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.
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.