• IAM’s Wheel of Change in Focus: Care for Changemakers
    Support and care is an important key to IAM’s theory of change. At IAM our team is our greatest asset. Part of building a sustainable organisation is to make sure that staff take care of themselves – mentally, spiritually and physically. We work in a hostile religious, social and political environment, therefore taking care of ourselves is of utmost importance.
  • IAM Regional Partners Profile: SPREC Uganda
    In this series we introduce you to IAM’s regional partners. Andrew Talemwa, Program Manager for IAM’s partner in Uganda, St. Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre (SPREC) tells us about the problems the LGBTI faith community face in Uganda and SPREC’s work.
  • IAM’s Wheel of Change in Focus: Open Doors
    IAM’s Wheel of Change has been developed as a tool for dialogue over the past 24 years. During training we invite participants to position themselves at any place inside or outside the wheel. The reason for this is that dialogue begins at any and every point on the wheel, even on the outside. All dialogue begins with choosing to listen.
  • Understanding Radical Love
    Sarah Lane, a graduate student at UKZN, reflects on a recent workshop with IAM, challenging the performance of Christ’s radical love in the season of Passover, and examines how faith spaces include and exclude and limit diverse human beings.
  • Laying the foundations for change
    IAM’s work with the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) and role in the recent landmark court case The Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) is one of the many denominations within Southern- and Eastern Africa that IAM has lobbied with and with whom we have done intensive advocacy work to bring issues of […]
  • The genesis of IAM’s regional partnerships
    In November 2009, IAM and The Rainbow Project (TRP) Namibia hosted the First African Dialogue on Christian Faith and Sexuality. 77 Participants from 13 African countries participated. This dialogue was unique in its aim to show people of faith, be they lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or straight, that they can be Christians who are open about their sexuality and beliefs. It was a first encounter for many participating clergy (some commented that they “had never seen a LGBTI person!”) and LGBTI people (some reported they were “scared of the power religious leaders hold in their communities”) to talk with one another. Most participants expected a fight, some a war, instead IAM and TRP created a space where people could be themselves and respect diversity.
  • IAM Partner Profile: Madalene Isaacks/TULINAM
    A blessing because I realised what it was that always set me apart from the rest of my peers/friends. What is was that made me shy away from the normal ‘boy talks’, from get togethers organised to create opportunities for making out and possible relationships, why I was impatient with the excitement, the giggles, the silliness, the affected mannerisms (I later realised that was some form of flirting) that my girlfriends experienced around and about boys.
  • IAM Staff Profile: Ingrid Schoonraad
    Ingrid Schoonraad, IAM’s Regional Program Manager, has collaborated with IAM since 2003. Working with LGBTI and faith organisations throughout the region, Ingrid realises that the struggle that LGBTI people face is similar no matter which country we come from, and she has been inspired by the courageous work people are doing despite the challenges they face. Read more about Ingrid’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.
  • Queer Theology: Blowing Bubbles of Resistance?
    The term queer was adopted by activists and advocates to destabilise the identity politics of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement, bringing into focus issues of intersectionality between gender, sexuality, race, class, poverty, health and disability. IAM’s Hanzline R. Davis looks at how Queer Theology has impacted the church, and whether there are other opportunities for Africans to reconfigure long-held “truths” of culture, the Bible and tradition that continue to hold us captive.
  • IAM Staff Profile: Hanzline R. Davids
    Hanzline R. Davids, IAM’s Process Coordinator, has walked a long road to reconcile his faith and his sexuality, facing the often vast chasm between what the church publicly professes around LGBTI acceptance and the reality. Read more about Hanzlline’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.
  • LGBTI persecution in Zimbabwe – Hillary Mugari’s story
    Throughout the African continent, LGBTI individuals face harsh realities of persecution, discrimination and often violence. In many instances, the church itself is complicit in the injustice, and doesn’t provide any solace or support. As an organization known for its work supporting the LGBTI community throughout Africa, IAM is often approached […]
  • IAM Staff Profile: Michelle Boonzaaier
    In this monthly series, we hand over the blog platform to IAM’s staff to share their own journeys, stories and insights in their own words. Though our journeys are all unique and individual, many of us share common challenges and dilemmas as we simply attempt to lead our lives as […]
  • IAM Staff Profile: Nokuthula “Thuli” Mjwara
    In this monthly series, we hand over the blog platform to IAM’s staff to share their own journeys, stories and insights in their own words. Though our journeys are all unique and individual, many of us share common challenges and dilemmas as we simply attempt to lead our lives as […]
  • Ecclesia’s Journey
    In this monthly series, we hand over the blog platform to IAM’s staff to share their own journeys, stories and insights in their own words. Though our journeys are all unique and individual, many of us share common challenges and dilemmas as we simply attempt to lead our lives as […]
  • How IAM creates safe spaces for dialogue
    Safe spaces are one of the main requirements for IAM to be able to carry out its transformative work embodied in the Wheel of Change. In this post, Ingrid Schoonraad, IAM’s Regional Programme Manager, reflects on the importance of safe spaces, what they look like in practice, and the things […]
  • IAM’s Wheel of Change Unpacked
    Since its inception in 1995, IAM has learned through trial and error that there is a way to create change around a contentious and controversial issue like homosexuality within faith communities in Africa. To capture that work, IAM developed a theory of change that is inclusive and affirming, and that […]
  • IAM Staff Profile: Retha Benadé
    In this monthly series, we hand over the blog platform to IAM’s staff to share their own journeys, stories and insights in their own words. Though our journeys are all unique and individual, many of us share common challenges and dilemmas as we simply attempt to lead our lives as people of faith while loving whom we love.