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.
June 15, 2020

Youth Day 2020 Reflections

IAM invited a variety of youth to contribute their reflections on this Youth Day 2020. We encouraged them to reflect on Pride, the protests (internationally and nationally) and how the LGBTIQ+ and faith communities should be thinking about all of these interrelated issues. It is through joining our voices that we draw strength and meaning.
May 29, 2020

Opening churches…for ALL

IAM’s Ecclesia de Lange reflects on the “reopening” of places of worship, and how this new-found awareness that spiritual leaders have of the pain of being isolated and unable to seek solace in their churches might translate into a deeper understanding of the pain experienced by the LGBTIQ+ people of faith.
May 15, 2020

Breaking the silence and celebrating our voices

IAM’s Hanzline Davids and Thuli Mjwara reflect on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2020 (IDAHOBIT), Mother’s Day and the 2020 Khumbulani Pride event that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.