Tag Archives: LGBTIQ and Religion

Jesus was not a queer ally: why I can’t take LGBT-affirming Christianity seriously (and why queer spaces must remain secular)

By Alex Gabriel in Godlessness in Theory. If Jesus, human or divine, was a queer ally – if as is claimed, his gospel involved respecting and defending us and if he’d take our side today – why hasn’t this been clear to most Christians for most of history? Why is it a minority’s contentious view today, and why did queer-affirming Christianity only become an organised force in the global church in the last hundred years, if that? Why were Christ’s teachings misunderstood for the first Read More +

Reflections on the Play ‘The Third Way: Same Sex Attraction and the Catholic Church’ at Holy Family Church, Kajang

  Introduction During the Roman Catholic season of Lent,[1] the Parish Youth Council of Holy Family Church at the township of Kajang in the Malaysian state of Selangor organised a series of activities. One such activity was a Play entitled ‘The Third Way: Same Sex Attraction and the Catholic Church’, which was held on Sunday, March 22, 2015. There was no charge for the Play and it was open to all. Although scheduled to begin at 6.00 pm, the Play started at 6.30 pm with Read More +

“No Other God”: Unexpected Christian Idolatry?

“You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20: 3). A chance encounter with this single sentence while browsing for a particular biblical verse had me reflecting on the idea of idolatry. It brought back memories of a previous ministry to the indigenous Bidayŭh and Iban Christians in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It reminded me of communities that were held together by unquestionable loyalties to various Christian denominations which were introduced by zealous missionaries. Proselytisation had its casualties, though. Mass conversions of people Read More +

Questioning, Discovering, Witnessing: Towards a Deeper Meaning of Christmas?

Once again, the entire world celebrates the birth of Jesus, the Christ. The fact that Christ was not actually born on December 25, as the date merely serves as a commemoration of his birth, has become common knowledge for many Christians. What is important is not the exact date of Christ’s birth, but that he was born into the world—a prophet, a guru, a revolutionary, a visionary, perhaps even a life coach; but undoubtedly the face of God to those who hear and respond to Read More +

Amplify 2014: All-Asia Open and Affirming Church + Life Conference in Singapore

Between September 12 and 14, 2014, approximately 200 people participated in the Amplify Conference (Amplify). The theme of the Conference was ‘Renewal’. This is the sixth All-Asia-Pacific Open and Affirming Church + Life Conference that gathers diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex and queer persons, as well as straight-identifying allies (LGBTIQS) to share personal stories and learn more about intersecting issues of gender, sexuality and the Christian faith. Amplify began in Singapore in 2009 as a retreat for LGBTIQS persons who served in the music Read More +

Queer Asian Spirit E-Magazine (QAS E-Zine) Vol. 4, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng and I are very grateful for the opportunity to bring you another issue of the QAS E-Zine with the theme of Queer Diversity! This E-Zine foregrounds the often unheard spiritual perspectives and lived experiences of LGBTIPAQ persons of Asian descent from all over the world. This issue of the QAS E-Zine is packed with various contributions on sexuality rights, gender and sexual diversity, and queer spiritual spaces. Read more.         You may also be interested in: Read More +

“Reverend, I am June I am a sex worker and I work in a brothel in Geylang. I want to ask you a question, Will I go to hell.”

A Reflection by the Rev. Yap Kim Hao of Free Community Church, Singapore Observance of Transgender Day Last Sunday Free Community Church commemorated the victims of the transgendered people who suffered and died in misery. Responding to the invitation, a significant number of transmen and transwomen were present. A few shared their experiendes of stigma and discrimination by the wider community in society. The Church honoured and celebrated them and pledged to stand in solidarity with the transgendered community. Last night Oogachaga & Project X Read More +

Queering Migrations Towards, From, and Beyond Asia

Edited by Hugo Córdova Quero, Joseph N. Goh, Michael Sepidoza Campos Queering Migrations Towards, From, and Beyond Asia explores the intersection of migration and queerness as they relate to ethnic/racial identity constructions, immigration processes and legal status, the formation of trans/national or trans/cultural partnerships, and families and/or love-friendships. Woven into these narratives are explorations of the roles that religious identities, values, and world views play in the fortification/critique of queer migrant identities. These essays explore assumptions of hetero-normativities, gender role expectations, sexual identities, body configurations, Read More +

Celebrating LGBTQ Identities, Attractions and Expressions in God: A Response to Pastor Edmund Smith

Pastor Edmund Smith and “A Homosexual Lifestyle” My reflection is conceptualised as a response to a sharing by Pastor Edmund Smith on February 23, 2014 at the Community Baptist Church at Kota Damansara, Selangor, Malaysia, on “how God restored his identity as the son of the Living God from a homosexual lifestyle.”[1] This sharing was subsequently published in the Malaysian Christian news website Christianity Malaysia on March 5, 2014.[1] Smith and his wife, Amanda, are “the founders and directors of Real Love Ministry (RLM), an Read More +

Repent or Believe in the Closet: When Pastoral Care is Anything But

A recent chance encounter with a Facebook posting alerted me to an event that immediately grabbed my attention. The title of the posting read: “LGBT: What is our Response as Catholics?” The Lifeline College and Young Adults Ministry[1] at the Jesuit-pastored St Francis Xavier Church, Petaling Jaya in the Malaysian state of Selangor had organised a talk on the evening of Friday, October 26, 2013. They had invited a guest speaker who was a diocesan priest from a parish in a neighbouring state. I had Read More +