On Defunding And Investigating Planned Parenthood

June 14, 2017

WHEREAS, Scripture clearly affirms the sanctity of human life throughout all stages of development (Psalm 139:13–16); and WHEREAS, God abhors the shedding of innocent blood and requires His people to do all in their power to rescue persons from such acts (Proverbs 6:16–17; 24:11–12); and WHEREAS, In The Baptist Faith & Message and in many […]

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HIV/AIDS Health Ministry Education

July 31, 2012


, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 77th General Convention affirm the importance of HIV and AIDS ministry in the Church; and be it further

Resolved, That the 77th General Convention urge parish health ministry programs to include HIV and AIDS education as a component of their ongoing programming; and be it further

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Religious Institute Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Health Care Act

June 28, 2012

June 28, 2012—The Religious Institute applauds today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, including contraceptive coverage and the inability to deny insurance benefits to people with pre-­‐‑existing conditions, including HIV/AIDS. “We applaud today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and the courage of this administration […]

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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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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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Sexuality and Spirituality: Pastoral and Congregational Care

November 4, 2009

This course will focus on the work of parishes, pastors, and pastoral counselors in the arena of sexuality. Many of the issues faced by congregations and clergy require a deep understanding of sexual theology and pastoral care. These issues include, but are not limited to: gender dynamics, healthy sexuality, sexual dysfunction, abortion, sexual identity, and sexual violence. In order to speak to these important social issues, churches need to be equipped with the language and tools to provide care to communities, families, and individuals.

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Teaching Sexual Health, Ethics, and Justice

October 30, 2009

As a complement to ET 1705 (Sexuality and the Social Order), this intensive course addresses the debates about sexuality education (abstinence-only and comprehensive), Christian responses to gender and sexual diversity, the framing of a contemporary Christian sexual ethic, and various justice issues related to sexuality.

In addition, this course certifies students as trainers for the Our Whole Lives (OWL) comprehensive sexuality education curriculum for grades 7-9 and 10-12, sponsored by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

No prerequisite.

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