May 6, 2019

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.
April 29, 2019

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.
April 26, 2019

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.
April 16, 2019

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 […]
March 27, 2019

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.
March 27, 2019

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.
March 11, 2019

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.
February 15, 2019

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.
February 14, 2019

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.
January 31, 2019

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 […]