In the video “2012 hours against hate” (1:52 minutes), the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, tells how two Christian and Muslim religious leaders are combating hated of gays and lesbians.
The leaders he cites are Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Uganda, whose counseling sessions for LGBT people led to reprisals by the Church of Uganda, and Imam Mohamed Magid of Washington, D.C., who is helping an effort to bring “authentic witnesses” to this summer’s International AIDS Conference, where they will describe the efforts of their countries’ laws against homosexuality.
Imam Magid, discussing people’s behavior to LGBT people, asks simply and surprisingly, “What would Jesus do?”
Ogle suggests that supporting these two men’s projects is one way people can volunteer for the “2012 Hours Against Hate” campaign. For further information and to make donations, visit this web page: http://compasstocompassion.org/what-can-we-do-global-equality
For people in southern California, a fund-raiser for the projects will be held later this month in Laguna Beach. The cocktail reception and awards ceremony is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Steven Lucas Fine Arts, 1945 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Tax-deductible $25 tickets can be purchased online. If you cannot attend, you can use that same link to send a tax-deductible donation.