• 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 […]
  • IAM Staff Profile: Michelle Boonzaaier
    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 […]
  • IAM Staff Profile: Nokuthula “Thuli” Mjwara
    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 […]
  • Ecclesia’s Journey
    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 […]
  • How IAM creates safe spaces for dialogue
    Safe spaces are one of the main requirements for IAM to be able to carry out its transformative work embodied in the Wheel of Change. In this post, Ingrid Schoonraad, IAM’s Regional Programme Manager, reflects on the importance of safe spaces, what they look like in practice, and the things […]
November 1, 2018

Ecclesia’s Journey

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 […]
November 1, 2018

How IAM creates safe spaces for dialogue

Safe spaces are one of the main requirements for IAM to be able to carry out its transformative work embodied in the Wheel of Change. In this post, Ingrid Schoonraad, IAM’s Regional Programme Manager, reflects on the importance of safe spaces, what they look like in practice, and the things […]
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.