IAM at 25: Learning institutions reflect on their work with IAM (Revd. Canon Dr. Vicentia Kgabe)

IAM’s partnerships with learning institutions over the last 25 years have been an integral part of the way that we work and how we have evolved as an organisation. We reached out to a number of the partners we’ve worked with over the years and asked them to reflect on our work together and the impact that it has had on their work in the classroom.

Revd. Canon Dr. Vicentia Kgabe is the rector of the College of the Transfiguration (COTT) in Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown), Eastern Cape. The college is a training seminary for the Anglican Church in the Province of Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Angola and the Island of St Helena). IAM has had a relationship with the college since 2012. 

“We are grateful for the leadership and ministry of Inclusive Affirming Ministries and congratulate you as you celebrate 25 years. The College of Transfiguration has had the pleasure of having the IAM team coming to us not only to workshop but to build and form our community. We have seen how our students have developed a healthier way of engaging in matters related to gender issues – human sexuality and sexual harassment – and have contributed positively in their respective guilds and diocese as the Anglican Church deliberates on matters on human sexuality. Before the workshops with IAM, the discussions held around these issues were hostile, confrontational and highly polarised. The knowledge and input received from the team have been valuable, the current and past students are now better equipped and well informed and have developed sensitivity when addressing matters of human sexuality. We look forward to an ongoing working relationship with IAM as we partner in making sure that we all see God’s likeness reflected on all of us regardless of who you love, or who you like.”