On Biblical Sexuality And The Freedom Of Conscience

June 15, 2016

WHEREAS, In the beginning God created male and female in His image as the crowning act of Creation (Genesis 1:26–27); and WHEREAS, Marriage is between one man and one woman, ordered by God toward the union of the spouses, the means of procreation, formative of family, and foundational to the common good of society (Genesis […]

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On Pornography And Sexual Purity

June 17, 2015

WHEREAS, God calls His people to holiness and Christ has specifically summoned His followers to sexual purity (Matthew 5:27–28; 1 Thessalonians 4:3–5); and WHEREAS, Sexual sin robs us of our joy in God and is especially grievous to our souls (1 Corinthians 6:18); and WHEREAS, Increasing numbers of men and women report their addiction and […]

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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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Biblical Theology: Saving Love

January 12, 2010

This course is designed to introduce students to the poetry, and content of the so-called ‘Marriage Metaphor’ for understanding the relationship between God and the covenanted people. Primary emphasis will be placed on reading and exegesis of the biblical text of the Writing Prophets, Song of Songs, and their metamorphoses in NT Imagery and Christian Carmelite Spirituality. Special attention will be given to critical studies which deconstruct violence against women and parallel literature.

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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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Sexuality and Relationship Counseling

November 4, 2009

This course will explore ways in which sexuality and/or sexual identity influence the practice of pastoral care and counseling. Particular attention will be given to situations in which care and counseling are both very needed and very difficult such as those relating to marital and premarital care and counseling, homosexuality, sexual abuse, sexual education in a congregational context, abortion, clergy sexual abuse and misconduct, etc.. Class discussion, role playing, and interaction with professional resource persons will all contribute to the learning process.

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