Posts Tagged ‘Gender Issues’

Homegrown solution for personal pronoun to use for God

Monday, February 11th, 2019

God or Godde? He or she? Does it matter, so long as people are comfortable with whatever they decide? For those to whom God is an important concept, is there anything important at stake in the pronoun that refers to God? Fortunately, New Zealanders of all people have a solution right under their noses. In Read more

Catholic school guidance on gender diversity

Monday, November 26th, 2018

The National Centre for Religious Studies is providing guidance to Catholic schools throughout New Zealand on gender complexity. The guidance, endorsed by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference, is for principals, boards of trustees, staff and whānau. It provides a point of reference in the support and accompaniment of children and young people who may Read more

What are schools teaching about sex and sexuality?

Monday, September 11th, 2017

St Patrick’s College Wellington was one of four schools Stuff journalist Rachael Thomas asked recently how they teach sex and sexuality. The Rector of St Patrick’s, Neal Swindells, told her the Catholic perspective still plays a huge part. However, he believes that creating a sense of guilt was ” the worst thing the Catholic church did in Read more

I am not a religious person but thank God for the Pope – Helen Clark

Monday, August 7th, 2017

A former New Zealand Prime Minister who was until recently administrator of the United Nations Development Programme believes the role of religion and faith organisations in developing and securing peace is “absolutely critical”. The Rt Hon Helen Clark ONZ PC said this in response to a question put to her by former Labour party cabinet Read more

Anglican’s sexuality working group publishes interim report

Monday, August 7th, 2017

A working group set up explore how different strands of thinking on sexuality could be kept together in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has published its interim report. In their interim report, the working group recommends that there should be “no alteration to the formularies of this Church” and that dioceses Read more

Anglicans fail to agree on same gender blessings

Friday, May 13th, 2016

On Monday a report about same gender marriage was presented to the General Synod of the Anglican Church. The report upheld the “traditional doctrine of marriage”, which defined marriage as being “between a man and a woman … life-long and monogamous”. However it proposed a compromise solution which would allow the blessing of same gender couples Read more

New gender category ‘problematic’

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Statistics New Zealand has introduced the term ‘gender diverse’ as a category to encompass people who do not identify as either male or female. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie is questioning the reasoning behind the move to introduce a new gender category. He says it only fuelled gender-identity politics. “I’ve seen even trans advocate Read more

American Samoa still undecided on gay marriage

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

American Samoa is the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalised gay marriage. Legal observers and gay rights advocates are saying it should go into effect immediately. American Samoa Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale hasn’t been ready to take that step. “We’re still reviewing the decision to determine Read more

Union of man and woman predates the state and church

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The union between a man and a woman and its definition predates the state and church but now the bond had been defined as “marriage” said the Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong. He was speaking on the issue in the light of the United States Supreme Court decision upholding same gender marriage. “Firstly, it’s Read more

Same gender marriage now legal in Guam

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Earlier in the year, in Guam, a same gender couple launched legal action after being refused a marriage licence. Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero, both 28, sued after the registrar refused them a license because Guam law defines marriage as a union between two people of the opposite sex. The Attorney-General said a Read more