBTI people and support pioneering efforts to establish an open an affirming African Christian movement.

About The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries): The Fellowship is a coalition of Christian churches and ministries, which recognize the need for networking, accountability, fellowship and resource facilitation. We are a trans-denominational fellowship that in voluntary cooperation is self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating.

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19 Responses to Black Pastors Launch African Tour to Counteract Rick Warren’s Anti-Gay Movement

  1. Pat Hendricks Munson says:

    I want to help. I want to be an active part of your mission. I just came back from my first visit on the African continent where I toured South Africa’ s Johannesburg, Soweto, Kliptown, Alexandra and surrounding areas before moving in to Cape Town. I understand the political freedom that came with the end of Apartheid. However, economically many Black Africans remain in chains.

    It will only create more setbacks, strife and division if Rick Warren is successful in delivering his anti-LGBT message of religious apartheid. We must nip this in the bud.

    I am a proud member of the LGBT spiritual community, having found my religious freedom under the pastorship of Bishop Carl Bean, founder of Unity Fellowship Church Movement based in Los Angeles. I am a United States Army Veteran who served before DADT and the new sexual/gender freedom now allowed in the military. I am a trained photojournalist, mother, grandmother and concerned citizen.

    What can I do to help this initiative?

    • Ann Craig says:

      Pat Hendricks Munson, and everyone else who would like to help, what a wonderful offer! Please go to the web site http://thefellowshipglobal.org/ and click on “TAKE ACTION” to become a member. There is a box where you can add the information about your skills and availability to help.
      May you be blessed beyond measure.

    • Fidel GAKIRE says:

      Hello dear, Hendricks! I am very grateful that we are in the same carrier (journalism) and then, you want to voluntarily to help to fight this move of Rick Warren! We have a church also concerned the care of LGBTI community in Rwanda! So, if we can be connected via email, I will be appreciative!
      Best Regards!

  2. Pastor Roger Hayes says:

    Thank God for this level of leadership. No matter what one may feel about gays and religion there has to be an awareness of the deadly injustice that is being exacted upon people. You would have to believe that a group with a different way if loving deserves to be beaten, drug into the streets and killed to not see the true value in what these men and women are doing. #blacklivesmatter #gaylivesmatter #alllivesmatter

  3. Tessa Henry-Robinson says:

    This is desperately needed at the time. Blessings

  4. Tessa Henry-Robinson says:

    This is desperately needed at this time. Blessings

  5. This is beautiful work. Thank you

  6. Pastor Darlene Bogle says:

    Please know that you are prayed for and loved deeply by this Causcian Pastor! Go in the power and authority of our God who knows no color, and loves every color! Speak truth, speak love, speak freedom.

  7. David Boston says:

    I would like to take the time , to say thank you for the work you are doing. as a GAY Black Man it’s very important to me. I want the World to know that its okay to be Gay .this is the way we were made , its not something we were taught.

  8. Thuli Mbete says:

    I would love to be involved in this movement. I am black South African woman, belongs in LGBTI community. I have experienced all sorts of discrimination and humiliation.

  9. Mwaniki Nyaga says:

    I praise God so much for the boldness He has given these brethren to spread His true message in Africa. I am in Kenya, and I believe that God will grant you households of peace to sojourn in here. Unfortunately I cannot guarantee my participation at all, but I felt the need not to be silent but to reach out with encouragement. There is some cruel opposition to be expected, but the truth of God shall yet prevail. I am open to hear and share more with you. May God prosper your good cause!

  10. Masereka Solomon says:

    Help the gay community to live without any fear, ugandan gays need your love and support to be safe.

  11. Ann Craig says:

    Pat Hendricks Munson, and everyone else who would like to help, what a wonderful offer! Please go to the web site http://thefellowshipglobal.org/ and click on “TAKE ACTION” to become a member. There is a box where you can add the information about your skills and availability to help.
    May you be blessed beyond measure.

  12. Samuel Brown says:

    Please count me in, I have been writing and blogging about this subject matter for years now…

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