May 29, 2020

Opening churches…for ALL

IAM’s Ecclesia de Lange reflects on the “reopening” of places of worship, and how this new-found awareness that spiritual leaders have of the pain of being isolated and unable to seek solace in their churches might translate into a deeper understanding of the pain experienced by the LGBTIQ+ people of faith.
May 15, 2020

Breaking the silence and celebrating our voices

IAM’s Hanzline Davids and Thuli Mjwara reflect on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2020 (IDAHOBIT), Mother’s Day and the 2020 Khumbulani Pride event that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 24, 2020

Status check: IAM team reflection

As part of IAM’s #CommunityofCare series, IAM’s team reflects on where they are at five weeks into working remotely and struggling together through the COVID-19 crisis. The team shares personal reflections, public celebrations, and thoughts in progress.
April 19, 2020

Sustaining our creative communities through connection

As part of IAM’s #CommunitiesofCare reflection, we asked ourselves “how do we reformulate who we are as a creative community, holding onto the best parts of who we are as we work remotely?” Two IAM staff tackled this question, reflecting on how they are continuing to work collaboratively without in-person connection, and how they are keeping that creativity alive. Issues around connection, disconnection and reconnection are important not just to our work lives at this time of crisis, but are also questions we should ask ourselves as we move to reconstruct our “normal”.
April 12, 2020

Reflections on family, in all its varied forms

As part of our #CommunityofCare work, the IAM team reflects upon a variety of things that might be of help to our community in these troubling times, from work to family to health to spirituality. In this post, IAM’s team reflect on what family means to us, and in particular what it means this Family Day, celebrated while we are in lockdown in South Africa.
April 10, 2020

I Pray that Hope is Around the Corner for All

IAM’s Michelle Boonzaaier reflects on Resurrection Sunday in a time of the global pandemic, trying to see the celebration through the eyes of transgender and gender non-conforming people for whom the promise that hope is around the corner is not forthcoming.
April 10, 2020

A Reflection on the International Transgender Day of Visibility

IAM’s Greyson V. Thela reflects on International Transgender Day of Visibility with thoughts around the legal, personal, and interpersonal challenges that still face many trans bodies, particularly in these times of crisis.
April 7, 2020

The changing nature of work in these COVID-19 times

As part of our #CommunityofCare work, the IAM team reflects upon a variety of things that might be of help to our community in these troubling times, from work to family to health to spirituality. In this post, IAM’s Hanzline Davids reflects on the changing nature of work, its power to impart meaning to our days, and how we seek help should we lose our work.
April 3, 2020

The power of rituals, symbols and practices to create meaning

As part of our #CommunityofCare work, the IAM team reflects upon a variety of things that might be of help to our community in these troubling times, from work to family to health to spirituality. In this post, IAM’s Michelle Boonzaaier reflects on the power of rituals, symbols and practices to get us through tough times and to create meaning within any situation.
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.