IAM has grown over the years and is proud to highlight

IAM has grown over the years and is proud to highlight

  • A comprehensive research project conducted in 2000, involving 3600 clergy from 7 different denominations, assessing their knowledge, exposure and attitude towards homosexualityattitude_index
  • Providing counselling to 1200 gay and lesbian individuals
  • Creating the IAM documentary, Created in the image of God, which has been sold or distributed to more than 2000 individuals and faith communities
  • Creating the documentary, Ter Wille van ons Kinders (For the sake of our Children), the story of the journey of parents with gay or lesbian children, which was distributed to all Dutch Reformed Synod members in 2007 and to 1000 concerned individuals
  • Publishing Homosexuality and the Bible, a booklet on the anti-gay texts of the Bible Producing and printing a Bible Study Series, Journey With God, for support groups on the anti-gay texts
  • Hosting 11 conferences, of which the Patriarchy Conference in March 2009, included speakers, Prof. Tinyeko Maluleke, Dr. Christina Landman, and Dr. Sarojini Nadar
  • Participating in 24 national radio programmes, 5 regional radio talk-shows and 3 national television interviews
  • Writing and distributing over 30 articles to raise awareness on LGBTI matters
  • Establishing IThemba Lam, the organisation’s resource centre and safe house, which is fully operational in the township community
  • Staff members of IAM acting as guest speakers at 8 other conferences or gatherings, attended by more than 700 clergy and/or lay leadership from mainline Christian faith communities
  • Addressing more than 100 faith communities and exposing them to stories of what it means to be homosexual and Christian
  • Ad hoc committees on homosexuality from 5 different mainline faith communities used IAM’s expertise in their discussions
  • Developing Journey of Hope, a 2-day training workshop that empower LGBTI people to integrate their sexuality with their spirituality
  • Partnering with The Rainbow Project (TRP) of Namibia and working with them extensively for the past 5 years
  • Working with a LGBTI group in Malawi and supporting LGBTI individuals in Lesotho
  • Conducting in-depth work with two faith communities, Dutch Reformed and Anglican, to promote and stimulate dialogue and to assist them with needs analysis and planning towards becoming inclusive faith communities
  • Creating the IAM website and an electronic newsletter. The newsletter, covering a wide range of topics, is published quarterly and presently reaches over 1000 individuals
  • Making 2 written and 4 verbal submissions to the Portfolio Committees of Parliament dealing with the Same-Sex Marriage Bill
  • The Director’s contribution to the book, Aliens in the Household of God, which addresses homophobia within Southern Africa churches
  • The book Christian and Gay (Gelowig en Gay), which was co-authored by the Director and published in 2001. This book has since been sold out
  • Performing 52 marriages or civil partnerships for LGBTI couples on request. 2 Of IAM’s staff members and 1 board member were trained as marriage officials under the Civil Union Bill of 2006. As individual clergy cannot apply to be registered marriage officers, Good Hope Metropolitan Church made the application on behalf of the staff, who are affiliated pastors to this faith community. Pastors of IAM are amongst the few clergy in South Africa who can tend to the growing need for blessings and counselling support in preparing LGBTI couples for marriage or civil partnerships
  • Establishing a working relationship with 3 theological seminaries in Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg where IAM became part of post-graduate studies and did presentations on diversity awareness, sexuality and spirituality.