As the World Council of Churches (WCC) opened its 10th General Assembly in Busan, South Korea, the Create Safe Space Caucus has lamented the absence of any mention of sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI) in church-related efforts, thereby creating what it said is the sense of invisibility faced by marginalized people, which in turn increases vulnerabilities.
For the Create Safe Space Caucus, “sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity are part of what it means to be human, and these are concerns which are part of life in every community throughout the world, including other marginalized communities which may also feel invisible.”
The Create Safe Space Caucus is therefore calling for all efforts to include these, since “any serious effort toward justice and peace must address stigma and discrimination in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity. At the very least, the concern must be named along with a commitment to creating safe spaces for constructive dialogue.”
The Create Safe Space Caucus is an international collaboration committed to making spaces at the WCC 10th General Assembly where the invisibility of issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity can be brought to light. It also eyes to be a venue for people to share their stories and witness to the worth and dignity God has bestowed on every human being, and which human judgment cannot set aside.