Anglican observer to the UN to speak in Columbus

Hellen Grace Wangusa, the Anglican observer at the United Nations since 2007, will speak and preach this weekend in Columbus.

On Friday, Wangusa will make a presentation at 1 p.m. at the International House of Columbus State University, 6 Clearview Circle.

On Sunday, she will preach at the 8 a.m. service at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2100 Hilton Ave.; make a presentation during the Sunday school hour at 9:15 a.m. and preach at the 10:30 a.m. service.

In representing the Anglican Communion at the United Nations, Wangusa has a responsibility to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the secretary general of the Anglican Communion to provide regular briefings and a flow of accurate information on critical issues that come before the U.N. general assembly, according to Episcopal News Service.

A lay woman from Uganda, Wangusa has worked as the National Women's coordinator for the Anglican Church of Uganda and was responsible for developing national programs and fundraising.

From 1997-2004, Wangusa was coordinator of the African Women's Economic Policy Network (AWEPON), a faith-based women's organization in Africa that also coordinates the UN's Millennium Campaign for Eastern Africa. In this role, she advocated for policies that meet the needs of women, children and those from marginalized groups, and ensured that those most affected were central in influencing economic decision-making.

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