Sermon by Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana of Burundi.
We often speak of the heroes from our Unitarian history who have endured hardship for this faith. On Sunday, we welcome one to our pulpit.
This weekend it will be an honour to welcome back to First welcome the Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana. As many of you will recall, Fulgence founded the Unitarian Church of Burundi and served as its minister for several years before facing political persecution resulting in his arrest and his church being fire bombed. After several weeks in prison, and with serious concern for his life, Fulgence was released—in large part because of pressure put on the government of Burundi by Unitarian Universalists around the globe. Immediately upon his release, Fulgence fled the country. Last spring, the Canadian Unitarian Council was instrumental in Fulgence being granted refugee status in Canada. He is now serving the congregation in Saksatoon (where there is a significant Burundian population) as their Intern Minister, as he completes the requirements to be licenced as a minister in North America.
Fulgence is to me a dear friend and colleague. I had the pleasure of travelling with him through Kenya a couple of years ago, and have gotten to know him over the years as a man of deep character and unwavering commitment to our faith. On Sunday, he’ll speak to the compassion that got him out of prison and kept many of his people hopeful in their countries of exile. Fulgence will share his dramatic but compassion filled story with his strong belief that compassion can build a better world.
See you on Sunday.
In faith and love,
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