Tuesday, February 1, 2011

For Him We Prayed

As I noted in this post, the Mad Priest had suggested that all Episcopalians and Anglicans work to undo the travesty committed at Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato's funeral by conducting a proper funeral service in our own houses of worship. Mother Phoebe McFarlin took up that call, and yesterday, she and I read Burial Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer for our brother in Christ.

The scripture readings were the same ones from Sunday as noted in my post from that day. And we shared in a Eucharist dedicated to his life and the desire to see his life in resurrection lived out by many who will continue the drumbeat for full equality for all of God's children.

Mtr. Phoebe gave me her sermon notes:

David showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate. He was a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom. David tirelessly devoted himself to improving life for others.

I will add that he was a conscience in the body of Christ and a light that will not be so easily extinguished.

There is a memorial service planned for David Kato in New York City at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive at 12th Street on Monday, Feb. 7th at 7pm.

Meanwhile, "The Family", the group that has funneled money and helped prop up the homophobia and evangelical evil in Uganda is hosting the annual National Prayer Breakfast for U.S. politicians this Thursday. Gay rights activists are planning to be outside the Washington Hilton to offer an alternative "Breakfast Without Bigotry". I'm half-tempted to have my own "B w/o B" at Black Dog Cafe. We'll call it "Coffee without the Crap".

New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson has joined with Auburn Theological Seminary to call for the National Prayer Breakfast organizers to pray for David Kato.


Anders said...

Thank you so much for saying the prayers for dear David. Much apreciated.

SCG said...

You're welcome, Anders.