Thirty-plus African leaders from nine African countries gathered for a historic consultation on human sexuality, religion, and equality in South Africa in August 2014. The leaders are committed to making change happen in faith communities, theological schools, universities and in civil society. At the end of the conference, they drafted a call to reflection and action for the African continent, called the KwaZulu Declaration. It includes a specific call to religious institutions.
We call on all religious institutions, especially Christian Churches
- To care for the least amongst us as Christ has done,
- To create safe spaces for encounter with the sexual diversity within the body of Christ,
- To talk openly about sexual diversities and adversities in human sexuality,
- To break out of the vicious cycle of shame, secrecy, violence, and silence that demeans, demonizes and kills,
- To openly condemn violence against sexual minorities.