InsideOUT, a support network for rainbow youth in Aotearoa, has released a new resource for Christian schools to help support their rainbow students.
‘Join this Chariot’ was developed after schools voiced a need to support students at the intersections of their faith, culture and rainbow identities. The resource covers topics like mental health, the relationship between gender/sexuality and faith, and gives practical advice for schools to support rainbow students. It also includes a collection of profiles, stories, theology and Biblical interpretations about rainbow affirming Christianity.
Tabby Besley, Managing Director of InsideOUT, said in a statement: “We hope this resource will provide Christian schools with the insight and motivation to understand and address the issues rainbow students currently face, and to support rainbow ākonga to feel included and safe at school. This resource shows that it’s possible for people to thrive while being connected to, and embraced by, both their faith and rainbow communities.”
InsideOUT have based the resource on the experiences and knowledge of rangatahi, school staff, and affirming church leaders across the country. “It puts people’s experiences in conversation with scripture and explains how the Bible can be understood in rainbow-affirming ways,” InsideOUT said in a statement.
You can check out ‘Join This Chariot’ here.