Sexual Orientation


By Ann Thompson Cook

And God Loves Each One offers a path for people who wonder about sexual orientation, who wonder about the religious view that it’s wrong to be gay. It’s about lighting a spark of learning in your church and community. It’s about growing and bringing gay and straight people together—united by their profound faith that God indeed loves each one. Also available in Spanish.

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Ethicist Marvin Ellison compellingly argues that current crises in family, personal life, and sexuality are related to our culture’s prevailing attitudes about human sexuality. He proposes a liberating Christian ethic of erotic justice that goes beyond the prevailing patriarchal paradigm.

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From American Psychological Association

Sexual orientation refers to an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions to men, women, or both sexes. Sexual orientation also refers to a person’s sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions.

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From the Religious Institute

The bisexuality Initiative helps congregations become bisexually healthy to create a more just and inclusive faith community.

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From Religious Institute and BU School of Theology

The course addresses an urgent need among Christian religious leaders to be well-educated in issues related to sexuality. In addition, the course helps United Methodist Church candidates for licensed and ordained ministry meet the required professional sexual ethics goals and competencies. The primary texts for the course are the Religious Institute’s A Time to Build: Creating Sexually Healthy Faith Communities and Jung and Stephens’ Professional Sexual Ethics: A Holistic Ministry Approach. Download Flyer (pdf)

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From the American Psychological Association (APA)

A statement on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity from the American Psychological Association (APA).

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