Monday, 20 April 2009

Drachma: Public Talk: ‘Gender, Sexuality & Ethics’ by Margaret Farley

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19th April, 2009;

Press Release
(For Immediate Publication)

A Public Talk: ‘Gender, Sexuality & Ethics’ by Margaret Farley, will be held at the University of Malta, Gateway Building Hall A, 23rd of April 2009, 18:30 – 20:30.

On the 23rd of April a public talk ‘Gender, Sexuality & Ethics’ will be given by Margaret Farley, at Gateway Building Hall A, University of Malta, at 18:30 to 20:30.

The Public talk is being organized by Drachma – Malta’s Gay Catholic Group in collaboration with the Department of Youth and Community Studies and the ‘Studenti Harsien Socjali’. The aim of this public talk is to enhance a healthy public debate about Gender, Sexuality and Christian issues. All interested are invited to join.

Background Information

Margaret Farley is Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics at Yale University Divinity School. She is the author or co-editor of seven books, including Personal Commitments: Beginning, Keeping, Changing; Compassionate Respect; and most recently, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics. She has published more than 100 articles and chapters of books on topics of ethical methodology, feminist, medical, sexual, social, historical theological ethics and spirituality.

She has lectured widely not only in the United States but also Southeast Asia, Africa, and Western Europe.

She is the recipient of eleven honorary degrees and a variety of fellowships and awards, including the 1992 John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology, the 2007 Elizabeth Seton Award for Distinguished Theologian, the 2007 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for her book, Just Love, and the 2008 Yves Congar Award for Catholic theology and ethics. She has served and presently serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards and national ethics committees. She served for eight years as Co-director of the Yale University Interdisciplinary Bioethics Center. She was Director of Yale Divinity School’s Women’s Initiative: Gender, Faith, and Responses to HIV/AIDS, for seven years. She is currently Co-director of the All-Africa Conference: Sister to Sister, which facilitates responses to HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is past president of both the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Other Info:
Drachma is a group of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender people who meet to pray together. Drachma is a Catholic group who welcomes all. It is a safe place were we focus on the Love of God for us - no matter who or what we are. Drachma is a place were we search for what brings us together rather than what divides us.

As a group we recognize the Roman Catholic Church as Mother and Teacher. However, we also feel obliged in conscience to make our experience as LGBT Catholics known.

We recognize that the Catholic Church is a rich and abundant source of knowledge and traditions; above all it is the Church of Jesus Christ, thus a loving home for all humanity. We believe in the full inclusion of LGBT people within the Roman Catholic Church.

If you would like to cover this event or to obtain further information, kindly contact Diane Xuereb on 79 475 853 or Mario Gerada on 79 342 328 or email us on

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