February Newsletter 2016

February Newsletter 2016

Dear IAM Friends
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. We will see these goals furthered as February draws to a close when our very Ecclesia de Lange speaks at Cape Town Pride on faith and sexuality, and at the Journeys of Faith exhibit in Johannesburg. We hope you will join us!
A message to you
The beginning of any new year is a time pregnant with hope, possibility and opportunity. But, for people all across South Africa, the new year heralds a difficult period, socially and financially. It is no different for Inclusive and Affirming Ministries. 2016 looks set to be our best year yet, but without your support we may not be able to effect real, tangible change that can begin to heal our fragment nation. We ask that you visit our website to find out more about what we do, and how you can contribute
Learn with IAM
This month, we have focused on the problem of the "Maiden's Bursary", where young girls are required to be and remain virgins in order to gain access to university through a scholarship which enforces invasive virginity testing. Our focus here ties in with our mission at IAM, and that is to encourage people of faith to integrate their sexuality with their spirituality. Thus we need to deeply reflect on the gift of sexuality and the courage needed to journey authentically, as a full human being. Critical reflection is needed on how our interpretations based on culture, tradition and faith regarding “female sexuality”, virginity, autonomy etc. empower or prescribe to us how we journey with human sexuality, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). It is important to understand the issues at play in our country and sparking thoughtful and critical debate. The only way forward is through dialogue. Read our view here.

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