We are proud to be a menber if ILGA
This painting is
our symbol. Painted by Mary Moon, it
represents our ever-changing diversity, sometimes stormy,
sometimes calm, we are all mixed together to make a beautiful
painting in God's image
made by Fionnaigh, so aptly describes that we are all made in God's
image no matter what our sexuality.
is a Christian-ish spiritual community for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals
transgender people, and our mates!
spiritual core is
what we have found to be of value, affirming, truthful and
enjoying ourselves, seeking, interpreting God freshly, we embrace the
diversity of other spiritual paths.
services are a relaxed journey, creative, rewarding, renewing, casual,
beyond ourselves. We are all learning ...
could be linked to gay rights!
consider withholding aid from countries that do not recognise gay
rights", Prime Minister David Cameron said, after Commonwealth leaders
failed to adopt reforms on the issue.
"Britain is now one of the premier aid givers in
the world. We want to see countries that receive our aid adhering to
proper human rights, and that includes how people treat gay and lesbian
people," Cameron told the BBC.
He added: "British aid should have more strings attached, in terms of
do you persecute people for their faith or their Christianity, or do
you persecute people for their sexuality. We don't think that's
Cameron was speaking at the end of a Commonwealth
leaders' summit in Perth, western Australia, which failed to adopt a
recommendation to call for an end to homophobic laws in 41 member
He insisted the issue of gay rights had been discussed at the summit
and he had personally raised it with "a number of the African countries
that I've been speaking with," although he would not say which ones.
"We've been raising the issue consistently, we've
been raising it here at this Commonwealth heads of government
(summit)," he said.
However, Cameron said change would not happen
overnight, saying: "They are in a different place from us on this
issue. ... I think these countries are all on a journey and it's up to
us to try and help them along on that journey."
aid could be linked to gay rights (NZ Herald)
blocks gay support sites
Mon, 10 Jan 2011
By James Murray and Dan Satherley
McDonald’s has caused controversy in the GLBT
community after blocking access to gay-related websites for Wellington
customers using its free WiFi service.
GayNZ.com says it has received numerous
complaints from the community that sites they frequent cannot be
The complaints say GayNZ.com has been
blocked, as has The Agender site for transgender people; Rainbow
Youth, an advice site for young people is also blocked.
McDonald’s say the sites have been blocked because
they are a family restaurant and content must be suitable for children,
but they are prepared to review on a case-by-case basis.
3 News has sent reporters with WiFi enabled
laptops to McDonald’s in Wellington and Auckland.
In Auckland our reporter tested a variety of
websites. The results, shown below, are somewhat surprising. Gay dating
site Bro Online was accessible, but sites offering support and advice
for homosexual people were not.
- Jews U-turn on Homosexuality!!
Monday 9 August 2010
If you think the Christian world has a
problem with gay people, you should try orthodox Judaism.
centuries homosexuality has been taboo; it's not what nice Jewish
boys or girls do. The biblical proscription against "men lying with men
as though with a woman" (Leviticus 20:13) is considered the very
bedrock of Jewish morality. For traditional Judaism marriage is the
highest state of social bonding – a true union of body and soul.
Despite some odd exceptions in biblical and rabbinical literature,
(Jeremiah is told by God to stay single, Ben Azzai, one of the greatest
of the Mishnaic teachers, remains a bachelor by choice), even celibacy
was frowned upon. Part of this opposition was no doubt based on a
response to the cultural environment – pagan in the biblical era,
Christian in the rabbinic one. But despite major shifts in sociological
contexts, the ban against homosexuality was rigidly enforced throughout
the centuries. Whilst in other areas the rabbis often showed great
flexibility and understanding, this particular area remained off-limits.
years, however, homosexuality, among even the most Orthodox sectors of
Judaism, has become a growing feature of contemporary Jewish life. In
both America and Israel – the world's two largest Jewish communities –
it has not been uncommon for rabbis and others to "come out", often
suffering the consequences that such a confession entails. Moreover,
reports of homosexual relations between rabbi-teachers and their
students have been a regular feature of news items in both communities.
In Israel and the US these behaviours have been the subject of a number
of feature and documentary films.
Still, it was something of a surprise when, on 22 July,
a large group of Orthodox Israeli and American rabbis, teachers,
psychologists and community leaders published a "statement of principles on the place of Jews with a
homosexual orientation in our community". The statement,
which has some 170 signatories, many of them prominent in their
respective communities, took some six months to prepare, undergoing
countless revisions. The fact that so many rabbis eventually agreed to
issue a joint statement is something a miracle in and of itself. There
are no popes in the Modern Orthodox world. Rabbis are respected for
their individual learning and their ability to solve current problems
in the light of the tradition. For so many authorities to agree to such
a radical shift in attitude reflects the seriousness of the issue.
beings are created in the image of God and deserve to be treated with
dignity and respect ... Embarrassing, harassing or demeaning someone
with a homosexual orientation or same-sex attraction is a violation of
Torah prohibitions that embody the deepest values of Judaism."
least this a complete about turn from centuries of deeply embedded
prejudices. Neither do the worthy signatories distinguish between
"genetic or environmentally generated homosexual behaviours". Their
main message is "our obligation to treat human beings with same-sex
attractions and orientations with dignity and respect". This includes:
"affirming the religious right of those with a homosexual orientation
to reject therapeutic approaches they reasonably see as useless or
Benjamin Lau – one of Israel's most popular Modern Orthodox rabbis –
observes: "Although the document came out only now, it is the product
of 10 years' preparation. Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot in the US and Rabbi
Ron Yosef in Israel worked in parallel to bring the statement to
fruition. Although it does not herald a change in the religious law – halakha
– it is meant to be an opening for a public debate on this very
complex, multi-faceted issue. We are calling on all Jewish communities
to relate to their gay members in a way of dialogue, not violence."
This latter reference could refer to an incident in
Israel last year where a gay
in Tel Aviv was attacked – killing two and injuring many
more. More recently, an apparently romantic affair between two Haredi
men ended in murder and suicide. It is thus of interest that last
week's publication also found itself its way into the Haredi press.
Rabbi Ron Yosef, who is not only a
community rabbi, but also a religious judge, would like his fellow gay
people to be accepted within the framework of Orthodox law. This has
not happened yet but, as Rabbi Lau observes this bold declaration,
which allows for individual communities to decide on their own policy
towards gay people, "has started the discussion."
years, it may be time.
is an incorporated society. See our objectives.
Meetings: We meet on
the fourth Sunday of the month
St. Andrew's on The Terrace
30 The Terrace, Wellington
starting with a shared
meal. cafe style.
get in touch with GalaXies, see contacts.
concerned about what the Bible says or what some people think it says?
See our list of helpful websites
for commentaries which are based on the historical/critical method of
interpreting the Bible.
The objectives are:
- To provide affirming
worship for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered/transexals,
their families and friends.
- To provide worship
which is inclusive of all who wish to nurture and develop their
- To provide
opportunities for our members and friends to explore faith is a
relaxed, friendly and informal setting.
- To foster support for GLBT people in and beyond Wellington.
Who are we?
We are an ecumenical
Christian(ish) congregation comprised primarily of lesbians
and gay men. We are committed to the priesthood of all
and our services are led from within the group.
We recognise common
ground between Christianity and other spiritualities and
their different approaches. We are non-judgemantal and open
in theology and enjoy exploring the good in other paths.
concepts and stories
Becasue of the history of
homophobia in society and the Church's negative
attitude to homosexuality, lesbians and gay men experience a range of
problems in personal and spiritual development.
A few churches are
beginning to appreciate the hetrosexual bias in the
language, concepts and stories used in worship. For the most
however, appropriate affirmation and spiritual nourishment are lacking.
The services offfered by Galaxies attempt
developing content and forms of worship which might be used by churches
become more inclusive.
They are also providing
an outreach to gay men and lesbians of no church
background who wish to develop their spirituality and find a way to
values in their lives.
Spirituality - Growing
towards potential being.
For this Galaxies offers:
- A focus on values, on
- A community in which
to find meaning, claim authority, express gay and lesbian culture.
- Liturgy for the
expression and celebration of values.
- Workshops for