29 June 2022
01 June 2022
LGBTI meeting on Friday 3 June 2022
Our meetings are open to people of all ages above the age of 18.
Come and have your Say! Synod 2021-2023
Friday 10 June 2022
Pope Francis has started a process to consult the people and Catholic faithful on the way the Church operates and on how people of different sectors within the Church really feel part of the Church. This is being called the Synodal process 2021-2023.
Drachma LGBTI and Drachma Parents have been invited to give their feedback and to share our stories with senior leaders of the Church in Malta. Drachma Parents have already met Church leaders a couple of weeks ago.
The opportunity for Drachma LGBTI members will be on Friday 10 June at 5.30pm. Venue is still to be confirmed.
LGBTIQ meet the Bishops
Thursday, 16 June, 5.30pm, Seminary Auditorium, Rabat
04 May 2022
DRACHMA PARENTS BOOK LAUNCH
‘NAQQAXTEK FUQ IL-PALI TA’ JDEJJA’
(I have engraved you on the palms of my hands)
On Tuesday, 17 May 2022, as part of the commemorations of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, Drachma Parents, a support group for parents of LGBTI persons, launched the book ‘Naqqaxtek fuq il-Pali Ta’ Jdejja’ in the presence of Hon. Rebecca Buttigieg, Parliamentary Secretary for Equality and Reforms, among other distinguished guests. The book is published in Maltese.
This is the second publication of Drachma Parents, after its first book Uliedna Rigal was published in 2016. The name of this book ‘Naqqaxtek fuq il-Pala ta’ jdejja’ (I have engraved you on the palms of my hands) is taken from the Book of Prophet Isaias (Is. 49: 16). The members of Drachma Parents believe that this is what God says personally and intimately to each of us. Drachma Parents strongly believe that He does not make any distinction between different races or different sexual orientations.
The subtitle of the book is “What does the Bible say (or not say) about homosexuality?” Indeed, the Bible does not say much about the subject, but the few texts that are said to deal with it are at the very heart of the religious debate about homosexuality.
The book explores the story of Sodom and whether it is about homosexuality at all; whether the Jewish ritual laws found in the book of Leviticus are still relevant today; whether Saint Paul had in mind pederasty (exploitation and abuse of minors
It is not disrespectful of Scripture to state that these texts, written thousands of years ago, lack a proper understanding of human sexuality. The biblical writers could not possibly know (as science acknowledges today) that what we today call being “gay” or being “lesbian” is a regularly occurring non-pathological minority variant in the human condition. The assumptions found in the biblical texts need to be supplemented by the insights and observations about human sexuality provided by biology, psychology, sociology, genetics, and biblical studies. In the past, the Church has had the courage to change its interpretation on various subjects, basing itself on new understandings and advances made in the sciences and as a result of discernment and experience. This does not mean that we are to dismiss the Bible. The problem is not the Bible; the mistake is how the Bible is, or has been, read.
Each of the five chapters begins with a critical-historical analysis of the biblical text. This is followed by a summary of the main points and a reflection by members of Drachma Parents about the relevant text.
Naqqaxtek fuq il-pali ta’ jdejja is dedicated to Fr John Xerri, O.P., for many years a missionary in Brazil, who gave his unwavering support to Drachma Parents since its inception in 2008, and who sadly passed away in June last year.
The book is of particular interest to LGBTI+ people, their parents, families and friends, teachers,
Naqqaxtek fuq il-pali ta’ jdejja is available from main bookstores, or directly from
Horizons (+356 21441604)
or Drachma (+356
12 April 2022
27 March 2022
07 March 2022
To attend please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or send an SMS to 99454581 or 79253875. Please indicate whether you will be attending for lunch.
01 March 2022
The next meeting will be held at the University Chapel (not Dar Manwel Magri) on Friday 4 March 2022 at 7.30pm.
You are welcome to join this meeting, which will include a reflective and prayerful moment, appropriate for the beginning of this period of Lent.
15 February 2022
In this workshop led by Simone Ellul, we will use improvisation techniques to deepen skills such as listening, communication and being in the moment, playing games to explore these and other principles. We will work on building trust and will also do some teamwork exercises. This workshop is just an introduction, but it will give us an idea of how certain simple activities and exercises can give us a different perspective and abilities that can then be applied to everyday life.