Bullying is a growing problem in parts of the connection. It is a contributing factor in suicide and in the violence we see in some cultures today. We affirm the right of all people, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, race, religion, disability, age, physical appearance, sexual orientation and gender identity, to be free of unwanted […]
1 1 The Executive Council recommends this resolution be sent to a committee of the General Synod 2 3 RESISTING ACTIONS SEEKING TO UNDERMINE THE STATUS 4 OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY 5 6 Submitted by The Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ 7 8 A Resolution of Witness 9 10 SUMMARY 11 12 […]
A Call to Affirmation
We affirm that sexuality is a good and beautiful gift of God, a gift of identity, and a way of being in
the world as male and female.
We affirm that we can feel positive about our bodies and our sexuality because we are created in
God’s image and know our Creator.
We affirm that sexual drives are a real part of our lives, but that the satisfaction of those drives is
not the chief good in life.
We affirm both the goodness of singleness and the goodness of marriage and family in the Lord.
Serious questions about moral behavior and relationships continue to arise in many nations. These issues are complex and difficult to understand outside their particular settings because of strikingly different cultural histories, customs, and understandings of scripture. For example, the issues include female submission, female genital mutilation, child brides, forced marriages, and sexual permissiveness.
WHEREAS, The Bible declares that all people are created by God in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27), teaches the sanctity and dignity of all human life (Psalm 8:4-5), and requires us to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8, 9); and
WHEREAS, Jesus declared that it is better to have a millstone tied around one’s neck than to cause a child to stumble (Mark 9:42); and
WHEREAS, As many as one million women and two million children are trafficked internationally into sexual slavery annually; and
WHEREAS, In this country it is now estimated that as many as 2,000 children die each year as a result of domestic violence and as many as two million suffer from abuse and neglect, and
WHEREAS, Children in one of ten American families hit, beat, stab, or shoot their parents, and
WHEREAS, Spouse battering, violent acts by either husband or wife, occur in more than 20 percent of American homes, and
WHEREAS, More police die as a result of answering domestic violence calls than any other aspect of their work, and
WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention has frequently expressed alarm about the consequences of pornography upon the moral, family, and social life of our nation and the dramatic rise in the availability of pornography; and
WHEREAS, New applications of media technology have produced new opportunities for obscene communication through media such as "Dial-A-Porn", cable television and various obscene video cassettes; and
Written by Archpriest Joseph F Purpura
taken from his book: Moral and Ethical Issues: Confronting Orthodox Youth Across North America
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article by Rev. Jennie Boyd Bull is Part One of a two part series titled "The Eucharist as Embodiment: Toward a Sacramental Theology of Sexuality." The excerpts are taken from her ordination paper. FFO is developing a grass roots Christian Theology of Sexuality. The following does not report an official stand of the commission.
Conclusions (piskei halakhah)