September 28, 2020

IAM at 25: Faith partners reflect on their work with IAM (Rev. Stefan Hippler)

IAM works closely with faith partners in various denominations in our community to effect lasting and transformative change. We reached out to several faith partners we’ve interacted with over the years and asked them to reflect on our work together and the impact that IAM has on their work and the community more broadly. Rev. Stefan Hippler, a Catholic Priest and Executive Chair of the HOPE Cape Town Trust, speaks to us about the value of the community that IAM brings together, and the important role its work with mainline denominations plays in the lives of many.
September 23, 2020

IAM staff reflects on what Heritage Day means to them

This South African Heritage Day, IAM staff took a few minutes to reflect on what the day means to them. From food to dress, to identity and legacy, the day is an important time for all of us in South Africa to celebrate our diverse heritage and keep interrogating the parts of our culture that are oppressive or exclusionary.
September 21, 2020

Bisexuality Awareness week 2020

Bisexuality Awareness week is celebrated globally from the 16th to the 23rd of September. The week, also known as #BiWeek, serves to celebrate, educate, and raise awareness on bisexual history, the bisexual community and to amplify voices of people who identify as bisexual.
September 16, 2020

IAM at 25: Faith partners reflect on their work with IAM (Graham Goodwin)

IAM works closely with faith partners in various denominations in our community to effect lasting and transformative change. We reached out to several faith partners we’ve interacted with over the years and asked them to reflect on our work together and the impact that IAM has on their work and the community more broadly. Graham Goodwin, Minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, speaks with us about the power of coming together and connecting as queer clergy, the importance of micro-level shifts at the individual and congregational level, and IAM’s work in the seminaries impacting the next generation of leaders.
September 14, 2020

The School’s Out project: how do religion and faith impact comprehensive sexuality education in high schools across Eastern and Southern Africa?

IAM’s Regional Programme Coordinator Marlow Newman-Valentine introduces us to IAM’s newest initiative: collaborative research partner on the School's Out Project, focused on the role of religion and faith in comprehensive sexuality education in high schools across Eastern and Southern Africa.
September 10, 2020

IAM at 25: Faith partners reflect on their work with IAM (Robert Steiner)

IAM works closely with faith partners in various denominations in our community to effect lasting and transformative change. We reached out to several faith partners we’ve interacted with over the years and asked them to reflect on our work together and the impact that IAM has on their work and the community more broadly. Robert Steiner of Rondebosch United Church speaks with us about how the congregation has become more welcoming and affirming over the years, about setbacks at the policy level, and about the hope of incremental change for lasting transformation.
August 25, 2020

IAM at 25: Faith Partnerships (Part 2)

In celebrating our 25th anniversary, the IAM team reflects on the diverse partners and projects that inform and shape our work. In this series, we spoke with a variety of our faith partners about their experiences working with IAM over the years and the importance of IAM’s role. IAM’s Hanzline R. Davids frames these discussions with two posts that look at our work through the lens of promoting human rights, and how we use faith and the Bible as a sacred text to counter and create meaningful alternatives to harmful religious fundamentalism. This post is part two of two.
August 25, 2020

IAM at 25: Faith Partnerships (Part 1)

In celebrating our 25 th anniversary, the IAM team reflects on the diverse partners and projects that inform and shape our work. In this series, we spoke with a variety of our faith partners about their experiences working with IAM over the years and the importance of IAM’s role. IAM’s Hanzline R. Davids frames these discussions with two posts that look at our work through the lens of promoting human rights, and how we use faith and the Bible as a sacred text to counter and create meaningful alternatives to harmful religious fundamentalism. This post is part one of two.
August 14, 2020

IAM at 25: Civil Society partners reflect on their work with IAM (Jacqui Benson)

Investments in partnerships with individual activists and organisations in our community form an integral part of how IAM is effecting change. We reached out to several civil society partners we’ve interacted with over the years and asked them to reflect on our work together and the impact that IAM has on their work and the community more broadly. Jacqui Benson, a Jewish queer activist, speaks with us about how she is advocating for greater awareness of the needs of the LGBTIQ+ people within existing community structures, and the importance of opening spaces for greater interfaith dialogue and collaborative action.
August 11, 2020

IAM at 25: Civil Society partners reflect on their work with IAM (Melanie Judge)

Investments in partnerships with individual activists and organisations in our community form an integral part of how IAM is effecting change. We reached out to several civil society partners we’ve interacted with over the years and asked them to reflect on our work together and the impact that IAM has on their work and the community more broadly. Melanie Judge, queer feminist activist and scholar, speaks with us about IAM’s radical history and the importance of continued work in faith spaces.