15 June 2016

Drachma organises vigil #MaltaForOrlando on Friday 17 June

In the wake of the terrible attack carried out last weekend at Orlando’s gay club ‘Pulse’, Drachma (Drachma LGBTI and Drachma Parents’ Group) hosted a vigil to honour the lives of those who were brutally killed that night.  Our candle-lit vigil on Friday 17th June served as a show of strength and love, in the face of such a horrific act against the LGBTIQ+ community.  However, this attack went even beyond that, so we stood united: #MaltaForOrlando

It may feel like there is not much we can do to help our brothers and sisters who have fallen victim to such an act of hate. But showing a strong, united community is a good place to start.

We gathered near Balluta Parish Church at 7.30 p.m. and with candles in hand, symbolically ‘walked towards LOVE’.  

We thank all civil and religious authorities, NGOs and the general public for joining us in this solidarity walk which came to a close at the LOVE monument, St Julians. U.S. Ambassador G. Kathleen Hill, and the U.K. Deputy High Commissioner Ms. Amy Smith, the Leader of the Opposition Dr Simon Busuttil, the Leader of Alternattiva Demokrattika Prof. Arnold Cassola, the Archbishop's Delegate Mgr. Charles Cordina, the LGBT Consultative Council Chairperson Gaby Calleja, and the Human Rights Director Silvan Agius also attended the vigil.

We thank all 300 or so attendees for showing support and solidarity with the victims and their families.

05 May 2016

LGBTI Meeting - Friday, 13 May 2016

During this lovely meeting about the Adulterous woman, the members shared these few verses. The verses are inspired by the tendency many of us have of self-hate and self-condemnation and often we end up inflicting violence on ourselves. Frequently, we are our own pharisees who condemn our own selves, without allowing us to see the pristine image of love that God has rooted in us. 
We hope these verses can be a sign of hope for all of us who often end up getting get caught in this cycle of self-violence and ending up all wrapped up in our bubbles. God calls us to love others as ourselves... if we do not learn to love ourselves genuinely and in a Christ-like fashion, it will be very difficult to be self-giving and loving to others ... 

so many times have i grabbed those stones of hatred
ready to throw them all at my own face
ready to hurl them pitilessly at my wretched self
lusting for the blood curdling down my face
and showing no mercy….

yet, You hold my hand, ever gently,
your glance is one of mercy
your kindness is so sweet, still, unruffled,
tenderly you disarm my clinched fist,
all serene, lovingly, abounding with mercy ….

as those stones of hate fall off my hands
you disarm me of my own self-hate
you restore me to that pristine wholeness
that once was mine, your gift to me in eternity
verdantly lush and fruitful is where pain meets mercy …

in your embrace i feel consoled  
in the bosom of your compassion
serenely, i seek my inner soul

and there
in the depths
of Your

i learn to love

once more