From Journal of Theology for Southern Africa

Lessons from Nature and the Import of Homophobia

Dr. Yvette Abrahams lives close to the earth, on an organic farm outside of Cape Town, South Africa and she cares deeply about the earth. As a LGBTI activist and an advocate for gender equality, climate change is her current ethical interest.

In nature, Abrahams reminds us that over 450 animal species exhibit homosexual behavior while only one is known to exhibit homophobiathe human species. In her article “Thank You for Making Me Stronger: Sexuality, Gender and Environmental Spirituality,” she locates species diversity in a pan-Africanist discourse which argues that the true cultural import is homophobia.

Thank You For Making Me Strong: Sexuality, Gender and Environmental Spirituality

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Unmasking the Colonial Silence: Sexuality in Africa in the Post-Colonial Context

Few persons are as passionately committed to the human dignity, equality and human rights of sexual and gender minorities in Africa than Rev. Kapya Kaoma. As a Visiting Research at Boston University’s Center for Global Christianity in Mission and an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University in Zambia, Rev. Kaoma’s research and writing peel away the layers of colonialism, the influence of missionaries, imperialism and globalization to discover the indigenous expressions of gender and sexuality in Africa.

We are grateful to share this new article by Kaoma from the special issue “Sexuality in Africa” of the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This special issue was published in July, 2016 and had its world premiere at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Unmasking the Colonial Silence: Sexuality in Africa in the Post­ Colonial Context

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A New Language of Mourning for the Work of Justice

Fanny Ann Eddy was a courageous lesbian activist who lost her life in her pursuit of human dignity for LGBTI people and her vision for her beloved country of Sierra Leone to embrace all its children. Her amazing life and her senseless, brutal death provide the foreground for Dora King’s article, “Secrecy and the Poetics of Witness: Mourning Fanny Ann Eddy,” from Sexuality in Africa: July 2016 Special Issue, Journal of Theology for Southern Africa.

Secrecy and the Poetics of Witness: Mourning Fanny Ann Eddy

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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. Read more