August 20, 2021

Jon Qwelane was guilty of hate speech – take note, Faith Communities!

IAM’s Hanzline R. Davids looks at the recent Constitutional Court ruling that found Jon Qwelane guilty of hate speech, what it means for the wider faith community, and how we can alter our language in faith spaces to create more life-affirming communities.
August 3, 2021

Reflections from IAM’s Human Sexuality and Gender Diversity workshop

Earlier this year, IAM partnered with the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch to host the annual Human Sexuality and Gender Diversity workshop for students in the Masters of Divinity programme. Several participants and faculty share here their reflections on the workshop.
July 19, 2021

A call to action to end the violence against the LGBTI community

In an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, IAM’s Greyson V. Thela notes that though actions have been taken they are not yet enough to truly protect the lives of LGBTI people in South Africa.
July 12, 2021

Queering days of remembrance for LGBTIQ+ wellness

IAM’s Hanzline R. Davids reflects on his own journey and how remembering and reconstructing the meaning of our past can itself be a path towards wellness and healing for queer bodies and communities.
July 8, 2021

Reinterpreting ancient texts to end the violence against LGBTIQ+ people

With the backdrop of the recent escalation of violence against the LGBTIQ+ community in South Africa, IAM’s Michelle Boonzaaier reflects on Acts 8:26-40 as a call for faith leaders to reinterpret ancient texts in ways that contribute meaningfully towards spreading messages of inclusion and love rather than violence and violation against LGBTIQ+ people. #enoughisenough
July 5, 2021

Inclusive & Affirming Ministries (IAM) mourns the passing of Reverend Phumzile Mabizela

Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM) is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Rev. Phumzile Mabizela, board member and ally in the struggle towards a more inclusive and affirming faith space on the African continent.
June 25, 2021

Focusing on the rainbow behind the dark clouds

Despite the hope that is celebrated by many in the LGBTIQ+ community worldwide in June, the continued violence and fight for our lives in South Africa leads many of us to wonder when we’ll really be able to celebrate our freedom. IAM’s Thuli Mjwara urges us to focus on the rainbow behind the dark clouds and celebrate our wins, no matter how small, and continue fighting for the freedom we ALL deserve.
June 17, 2021

Can faith be trusted as a sanctuary for LGBTQI+ people during a pandemic of violence?

International Day against homophobia, biphobia, intersexphobia and transphobia (IDAHOBIT), IAM took part in a powerful webinar moderated by Justice Edwin Cameron, with guests Dr Anastasia Thomson, Siya Khumalo, and Imam Muhsin Hendricks. Each shared their personal stories of faith sexuality, and asked the question of how faith can be viewed as a safe space for LGBTIQ+ people in our current climate of violence.
May 17, 2021

Counter Communities of Care: IAM’s third queer think tank

IAM has hosted two queer think tanks since 2015, each building on the previous learnings and providing a space for queer clergy, faith leaders and allies to analyse, assess and strategise towards the inclusion and recognition of LGBTIQ+ people in the faith landscape in South Africa.
May 12, 2021

‘You are Muted, Unmute Yourself:’ An Open Letter to South African Church Leaders on the Plight of the LGBTIQ+ People

It is a silent genocide! People whose sexuality is diverse and whose gender identities do not conform to heteronormativity - namely, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-diverse, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) people - are on the receiving end of barbarism in South Africa. We are stirred by this horrifying development to pen down this open letter to you, gravely disturbed that you are invisible, inactive, and muted as this evil unfolds.