• 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.
September 28, 2018

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 […]
September 11, 2018

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.
March 7, 2016

February Newsletter 2016

2016 has officially begun, and the new year has been filled with challenges that have the potential to become exciting opportunities. Change is on the horizon in our country and we at IAM are working to make sure that the change is positive.At the start of this month we hosted a yearly workshop with the MTH Gender and Health students from the University of Stellenbosch's Faculty of Theology. On their visit, they were acquainted with the huge difficulties facing the LGBTQIA+ communities in South Africa's townships. This is part of our push to further understanding and acceptance in communities.
March 2, 2016

Archbishop to Far Right: Navigating the Marriage Issue

The beginning of the year has seen some important moves, both forward and backward, for the Anglican Church. On January the 15th, 2016 the global Anglican communion was brought together by the leader of their faith, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, so that the church might prevent further fracturing. The threat of a schism which would carve a deep fissure in the Anglican community stems from U.S. province’s decision to support same-sex marriage. Over the past few years there has been mounting pressure on church organisations the world over to rethink the official stance that marriage is only between a man and a woman, in addition to pleas for the church to simply welcome LGBTQIA+ communities into the church at all. While the latter has gained a lot more traction, with various NGOs working with churches and communities to facilitate dialogue between stakeholders.
January 29, 2016

The Problem of Sex

Popular imagination tells us that if there is anything to be learned from the history of psychoanalysis and psychology, it’s that sex and our minds are intertwined in a complex web of tensions. South Africa’s national psychology then, serves as a case study in hyperbole. South Africa has some of the highest rape statistics in the world, with someone being raped every four minutes, and a woman being murdered by her intimate partner every 8 hours. Combine this with the single highest rate of HIV infection in the world, and it’s easy to see a problem. The issue is also not a new one. In fact, according to Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola, it is deeply rooted in South Africa’s past.
December 10, 2015

Ek is gay en was ‘n predikant

(Geskryf deur Gert Janse van Rensburg) Geagte Leser Dis met moedeloosheid en ook ‘n diepe teleurstelling dat ek weer die afgelope paar weke die media dophou en oor en oor lees oor die sogenaamde “sensitiewe” vraagstuk oor gay mense in die kerk en binne die Christelike geloof. Party brawe persone staan op vir gay mense en word dan uitgekryt as valse leraars wat die Woord verdraai en wat ‘n sogenaamde sonde wil goedpraat. “Dit kan nie!” is die reaksies van baie. Die kerk en in die besonder die Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (NHK) is traag en sleep voete om hierdie “sensitiewe” kwessie aan te pak en eens en vir altyd ‘n finale besluit daaroor te neem. In die proses is hulle besig om al hoe meer irrelevant te word in die samelewing en duisende mense diep te verwond – nie net gay persone nie maar ook hul families en vriende. Ek is gebore, gedoop, gekatkiseer en is ook opgelei as predikant binne die NHK.