Tag Archives: LGBTIQ and Theology

From Polluted to Prophetic Bodies: Theo-Pastoral Lessons from the Lived Experiences of Gay, HIV-Positive Christian Men in Singapore

Goh, J. N. (2017). From Polluted to Prophetic Bodies: Theo-Pastoral Lessons from the Lived Experiences of Gay, HIV-Positive Christian Men in Singapore. Practical Theology, 10(2), 133–146. Abstract This article garners theo-pastoral lessons from the lived realities of gay, HIV-positive Christian men in Singapore. Such lessons are premised on the belief that gay HIV-positive men are prophets with lessons of life and faith for Christian communities, rather than polluted victims of a disease who simply merit pastoral assistance. The analysis of the narratives of three gay, Read More +
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Survivalist Sexuality-Faith Strategies in Biblical Meaning-Makings: Non-Heteronormative Malaysian Christian Men and Negotiations of Sexual Self-Affirmation

  Goh, J. N. (2016). Survivalist sexuality-faith strategies in biblical meaning-makings: Non-heteronormative Malaysian Christian men and negotiations of sexual self-affirmation. QUEST: Studies on Religion & Culture in Asia, 1, 38–53. Retrieved from https://www.theology.cuhk.edu.hk/quest/index.php/quest/article/view/19   Abstract This article is a socio-theological investigation into the diverse ways in which non-heteronormative Christian men in Malaysia negotiate with biblical passages to affirm their sexual identifyings, sexual expressions and sense of faith. Such a socio-theological investigation also acts as a critical questioning of official and unofficial attitudes towards non-heteronormative men—and Read More +
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Imaginative Assemblages of of Transcendent/Desire: Non-Heteronormative Malaysian Men Speak Up and Talk Back

Goh, Joseph N. “Imaginative Assemblages of of Transcendent/Desire: Non-Heteronormative Malaysian Men Speak Up and Talk Back.” Critical Research on Religion 4, no. 2 (August 2016): 125-140.   Abstract Many non-heteronormative Malaysian men find themselves on the receiving end of political, socio-cultural, and religious condemnations of their sexual identifyings and expressions. Their lived realities are often considered invalid, including from religious and theological perspectives. This article is a queer socio-theological project that examines the lived realities of six non-heteronormative Malaysian men who speak up and talk Read More +
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Christianity, Sexual Diversity and Access to Health Services

“Christianity, Sexual Diversity and Access to Health Services” is a discussion paper that examines the attitudes of institutional and popular Christianity towards men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender persons (TG), the impact of such attitudes towards the aforementioned individuals in relation to HIV prevention and treatment, as well as Christian teachings and strategies that affirm key affected populations and people living with HIV. In Asia-Pacific countries, Abrahamic religions such as Islam and Christianity often condemn same-sex behaviour and gender non-conformity. This kind of Read More +
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‘Why is it Wrong’?: Conceptualisations of Sexual Wrongdoing and Sexual Ethics among Gay-Identifying Malaysian Men

Goh, Joseph N. “‘Why is it Wrong’?: Conceptualisations of Sexual Wrongdoing and Sexual Ethics among Gay-Identifying Malaysian Men.” In Doing Asian Theological Ethics in a Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Context, edited by Yiu Sing Lúcás Chan, James F. Keenan and Shaji George Kochuthara, 347-360. Bengaluru, India: Dharmaram Publications, 2016. Abstract This essay is a critical investigation of the conceptualisations of sexual wrongdoing and ethics among gay-identifying Malaysian men. My focus here is on the lived experiences of two gay-identifying Malaysian men who profess to be non-practising Read More +
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Daring to Hope

The commemoration of the birth of Christ draws nigh, signalling a time for people from all walks of life to celebrate a renewal of hope and peace. The portrayal of the helpless Newborn in a cave in Bethlehem reflects the helplessness of so many people in Malaysia who remain cradled by the political, economic, and even socio-religious ideologies of others. Malaysians have witnessed a multitude of events in 2015 that have caused us to question what it means to be Malaysians in the twenty-first century. Read More +
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A Response to the Talk “Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT” at the Church of the Risen Christ, Kuala Lumpur

Look at the rainbow, and praise its Maker; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness - Ecclesiasticus 43:11   Introduction A small group of youths from various parishes gathered at the Church of the Risen Christ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 2.00 pm on Saturday, August 22, 2015 for a talk by Roman Catholic priest Reverend Father Clarence Devadass. Organised by the Alive Ministry, the talk was entitled “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and was aimed at discussing the issue of “same-sex marriage and LGBT.” The Read More +
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Reclaiming Vision and Voice: A Queer-Feminist-Liberation Reading of Mark 10: 46-52 in relation to Non-Heteronormative Malaysians

Goh, Joseph N. “Reclaiming Vision and Voice: A Queer-Feminist-Liberation Reading of Mark 10: 46-52 in relation to Non-Heteronormative Malaysians.” in God’s image 33, no. 1 (June 2014): 40-51.   This essay deploys a queer-feminist-liberation reading of Mark 10:46-52 to articulate the issues and struggles of non-heteronormative Malaysians, and the ways in which they reclaim their visions and voices as sexual subjects in a disenabling ethos.            
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A Theology of Love: What Hopes May Come

A somewhat unexpected yet serendipitous bit of news caught my eye as I was scrolling down the newsfeed on Facebook today. It really took me by surprise. In fact, it took my breath away. I can’t remember whose timeline I saw it on first, but here it was – a posting from the website of the National Catholic Register entitled “Confidential Meeting Seeks to Sway Synod to Accept Same-Sex Unions.”[1] Apparently, a group of Roman Catholic clergypersons, and theological experts, as well as prominent media Read More +
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