Magazine article Anglican Journal

First-Timer Valued Gracious Debates: Transplanted Ugandan Liked the Fellowship

Magazine article Anglican Journal

First-Timer Valued Gracious Debates: Transplanted Ugandan Liked the Fellowship

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St. Catharines, Ont.

Delegates from the diocese of Rupert's Land immediately put forward the name of Canon Godfrey Mawejje when asked to recommend a newcomer to General Synod that Anglican Journal could interview.

It was easy to see why. Mr. Mawejje (pronounced mah-WEDGE-ay), originally a priest from Uganda who immigrated with his family to Canada in 1992, is difficult to ignore. Not only does he wear the colourful and intricately woven clothes of his homeland, he made sure he introduced himself to other delegates that he saw. "I am so happy to see you," he said with a big smile to each person he met, moving to shake hands.

Meeting people was for him the highlight of General Synod. "I liked the fellowship," he said. "It was nice to meet people from everywhere. One is happy to see you and there's a feeling of belonging."

A member of the antiracism working group, Mr. Mawejje took part in a presentation about a draft antiracism charter. He also participated in worship services and spoke at an open forum with United Nations special envoy Stephen Lewis for HIV/AIDS in Africa, commenting to the gathering on how women get AIDS when they are raped during war. During a reception hosted by his Winnipeg-based diocese, he gamely wore the traditional voyageur's sash that Rupert's Land is known for and warmly welcomed delegates by handing out drink chits. …

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