March 27, 2020

We are more than COVID-19 hate speech

We are concerned that those who are vulnerable in our society can easily become the scapegoat for collective and unfounded hate speech, leading to stigma and even violence. We want to invite you to join us in addressing stigmatisation in your next sermon.
March 21, 2020

I AM a community that cares

2020 marks the 25-year Celebration of Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM). As we reflect and celebrate our 25 years, we are also in the midst of a viral pandemic that is set to change our reality in ways we have not yet grasped. As an organisation we have already been affected and have had to postpone a number of events. We have had to re-evaluate what it means to say I AM HERE. As a team we have committed to journey honestly with the complexities of celebrating 25 years, while asking ourselves critical questions. One of the first questions that we are posed with is what does it mean when we say IAM is a community that cares?
March 10, 2020

IAM at 25: Our university and seminary partnerships

In celebrating our 25th anniversary, the IAM team reflects on the diverse partners and projects that inform and shape our work. IAM’s Michelle Boonzaaier looks back at the start of IAM’s partnerships with tertiary institutions, where they are today, and the spaces for co-creation that they open up today for both partners.
March 4, 2020

Pride celebrations: Today, tomorrow, maybe never?

In the wake of Cape Town Pride 2020, IAM’s Greyson V. Thela reflects on the evolution of the Pride movement, how it isn’t representative of all queer lived realities, and why, for him, he chooses other ways to show his pride in himself rather than taking part in mainstream Pride festivities. By: Greyson V. Thela
February 12, 2020

#LoveisLove

In honour of February, the month of love, the IAM team came together to reflect on what love means to us and how it manifests in our lives.
February 11, 2020

IAM Staff Profile: Greyson V. Thela

Greyson Thela, IAM’s Intersectional Process Coordinator, has always gravitated towards work focused on the protection and defense of those who can’t do so themselves. Read more about Greyson’s journey and work in this monthly series where we hand over the blog platform to IAM’s staff to share their stories and insights in their own words.
January 30, 2020

IAM Staff Profile: Marlow Newman-Valentine

Marlow Newman-Valentine joined IAM as Regional Coordinator in October 2019. His professional journey has been varied, moving from banking to inclusive church leadership to community development, yet throughout it all has run a thread of his passion and drive to end the othering of bodies and be a catalyst for social transformation. Read more about Marlow’s journey in this monthly series where we hand over the blog platform to IAM’s staff to share their stories and insights in their own words.
November 26, 2019

Reclaiming humanity through acceptance: bringing the message home

Bonganjalo (“Bonga”) Mbenenge studied theology at Stellenbosch University and took part in a number of IAM trainings and sessions, including the 2017 Queer Think Tank. In this three-part series, Bonga shares his journey to acceptance and inclusion of LGBTI people, how he is working to integrate his journey into his traditional congregation, and the importance of addressing issues of tradition and culture in our work with congregations and communities.
November 26, 2019

Reclaiming humanity through acceptance: Meet Bonga Mbenenge

Bonganjalo (“Bonga”) Mbenenge studied theology at Stellenbosch University and took part in a number of IAM trainings and sessions, including the 2017 Queer Think Tank. In this three-part series, Bonga shares his journey to acceptance and inclusion of LGBTI people, how he is working to integrate his journey into his traditional congregation, and the importance of addressing issues of tradition and culture in our work with congregations and communities.
November 19, 2019

Journeying together towards empowerment as queer people of faith

Each year IAM holds a Journey of Hope workshop as part of our work to support the empowerment of strong, mature LGBTQIA+ people with well-integrated spirituality and sexuality. Thuli Mjwara reflects on this year’s workshop and the continuing need for these open, safe spaces for discussion that help to dismantle, reimagine and reshape the religious narrative to be more inclusive of a variety of voices and bodies.