November 25, 2021

Ujamaa and IAM pilot a contextual Bible study for trans diverse inclusion

As one way to combat the exclusion and erasure of diverse bodies from conversations in church, academy, and society, Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM) and the Ujamaa Centre in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) started the process in 2020 of developing a series of Contextual Bible Study (CBS) processes to contest the conservative readings of the Bible that are often life-denying towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) people.
October 21, 2021

Growing safety concerns impact IDNOWA’s LGBTIQ+ work in Ghana

Davis Mac-Iyalla, the Executive Director of the Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa (IDNOWA), reflects on how recent anti-LGBTIQ+ sentiment in Ghana impacted IDNOWA’s participation in IAM’s regional partner monitoring, evaluation and learning convening.
October 13, 2021

Counter Communities of Care

IAM and UKZN’s recently hosted Queer Clergy Think Tank brought together queer clergy, traditional healers, allies and students to co-create a space where the LGBTIQ+ community could find a space of renewal.
October 12, 2021

Launch of The Bible and “Homosexuality”: A Toolkit

IAM has created a new resource, “The Bible and Homosexuality: A Toolkit.” The publication was officially launched 30 Sept 2021, with panellists and participants invited to contribute to the continual review and co-creation of the resource.
October 11, 2021

Activism from a place of rest and reflection

IAM’s Michelle Boonzaaier reflects on the need for rest and reflection to keep our activism work moving forward, and how IAM is building those principles into our work in South Africa and across the continent.
September 28, 2021

Schools Out: Research synthesis report

From 2018-2020, IAM took part in the Schools Out project looking at the role of faith and religion in comprehensive sexuality education across seven countries in Africa. In “Amplifying teachers’ voices for inclusive education,” we spoke with 16 high school teachers in four countries to better understand their perspectives on teaching and supporting CSE in their contexts.
September 27, 2021

Reflecting on and celebrating the bisexual journey

This month IAM celebrates Bisexuality Awareness Week with a blog piece written by Red Luminah reflecting on the history of the bisexuality movement and the beauty in the bisexual journey.
September 23, 2021

Schools Out: Research synthesis report

From 2018-2020, IAM took part in the Schools Out project looking at the role of faith and religion in comprehensive sexuality education across seven countries in Africa. In “Reflections on religion, faith and comprehensive sexuality education,” we spoke with our local partners to understand their experiences implementing the project.
August 20, 2021

Jon Qwelane was guilty of hate speech – take note, Faith Communities!

IAM’s Hanzline R. Davids looks at the recent Constitutional Court ruling that found Jon Qwelane guilty of hate speech, what it means for the wider faith community, and how we can alter our language in faith spaces to create more life-affirming communities.
August 3, 2021

Reflections from IAM’s Human Sexuality and Gender Diversity workshop

Earlier this year, IAM partnered with the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch to host the annual Human Sexuality and Gender Diversity workshop for students in the Masters of Divinity programme. Several participants and faculty share here their reflections on the workshop.
December 8, 2020

Looking forward: Imagining IAM’s future

As we close our year of looking back at IAM’s work over the past 25 years, IAM’s Director Ecclesia de Lange takes a moment to share our vision for IAM’s future.
November 24, 2020

Remembering IAM’s past, celebrating the people

As we come together to celebrate IAM’s 25th anniversary, we take time to remember and honour our staff, leadership, board, and partners without whom we would not have been able to do this work.
November 16, 2020

IAM at 25: Learning institution partners reflect – UKZN

IAM’s partnerships with tertiary learning institutions form an integral part of the way that IAM works. We reached out to a number of our partners that 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. Professor Charlene van der Walt and three UKZN students reflect on the importance of the work that IAM is doing in the field of Gender and Religion.
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.
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.