African Faith Voices: A New Conversation about Sexuality in Africa

A new website dedicated to sharing and amplifying African faith voices on gender and sexual diversity across Africa is being launched today. The core source of these African faith voices is the special issue “Sexuality in Africa” of the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa. This journal is published by the School of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Gerald West serves as the General Editor and Janet Trisk is the Editor of the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa.

This periodical is indexed in the ATLA Religion Database and correspondence and subscriptions for the journal are available from the School of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics. To purchase copies of the journal, please contact the administrator at jtsa@ukzn.ac.za.

This special issue emerged from a historic consultation about Religion and Human Sexuality in Africa organized by Michael J. Adee, Geronimo Desumala and Kapya Kaoma. This consultation was supported by the Global Faith and Justice Project of the Horizons Foundation; Political Research Associates and the Reference Group on Human Sexuality of the World Council of Churches. It was held August 28 – 31, 2014 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Because You Are, Therefore I Am

Michael J. Adee and Kapya Kaoma served as Guest Co-Editors for this special issue “Sexuality in Africa.” This special issue premiered at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa in July, 2016. The journal’s premiere occurred in three significant spaces at the Durban AIDS Conference: (1.) The Interfaith Pre-Conference hosted by the World Council of Churches; (2.) The Interfaith Networking Zone within the Global Village; and (3.) The workshop “Changing the Narrative in Africa: Religion, Sexual Minorities and HIV-AIDS” offered by Michael J. Adee and Jide Macaulay.

These eleven African scholars offer a new conversation about sexuality in Africa: Yvette Abrahams, Patrick Awondo, Petronella Chalwe, Beverley Haddad, Chammah J. Kaunda, Mutale Mulenga-Kaunda, Kapya Kaoma, Dora King, S.N. Nyeck, Sylvia Tamale, and Gerald West. The variety among these writers in their humanity, life experiences and writing styles illustrates that Africa is clearly not limited to one form of sexuality or sexual expression, but rather, these African voices make the case for a vibrant sexual diversity across Africa.

The first article highlighted now is “I Say, We Must Talk, Talk, Mama! Introducing African Voices on Religion, Ubuntu and Sexual Diversity” by Kapya Kaoma. We look forward to sharing the other articles in future posts. Welcome to this new conversation about sexuality in Africa.