LGBTIQA+ Affirming Religious Communities in South Australia

Centacare, July 2020

The Centacare Rainbow Quality Team would like to provide you with a list of affirming religious communities (please see attachment via link below) that may be helpful for some people from the LGBTIQA+ community that you work with. 

Spiritual wellbeing is a human right, but unfortunately people within the Rainbow community who hold particular Christian faiths are not always awarded this human right within their own faith denominations.  In response to this need, the Centacare Rainbow Quality Team have worked on identifying religious communities within South Australia who are not just welcoming of people from the LGBTIQA+ community, but are affirming of them.

They have contacted individually the communities listed and have secured permission from them to be added to the list.  They have also identified individuals within each community that can be used as an entry point for people who wish to connect with these affirming communities.

The Team acknowledge that this is not an exhaustive list of affirming communities, and there may be others that they do not know of.  If you have additional contacts that you feel would be beneficial for this list, please let them know.  Also, if you have someone in need whom does not have a denomination listed, please let them know and they will endeavour to source a suitable community if available.  At this stage they have only identified Christian faith communities, but they do recognise that spiritual need extends well beyond this faith.  However, to date the contacts on this list is all that they have been able to identify, and they will continue to source affirming communities from other faith traditions. They can be contacted via the www.centacare.org.au/contact  website for any feedback or additional information.

Whilst the Team have gone to significant lengths to ensure the groundwork has been done to create a warm and welcoming entry into these affirming communities, they would also like to point out that they have no formal links with these communities and therefore cannot guarantee that all people will receive the support that they are looking for.  They also cannot offer support to maintain connection within these communities.

It is envisaged that this list will act as a guide for those seeking a supportive and affirming connection with a religious community that aligns with their spiritual beliefs and needs. The Centacare Rainbow Quality Team hope this list will assist you to support those with this particular need.

‘Submit to your husbands’: [Australian] women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God

ABC, 18/7/2017

When we speak of domestic violence, and the cultural factors that foment it, one crucial element missing from the discussion has been religion.

While it is generally agreed that inequality between the sexes can foster and cultivate environments where men seek to control or abuse women, in Australia there has been very little public debate about how this might impact people in male-led congregations and religious communities, especially those where women are told to be silent and submit to male authority.

In other countries, like the United States and United Kingdom, there has been extensive analysis. So why is Australia so behind on this issue?

 

FORUM: Gender & Sexual Diversity, Christianity & Mental Health

MIFSA, October 2016

What is the experience of someone who identifies as LGBTIQ / gender or sexually diverse (GSD) within a faith system that is still largely non accepting of same-sex relationships and gender diversity?

How do those who are GSD and part of the Christian tradition respond to the message that they are loved by God but that their diversity is not as God intended?

Is the mental health of GSD individuals helped or hindered within Christian community?

You are invited to come along and hear from people who will tell their story about being (or having been) Christian and Gender or Sexually Diverse. These are personal stories shared from lived experience and we ask you to be mindful and respectful of different experiences.

23rd November, Wed. 1.30pm – 3pm

Conference Room, 5 Cooke Terrace, Wayville

Presenters:

  • Sue Wickham (Minister – Church of the Trinity, Clarence Park)
  • Karen Barnes (Community Worker MIFSA)
  • Kat Evans (Community Worker MIFSA)

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: reception@mifsa.org  or Ph:8378 4100

Download flyer here nov-forum_16-gendersexual-diversity_christianitymental-health

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