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Multicultural Waltham Connect: Little Kampala, Honoring the Ugandan Experience

Multicultural Waltham Connect: Little Kampala, Honoring the Ugandan Experience

Multicultural Waltham Connect: Little Kampala, Honoring the Ugandan Experience

On November 18, at 7 PM First Parish in Waltham will offer an evening of conversation entitled Multicultural Waltham Connect: Little Kampala, Honoring the Ugandan Experience. Waltham Connect is offered twice a year at First Parish to discuss issues of interest to the Waltham community. On November 18th, we will explore how Ugandans are experiencing life in “Little Kampala” In Waltham, a home away from home. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. First Parish is located at 50 Church Street in Waltham.

The evening will begin with a video that introduces a theme: Africans in the U.S. After the video, the participants will meet in groups to share their experiences adjusting to life in this region. After the conversation, three panelists will share their perspectives and points of view. They will address three key questions: What is good about living in the greater Boston area? What could the Waltham community do to be more open and welcoming to African immigrants? What are their hopeful visions for the future?

The panelists include:

Phoebe Kabarangye emigrated to the US in 1999. In 2005 she founded an Interdenominational organization that educates Ugandans about root-causes of African problems through media, seminars and workshops. Currently she works as Evangelist and Host on Radio Uganda Boston and serves as Deputy Warden in St Peter’s Anglican Church of Uganda Waltham.

Pastor Samuel Mutyaba is Senior Pastor for the New Life International Christian Center, a Ugandan community based Pentecostal Church. Pastor Mutyaba attended the East Africa School of Theology.

Anisha Namagembe is a Certified Nursing Assistant attending Middlesex College. She is the assistant publicity manager for Radio Ugandan Boston and co-founder of K’SUN, a music management group promoting local talent. Anisha is also a youth community representative.

First Parish offers the Waltham Connect series in order to live by two of the Unitarian Universalist principles:  “to value the inherent worth and dignity of every person” and “to strive for justice, equity and compassion in human relations.” First Parish is a liberal spiritual community affirming and celebrating the worth and dignity of all people. For more information, please visit www.walthamuu.org.