November 2, 2020

IAM at 25: Faith partners reflect on their work with IAM (Bishop Raphael Hess)

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. Bishop Raphael Hess, Bishop of the Diocese of Saldhana Bay of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, speaks with us about the work his diocese has done with IAM’s support over the years.
October 29, 2020

What I’ve learned about transformation from living alongside mental illness

In honour of October’s focus on mental health awareness, IAM’s Michelle Boonzaaier reflects on lessons she’s learned from living alongside mental illness for over 25 years that we can all apply to our work in transformation.
October 27, 2020

Show some respect! Using people’s preferred personal pronouns

International Pronouns Day is celebrated each year in October, and reminds us how important it is to respect and use individuals’ preferred personal pronouns.
October 26, 2020

Telling her story: Nombulelo Khumalo

Nombulelo Khumalo is an Honours student, queer activist and student Methodist minister in KZN. She spoke with IAM about how showing up and telling her story is one of the most powerful tools she has to encourage change, and how she hopes understanding her queer, intersex reality can help others to see the issues differently.
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.