Laurie Gaum studied theology at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town, starting his ministry in 1997 in Gugulethu, Cape Town. He successfully appealed a decision by his church to defrock him for being in a same-sex relationship and was reinstated. He works in association with the Centre for Christian Spirituality (CCS), a faith-based organisation in Cape Town established 30 years ago and focusing on silence and solidarity, as its tagline reads. He co-authored a book of intergenerational conversations with his dad (Umuzi-Random House, 2010) and co-edited a compilation on the CCSs anniversary. He facilitates workshops in gender reconciliation, masculinities and spirituality and sexuality. 'He recently completed an international peacemaking fellowship in Hartford, Connecticut'.
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