International Consultation on Church and Homophobia

International Consultation on Church and Homophobia –

November 24-26, 2014

at Jakarta Theological Seminary

 

Background

Sexual minorities have become a great concern of many religious communities around the world, including churches and Christian seminaries. However, the latest development on this issue shows that the views about sexual minorities are varied. Some churches show their full supports towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, even marrying them and ordaining LGBT priests, while others accept them with certain conditions. Many people, however, still believe that it is against the Christian doctrines and ethical teaching to accept them.

 

Bearing this in mind, Jakarta Theological Seminary in Indonesia, the Commission on Justice, Peace and Creation of the NCC India, the Theological Department of the Christian University of Duta Wacana, and the Communion of Churches of Indonesia have organized  a consultation of Asian churches and Christian seminaries to raise the awareness and understanding of this issue.

 

Goal

As the outcome of this consultation it is expected that Asian seminaries will start engaging themselves with this issue, and thereby reflecting the true nature of God’s inclusive love without discriminating anyone. It is also hoped that Asian churches will start opening themselves to ministering to people of sexual minority, taking side with those who are oppressed because of their sexual orientation and gender identities and expressions, with the final aim of erasing discrimination towards people of sexual minority.

Pearl Wong, director of QTA was invited to present a paper on Queer Theology.

 

Participants (about 60 people)

·      Representatives of theological seminaries

·      Representatives of Asian churches, including churches that are open to sexual minorities.

·      Pastors and other people who serve churches in any other capacities, who are interested on these issues and are hoping to develop this ministry in their own contexts.

·      Friends from the sexual minority communities who are interested in contributing their faith experience to enrich others and to get them involved in the ministry towards sexual minorities and developing Queer Theology.

·      Representatives from organizations and Christian churches (U.S.A., New Zealand, Jamaica, Asia: India, Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and the European Forum of LGBT Christian groups)

 

 Issues to be addressed:

·      Understanding Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities and Expressions (SOGIE)

·      LGBTIQ Movement in Indonesia and the Problem of Religions

·      Muslim and Christian Understandings about Sexual Minorities

·      LGBTIQ Issues as human right issues

·      Pastoral Counseling for Family with LGBTIQ

·      Asian Queer Theology