Perspectives on LGBTQIA: An Ecumenical Perspective

    Even in earlier times, we can see that the assertions and articulations, be that theological or from the perspective of Human Rights, human sexuality has been an area that constantly demanded our attention challenge our way of thinking and living and our pastoral and prophetic witness.

    that the Communion has actually neglected to penalize Anglican church leaders who promoted state-sanctioned persecution of gays in countries like Uganda.” [7]

    Para sa ecumenical community, mahirap ikahon ang lalim at lawak ng karanasan ng sangkatauhan. Patuloy itong umiinog at kumikilos  ng pasulong. Ang kasarian at seksawlidad ay isa sa mga bahagi ng sangkatauhan na patuloy na humahamon sa ating paninidigan at pananampalataya, at kung paanong tayo ay nakikisalamuha sa bawat isa. Ang issue ng LGBTQCI ay isa lamang sa salik o elemento sa  loob ng buong usapin at kaganapan ng sekswalidad, sekswal na kapahayagan o expression,  sekswal na reproduktibong karapatan at iba pa.

    Recent developments in the international community speak of a seemingly polarized positions of different churches on the issue. On one hand, we heard the news of the “Anglican Communion sanctioning the Episcopal Church in the US for blessing same sex marriage. This generated criticism citing the primates’ selective application of punitive measures saying

    Truly, a rainbow speaks of Hope. But it also currently speaks of people struggling against discrimination, stigmatization, denial and rejection.

    For me it speaks powerfully of a God of hope. It speaks of one’s indomitable spirit to conquer the unknown, to face uncertainties and fear – and stand in the midst of a people who journey under the power of a Great Spirit that is beyond the realm of human’s finite capacity. A Great Spirit divine and mysterious, who leads the people in their quest for a better world.

    The statement ends with three recommendations that will hopefully be undertaken by NCCP member churches. It encourages churches to create safe and hospitable spaces where persons can freely talk about their sexual orientation and gender identity without fear of condemnation develop biblically-based/theologically sound materials on human sexuality to be used for study and reflection in the churches toward a more welcoming environment for those who are perceived to live outside the social norms of sexuality and calls on churches to proactively and intentionally draw in persons with different sexual orientations and gender identities into activities of the church and church organizations where they can share their gifts and graces.

    How beautiful are the words that aptly describe God’s statement when all of creation were finally done and God said: “It was very Good!” (Genesis 6:86a)

    In terms of women’s sexuality, the women have been telling all along how their bodies have been desecrated by violence, how their bodies have been made repositories of products that only serve the interest of those who espouse economic globalization, how their bodies have been used to promote ecotourism coupled with prostitution and many more. Such control cast over women have made them objects of commodification with their sexuality as prime products for trade.