Other Sheep Africa (OSA) announces newly formed Other Sheep Africa-Botswana

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DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA.  by REV. STEPHEN PARELLI.  JULY 25, 2014.

Rev. Michael Kimindu of Nairobi, Kenya, founder and president of Other Sheep Africa, has officially recognized the newly formed Other Sheep Africa-Botswana.

In an email dated July 17, 2014, to Rev. Stephen Parelli and others, Kimindu wrote:

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Michael Kimindu

An official letter of acceptance will follow in the next few days. In the meantime the Chapter Botswana is recognized and may begin operations.

Once again thank you very much and God bless us all,

Rev. Michael Kimindu
President OSA

The Coordinator for Other Sheep Africa-Botswana is the Rev. Tshenolo Moenga (email: tshenolo.j@gmail.com).  Moenga, an ordained Lutheran minister and part-time pastor, teaches practical theology at the University of Botswana in Gaborone where, she says, she integrates LGBT subject matter into her ethical and theological courses.

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Jose Ortiz, left, with Rev. Tshenolo Moengo

Moenga says she has always been interested in marginalized people especially as a woman who has, herself, been marginalized because of her gender.  While studying at Lutheran Theological Seminar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Moenga met LGBT people, many of them who were attending church.

Rev. Stephen Parelli and Mr Jose Ortiz of Other Sheep, a sister organization to Other Sheep Africa and whose offices are in the United States, were invited to Botswana by Pilot Matham Bo Centre for Men’s Health to present studies on the Bible and homosexuality and related topics in two separate meetings – one for the LGBT community, and one for religious leaders.

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Gaborone, Botswana, Clergy Breakfast. July 16, 2014.

It was out of this second meeting for religious leaders that Other Sheep Africa-Botswana was formed by both activists and professors of religion who were in attendance.  Rev Maxwell Master and Bishop J. S. Mudenda of Other Sheep Africa-Zimbabwe were in attendance, with Master presenting a workshop on Other Sheep Africa.  It was Master and Parelli, with Master taking the leadership and making the recommendation to Parelli, who together asked Moenga to serve as Coordinator for Other Sheep Africa-Botswana.

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