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Jakarta Post

Pastor of reformist church fired for alleged sexual misconduct, opaque money management

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 28, 2020   /  10:06 am
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Pastor Suarbudaya Andi Rahadian of Gereja Komunitas Anugerah.(Facebook/Gereja Komunitas Anugerah)

A Reformed Baptist church in Jakarta, Gereja Komunitas Anugerah (GKA), has dismissed Suarbudaya Andi Rahadian without honor, after accusing him of sexual misconduct and poor governance of money solicited from individuals and humanitarian groups. Suarbudaya had been known for his initiative to provide a halfway house for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, survivors of the 1965 communist purge and former Papuan political prisoners, which is in line with the church’s role as a progressive enclave. In 2018, the Post wrote an article about his endeavor to build a halfway house and he was also one of the Post’s sources for news pertaining to Papuan political prisoners who were jailed in the National Police’s Mobile Brigade prison in Depok, West Java, last year. However, GKA accused Suarbudaya of committing sexual misconduct. GKA formed an ad-hoc in...