Rastafaris join Christians in Kabale for Way of the Cross

Rastafaris join Christians in Kabale for Way of the Cross
A Rastafari carries the cross in Kabale during the Way of the Christ Walk on Good Friday

Rev Fr Fred Birungi welcomed the participation of Rastafari, emphasising the inclusivity of the church.

A group of Rastafari in Kabale District have today joined Christians in the Way of the Cross walk, marking Good Friday.

The Good Friday sacred ceremony saw thousands of participants, including Rastafarians clad in their traditional attire.

The streets of Kabale town came alive as Christians from Kabale Diocese embarked on the solemn journey of the Way of the Cross, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Led by Rev Fr Fred Birungi of Christ the King Parish, the procession drew a diverse crowd, including an unexpected group: Rastafari.

Among the Rastafarians was Alex Tumusiime, aka Jah Born Rasta, who expressed his motivation for participating in the event.

Jah Born Rasta said he joined the walk to surrender his sins to Christ and seek forgiveness adding that they want to challenge the stereotypes that label them as individuals associated with negative activities in society.

"I joined this walk to surrender my sins to Christ and seek forgiveness. We want to challenge the stereotypes that label us as individuals associated with negative activities in society."

Jah Born Rasta emphasised the importance of faith, urging fellow Rastafarians to embrace Christianity and seek God's guidance in their lives.

His sentiments were echoed by Luke Zion and Moplex Mugisha, who invoked the wisdom of Bob Marley to emphasise the harmony between Rastafarianism and Christianity.

Thousands of Christians took to the Way of the Christ Walk in Kabale on Good Friday

Their involvement highlighted a message of reconciliation, redemption, and the desire to challenge societal stereotypes.

Rev Fr Fred Birungi welcomed the participation of Rastafari, emphasising the inclusivity of the church.

"We are delighted to see Rastafari walking alongside us, commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This demonstrates the universal message of love and redemption that transcends boundaries," he said.

The event also served as a platform for reflection and introspection for all participants. Christians emphasised the significance of Christ's suffering in renewing their lives and families, advocating for the abandonment of vices such as domestic violence and theft.

The sight of Rastafari and Christians walking together in solidarity sends a powerful message of unity and understanding.

As Kabale Diocese continues to celebrate the Easter season, the shared experience of the Way of the Cross serves as a reminder of the universal values of compassion, forgiveness, and hope.

The participation of Rastafari in the Way of the Cross procession in Kabale underscores the universal themes of redemption and reconciliation found in both Christianity and Rastafarianism.

This display of unity highlights the power of faith to transcend differences and foster understanding within communities.

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