Power, Principles and Processes
Edited by James K. Beggan and Scott T. Allison
Chapter 8: Training religious leaders in sexually related issues
Religion and sexuality have always been closely connected throughout history. Despite the amount of sexual abuse of women, youth and children, persons with disabilities, gay, lesbian, and trans persons; unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy; clergy sexual misconduct charges; divorce; and sexual dysfunction, there has been little or no training for clergy or other religious leaders on these issues. These leaders have not received good scientifically based information or helpful intervention methods in working with sexual issues. It is also true that members in the fields of religion and sexology have felt suspicion and a lack of trust towards each other. This chapter gives a history of the bridging of these two worlds with training programs for clergy and other religious leaders, both at the seminary and continuing education levels.
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