No. 97. Human Rights Summit 2019 and the LGBTQ+ Community – Part I

Rev. Steph

Today’s blog is about the recent Human Rights Summit which my friend and colleague, Muzi Cindi, hosted at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Johannesburg on 21 March 2019.  It was the most amazing conference – so full of love and joy and profound healing and transformation. I was privileged to have a leading role as the facilitator of the LGBTQ+ panel alongside some S. African A-list celebrities, some international speakers from the USA as well as my beloved colleagues in Johannesburg, Rev. Gerd Pontow and Bishop Jackson Khosa.

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Pre-conference line-up. Left to Right: Thami Ngubeni, Rev. Gerd  Pontow, Rev. Steph, Somizi Mhlongo, Bishop Yvette Flunder and Muzi Cindi

21st MARCH – HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

For my non-S. African readers, 21 March is a major public holiday in South Africa known as “Human Rights Day.” On this day, we commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre which occurred when S. Africa was still under Apartheid.   On 21 March, 1960, the S. African people of colour staged a peaceful protest, unarmed, against the racist Pass Laws.

In the years pre-1994 and the beginning of democracy in S. Africa, blacks and coloreds were required by law to carry passes.  These were ID documents which had to be produced upon demand, if ordered by a white policeman, and which indicated who the bearer was and where s/he had the right to live and work.  If the bearer was in the “wrong” area or if s/he was not carrying their pass, s/he could be arrested, jailed and tortured.)

Sharpeville Massacre, crowds fleeing from bulletsCrowds fleeing from the bullets at Sharpeville, 21 March 1960. 

Photo from Baileys African History Archive (BAHA)

The Sharpeville protesters were either killed or wounded by the Apartheid police force as they ran from the gun fire. This protest led to the banning of “subversive” political organizations in S. Africa and the subsequent arrest of Nelson Mandela in 1962, which resulted in a life sentence for him and his fellow freedom fighters in 1964.

Nelson Mandela, 1962

Nelson Mandela, sentenced to life imprisonment in 1962

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, the first black President of South Africa, 1994 -1999

MUZI CINDI
Muzi is a visionary, a truth-seeker and a wayshower.  Walking in the footsteps of Jesus the Christ and Nelson Mandela, he is a role model for the practice of radical inclusion. In his own personal search for Truth, he has bravely allowed all his antiquated and conditioned, fundamentally patriarchal, concepts of God to be destroyed and, in so doing, has established an inner relationship with the Divine Presence.  This is what he generously shares with others on his mission to empower those who have been rejected by the mainstream.

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Muzi Cindi welcomes the crowds at the Human Rights Summit, 21 March 2019

DIVINE FEMININE CONFERENCES
In August 2014 and in August 2017, Muzi hosted conferences on the theme of the Divine Feminine. In 2017, he invited big name speakers from the USA – Dr. Rev Michael Beckwith and Lisa Nichols (both made famous in “The Secret”) – to speak to the mostly female S. African audience about the power of the Feminine.  I spoke too on my favorite theme of “God & Sex.”  It was a day of confrontation, awakening, reconciliation and laughter and a radical departure from the old, out-moded, divisive and destructive ways of thinking based on a misogynistic, patriarchal, religious mythology.

THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

At the recent conference on 21 March 2019, Muzi shone the spotlight of love on the LGBTQ+ community. South Africa is one of the few countries where same sex marriage is legal under the Democratic Constitution and yet the LGBTQ+ community is still culturally marginalised and experiences some of the most vehement prejudice from the traditional Christian Church. Fortunately, and despite the intense cultural bias towards heterosexuality as the “norm”, some openly gay media personalities have risen to celebrity status in S. Africa and two of the more famous ones, namely Somizi Mhlongo and Dr. Love, participated in the recent conference.  Somizi co-hosted the event together with Thami Ngubeni and Dr. Love was on the LGBTQ+ panel which I facilitated.

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Somizi Mhlongo

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Dr. Mveleli Gqwede aka Dr. Love

OUR LAST TWO BATTLES
The late Evangelical Scholar, Dr. Phyllis Tickle, said that the last two battles to be contended with were:  1. LGBTQ+ Human Rights and 2. Evolution.   She believed there would be no more battles after these two!  And FINALLY, thanks to Muzi, these critical conversations are being held and we are moving through the mass illusion of separation towards the radical inclusion that Jesus the Christ preached and lived.

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Rev. Steph with Somizi Mhlongo

Somizi and I had only just met when we had this photo taken but we had an instant rapport. I just noticed that the heterosexual, white, British woman is wearing all black and the gay, black, S. African man is wearing all white and we have our arms around each other. That’s deep! 🙂

Appreciating the miracle of global communication via technology.

All blessings,

Rev. Steph

“The Miracles of Earth are the Laws of Heaven” – Johann Richter

Author: Rev. Stephanie Clarke

I am a speaker, an author and an ordained Interfaith Minister. My latest book is highly controversial and it is entitled: "The Sex Goddess: Debunking the Mythology of God & Sex." I offer life-coaching, Akashic readings, workshops and Sacred Ceremonies. Please visit my website for more info: www.TimelessTransitions.net

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