Tag Archives: LGBTIQ and Theology

A Malaysian treads on Dangerous Ground by Queering Guadalupe

What first drew me to the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe were the myths surrounding the image. When I was a much younger man, and avowedly Roman in my Catholicism, someone (I forget who now) loaned me a book that recounted with detailed words and images the legendary apparition of Mary to Juan Diego in 1531. I was enthralled by what I read. It touched me very deeply that a humble peasant was visited by the Mother of Christ on a lonely spot, and Read More +

“Will Those Who Do Not Believe in Jesus Be Saved?” An LGBTIQ Theological Reflection on Salvation

Sometimes, I am approached by some Christians who ask me, “Have you been saved?” Every now and again, I hear some Christians say, “I accepted Jesus and I have been saved.” I also have people asking me, “Do people who do not believe in Jesus be saved?” When I hear questions and statements like these, it makes me think about why I am a Christian, about the different Christian traditions, about my non-Christian friends. It makes me think about the passage from Mark chapter 16, Read More +

International Consultation on Church and Homophobia | Day 3 | November 25, 2014

In the morning of the third day of the International Consultation on Church and Homophobia, Dr. Gadis Arivia delivered her presentation entitled “Love is a Human Right.” She recounted how in 2007, an Indonesian man named Hartono and his partner were humiliated by the police on the grounds of their sexuality. Arivia also cited several regional and international documents on SOGIE and same-sex marriage rights. When same-sex partners are denied rights, they are disallowed from visiting each other or their children in hospital, from receiving Read More +

International Consultation on Church and Homophobia | Day 2 | November 24, 2014

The second day of the International Consultation on Church and Homophobia began with a thought-provoking Morning Prayer. After breakfast, Dr Dédé Oetomo delivered a presentation that examined the LGBTIQ movement in Indonesia and the involvement of religions. He gave a summary on the formation of groups such as the Himpunan Wasam Djakarta (Jakarta Association of Transgender Women) in the 1960s, the Persatuan Waria Kota Surabaya (Surabaya City Association of Transgender Women) in 1978, Lambda Indonesia in 1982, Persatuan Lesbian Indonesia in 1986, and GAYa NUSANTARA in Read More +

Feast of the Presentation of Mary | November 21

The presentation of Mary at the temple echoes that of her own son (Luke 2: 22-40). Although the historical veracity of these incidents can never be fully (or ever) ascertained, what remains crucial is the theological significance that they convey. The presentation of Mary, and of Christ are reminders that every human person is caught up with God in some deep, existential way, even if God is not explictly acknowledged. By virtue of our existence, we are infused and surrounded by God, God who comes 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 +

“Every One of Us is God’s Type”

“God is extravagant in all things—God does not god stingily. God lives extravagantly, God performs extravagance.There is nothing half-way about God … God goes ‘cruising,’ seeking another soul with whom to be in relationship. The difference between us and God lies in the reality that every one of us is God’s type” — Robin Gorsline, “Faithful to a Very Queer Acting God,” in “Queering Christianity,” ed. Goss, Bohache, Cheng and West, 2013, p. 43.                  

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 +