Saturday, March 28, 2009

Seminaries & Sex

PBS, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly has a segment this Sunday March 27th (tomorrow) on Seminaries and Sex. The segment mentions the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing which published a report earlier this year charging that seminaries and rabbinical schools are failing to give the next generation of clergy resources to meet the challenges around this topic. Martin Marty helpfully wrote (after reading the report):

Their two-year study finds that more than ninety percent of the thirty-six leading seminaries surveyed do not require full-semester, sexuality-based courses for graduation, and two-thirds do not offer a course in sexuality issues for religious professionals.

I am happy to say that at the seminary where I teach we will be offering a new course on sexuality and social justice in the fall. Details forthcoming.

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