Pornography

May 20, 2016

Scripture teaches that humans are created in God’s image and that we are accountable to God through right relationship. Sexual images can celebrate the goodness of human sexuality through positive depiction in art, literature, and education. We deplore, however, images that distort this goodness and injure healthy sexual relationships. We oppose all forms of pornography […]

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Abortion

May 20, 2016

The beginning of life and the ending of life are the God-given boundaries of human existence. While individuals have always had some degree of control over when they would die, they now have the awesome power to determine when and even whether new individuals will be born. Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human […]

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Body and Soul: Ministry for Sexuality and Justice

April 6, 2010

The course provides a solid foundation in sexuality-related issues and ministry skills for clergy and religious professionals. The course begins with an assessment of personal sexual history and values as a baseline for addressing a broad range of sexuality issues as they arise in the context of ministry including understandings of sexuality and scripture, church history, and denominational policies that serve as sources for Christian sexual ethics and teachings.

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Christian Sexual Ethics

January 12, 2010

“An exploration of the history of Roman Catholic and Protestant teaching on the meaning of human sexuality with particular attention to the sexual ethics that have developed in the Christian tradition.” (Iona Undergraduate Catalog)

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Christian Perspectives on Human Sexuality

November 5, 2009

This course focuses on pastoral, historical, theological and ethical interpretations of sexuality within the Christian tradition. It brings into conversation four communities with diverse understandings of sexual issues and varying power relationships with one another: GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered), African Americans, womanist and feminist perspectives, and Evangelical-Liberal debates. Students are encouraged to identify key sexual issues from one of these perspectives and formulate adequate responses to these issues in church and society.

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Sexuality and the Social Order

November 5, 2009

Course goals:

•To deepen awareness of personal, social, cultural, and religious dimensions of sexuality, especially as these affect selfhood and community;
•To explore the meaning and demands of sexual justice for church and society;
•To critically appropriate insights from various sources, including scripture, tradition, social and natural sciences, and the Christian feminist and gay liberation movements; and
•To frame a constructive Christian sexual ethic for the new century.

This course will help M.A. and M.Div. students meet the following program goals:

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Frontier Issues in Queer Sexual Ethics

November 4, 2009

This course will explore issues of “queer” sexual ethics including prostitution, promiscuity, public sex, pornography, and pederasty. The course is a unique experience for students since it is closely related to a project, funded by the ARCUS foundation, that seeks to develop resources for an inclusive sexual ethic aimed at overcoming the erotophobia promulgated by ‘mainline’ Christianity. It therefore explores areas of sexuality that are not typically accepted even within ‘liberal’ or gay -affirmative discourses of inclusion.

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