“Embodied Ministry”: Conference Booklet

The Centre for the Study of Christianity and Sexuality’s

Theological Educators’ Group welcomes you t0:

Embodied Ministry:

Gender, Sexuality and Formation

 Ripon College Cuddesdon

9th-10th July 2014

 

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Welcome

I welcome you most warmly on behalf of the Centre for the Study of Christianity & Sexuality and its Theological Educators’ Project Group to this ground-breaking Conference: Embodied Ministry: Gender, Sexuality, & Formation. The roots of the project lie in concerns expressed some five or six years ago by CSCS members that so many clergy and pastoral ministers in all the Churches seemed ill-equipped to be able to discuss issues around gender and human sexuality. In spite of Christians being accused of talking about little else than sex, there appeared to be discomfort in finding the right kind of language and limited awareness of the diverse complexities involved – 50 shades of grey, indeed!  We see this time together, not so much as a project- end, but as a stock-take involving a wider constituency, not least including those who hold academic, formation, and support responsibilities across a wide range of Christian Churches in the UK, and beyond. We aim to identify good practice and helpful resources so that the whole people of God may grow into that fullness of mature gender identity and human sexuality, en- fleshed in our own bodies as members of the Body of Christ, and in which we reflect the face of the Divine Mystery.

Martin Pendergast – CSCS Chairperson

 

Speakers and workshop leaders

Adrian Thatcher, Redeeming Gender  Adrian Thatcher

The churches have forgotten that, until the 17th century, the dominant understanding of sex and gender was of a single humanity, ‘man’, within which women were imperfect, malformed men. Later, a two-sex view of humanity, supposedly established by modern science, became preferred. The idea of the complementarity (not equality) of the sexes arose directly from this view. The Christian Gospel offers neither an ancient one-sex theory, nor a modern two-sex theory, but a single inclusive humanity, made by God and redeemed by Christ, in which differences of all kinds are a means towards communion instead of conflict.

Professor Adrian Thatcher is Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter. He is ‘retired’ and currently editing The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality and Gender. His most recent books are Making Sense of Sex (SPCK, 2012) and God, Sex and Gender: an Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). He is an Anglican.

Carla Grosch - MillerCarla  Grosch- Miller, “Fifty Shades of Grace: The Crafting of Sexual Wisdom”

Each of us has lived sexual experience that gives us embodied knowledge. This embodied knowledge is the premier source for the creation of practical sexual wisdom. We learn by doing, bumping up against others and surviving the consequences. Grace accompanies us all along the way. The purpose of this workshop is to explore a model of sexual-spiritual integration in which embodied knowledge is in critical-liminal conversation with theological sources to create practical sexual wisdom. Space will be made available for (private) personal reflection and creative expression. Implications for theological education will be discussed.

Revd Dr Carla A. Grosch-Miller is a minister and theological educator specialising in sex and ministry short courses for various ministry training colleges.  She is the author of Psalms Redux: Poems and Prayers (Hymns Ancient and Modern, 2014).

Brendan Callaghan, Guided ExamenBrendan Callagha

 This workshop takes the form of a guided Ignatian “Examen” – helping people reflect on where and how they encounter God in the sexual dimension of their lives. This will include an introduction from Brendan, followed by 20 minutes’ or so guided silent reflection, followed by a chance to share and discuss (as people are comfortable to), followed by a little plenary discussion.

Revd Dr Brendan Callaghan SJ is Novice Director for the North-Western Europe Provinces of the Jesuits. In addition to his 30 years of academic work in psychology of religion, based at Heythrop College, University of London, and Campion Hall Oxford, he has run numerous workshop courses on sexuality, both for retreat guides and for committed celibates at various stages of their lives.

Christina BeardsleyChristina Beardsley, Gender, Sexuality, Spirituality: Exploring the Interplay

 Gender, Sexuality, Spirituality: Exploring the Interplay is  an interactive workshop that builds on trans, queer and intersex perspectives. An exploration of identity, role and practice, it requires honesty and attentive listening from participants. Produced for a day conference at St Anne’s, Soho in 2007, it has been offered (and developed) with LGBT Christian organizations, the LGBT Health Summits 2010 and 2011, and the York Spiritual Directors’ Course in 2012 and 2013. Originally a trans-led workshop, at more recent events leaders have identified as lesbian, gay, and trans, and ‘spirituality’ has always been defined  broadly.

Revd Dr Christina Beardsley is Head of Multi-faith Chaplaincy at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London. A member of Sibyls – Christian spirituality for transgender people – Tina is a speaker, writer and activist for LGBTI inclusion in the Church of England and the author of Unutterable Love (Lutterworth, 2009), a biography of F.W. Robertson.

(http://changingattitude.org.uk/category/blogs/christina-beardsley)

Nicola SleeNicola Slee, God-language in Public and Private Prayer as a Place of Integrating Gender, Sexuality and Faith: A Workshop

In this workshop, we will consider how praying with a range of images of God may aid the process of integrating gender, sexuality and faith (and, conversely, how the use of a limited range of patriarchal God-images can limit that work).  We will explore a range of terms, images and metaphors for God drawn from Christian tradition, in scripture, hymnody, poetry and visual imagery, considering particularly how they represent gender and sexuality in God, and how that may relate to our own sense of ourselves as embodied, sexual, engendered beings.  We will use creative writing as a tool to respond to some of these images for ourselves, as well as consider how we might offer a range of God-language to others, through the leadership of worship, spiritual accompaniment, teaching and ministerial formation.

Dr Nicola Slee is Research Fellow at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, and a well-known feminist practical theologian and poet.  Her most recent publications are Making Nothing Happen: Five Poets Explore Faith and Spirituality (Ashgate, 2014), and The Faith Lives of Women and Girls (Ashgate, 2013).

Rachel MannRachel Mann, Queering Spiritual Direction

The praxis of Spiritual Direction has a number of well-established orthodoxies, most notably Ignatian, Franciscan and Benedictine, each typically characterized as paths which invite us to become our ‘true’ selves in God. This session explores and interrogates practices of spiritual direction from a queer perspective, examining the exclusions, inclusions, aporia  and opportunities for trans* people implicit in traditional notions of ‘Spiritual Direction’. Grounded in my experience as a trans woman, a spiritual director and directee, this session will use queer/deviant readings of Biblical texts and meditative strategies in order to open liberative and creative space for trans* Christians.

Revd Rachel Mann is an Anglican priest and writer based in South Manchester. She is the author of Dazzling Darkness: Gender, Sexuality, Illness and God (Wild Goose, 2012) – a theological memoir about what it means to be a trans, disabled and lesbian Christian – and The Risen Dust: Poems and Stories of Passion and Resurrection (Wild Goose, 2013) A trained philosopher, she regularly broadcasts and writes about the intersections between faith, culture and theory. She is also currently Poet-in-Residence at Manchester Cathedral.

Sharon FergusonSharon Ferguson, Male AND Female God Created THEM

What if you understand your gender as ‘both/and’ rather than ‘either/or’? Where do you find yourself in scripture? How are you represented in liturgy and worship? How can ministers ensure a person of non-binary gender identity is affirmed and welcomed into the worshipping community? This workshop will briefly outline some of the alternative ways to understand gender and how those who transgress the binary models of male/female struggle to find a place within the Church. The group will be encouraged to consider what for them is comfortable/uncomfortable about gender identity and the reasons why. We will also consider the gendered language we use in liturgy and worship and the issues of inclusion/exclusion that these may raise.

Revd Sharon Ferguson is the Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in North London, Co-President of the European Forum for LGBT Faith Groups, and was also the CEO of LGCM until the end of May 2014. In October 2014 Sharon will embark on a PhD researching the biblical and theological bases for understanding  non-binary gender and its implications for the Church. Sharon is passionate about  the inclusive love of God for the diverse world that God created.

David NixonDavid Nixon, “Sod ‘Em, Sod ‘Em, Like There’s No Gomorrah”: Comparing Sexualities Education for Teachers, Doctors and Clergy in the UK

This paper compares education in the field of sexualities equality, enquiring how teachers, doctors and clergy are prepared for their professional lives. Data from questionnaires and semi-structured interviews are analysed to reveal that although in many outward respects teaching and medicine reflect recent legislative and cultural changes and the Church does not, in more subtle ways these three professions share a common theme of disjunction between policy and practice. There is also some evidence that certain subsections of these professions offer differential degrees of welcome to gay and lesbian individuals. Behind this empirical study lies the theoretical question of the way in which historically these professions have enmeshed together to structure a dominant heteronormativity. Evidence from this research points to some loosening of these historic ties.

Revd Dr David Nixon is Dean of Studies of the South West Ministry Training Course, and was previously a parish priest in Plymouth. He is a research fellow at the University of Exeter, and has undertaken research and publication about the intersections of education, faith and sexualities. His book Stories from the Street: A Theology of Homelessness was published by Ashgate in 2013.

susannah cornwallSusannah Cornwall, Intersex and Formation

Concerns about intersex (where someone’s body has both male and female physical characteristics) and identity are actually broader questions about identity which face all of us, intersex or not. The process of thinking and working through one’s own sense of one’s gender and sex is likely to better equip one to help others in this part of their journey. In this paper I note some of the questions and challenges intersex candidates may face during selection, training and ministerial formation, before going on to explore some of the theological questions surrounding formation and identity more broadly.

Dr Susannah Cornwall is Advanced Research Fellow in

Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, and Director of EXCEPT (Exeter Centre for Ethics and Practical Theology). Her research focuses on constructive body theologies, and, in particular, the implications of intersex for theologies of sex, gender, sexuality, and theological anthropology. Her books include Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ: Intersex Conditions and Christian Theology

(Equinox, 2010); Controversies in Queer Theology (SCM, 2011); and Theology and Sexuality (SCM, 2013).

Bruce KentBruce A. Kent, Understanding and Responding to Families of LGBT People.

This workshop will look at the impact on a Christian family of having an LGBT member,and the strategies that can be beneficial compared to those that are counter- productive. It will also include a consideration of the support that is available or could be made available to the LGBT individual, and their nuclear and Christian families.

Bruce A. Kent is a recently retired local government officer who is married and has five adult children, one of whom is gay. He pastored Assemblies of God churches for many years and found that discovering that one son was gay was extremely difficult for him theologically, mentally and emotionally. Bruce subsequently resigned from the ministry and is now a trustee of FFLAG (Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), a national charity run by parents who are available to help other parents struggling with their children’s sexuality via the website, national telephone helpline, printed literature, affiliated local support groups and special events.  www.FFLAG.org.uk

Fowlie - PendergastMartin Pendergast and Trish Fowlie, Keep It In the Family (or Not): Sex, Gender, Parents and Families.

This workshop focuses on the pastoral needs of parents and families of LGBTQI people, and different support models, reflecting changing awareness and acceptance within both Church and society, using the stories of parents themselves. It will also highlight some emerging issues for LGBTQI parents themselves within faith communities, and identify some available resources.

Martin Pendergast is chair of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Sexuality. He has theology degrees from Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University and Bristol University. He is a qualified social worker, having managed child and family social work at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, where he specialised in assessment and treatment of child sexual abuse and developed some of the firstn social services for people with HIV/AIDS. He was a founder member of the Roman Catholic Caucus of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement. He was a member of the Catholic Bishops Conference Social Welfare Committee, and a faith-advisory member of the Government’s Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy for five years. He has worked on sex and relationships education in a variety of Catholic settings.

Trish Fowlie was brought up in the Church of Scotland and confirmed at Crown Court Church, London aged 28 after 10 years trying (ineffectively) to ignore God. She worshipped mostly with Anglicans after moving to Tunbridge Wells, but has been a Catholic since 2006. She is married, with three wonderful adult children,  one of whom happens to be gay. She retired from medical practice in November 2012. Trained in psychiatry, she worked in community paediatrics with children with disabilities and troubled families, which has encouraged her advocacy of inclusion and celebration of diversity. “We’re all Jock Tamson’s bairns”, as the Scots say! She has been active in the LGBT Catholics Westminster community for the past few years.

Short papers:

Hayley Matthews, No Faith in Equality and Diversity: The Management of Gender and Sexuality in Faith-Based Environments Exempt from Equality and Diversity Legislation.

 This piece of research focuses on the experiences of priests feeling / being discriminated against on the grounds of their gender or sexuality, and the means by which discrimination is exercised.  Using the Anglican Church in England as a critical case, one transgender priest, gay male priests and female priests were interviewed in-depth, while a survey ‘took the temperature’ of the clergy in general illuminating the wider context within which these research findings sit.

Revd Hayley Matthews is an Anglican priest currently serving in the Diocese of Manchester. Passionate about egalitarianism, Hayley is always amused when defined as a feminist for simply expecting equitable treatment. Hayley’s sending Bishop described her as ‘a Charismatic Catholic Evangelical’, a call to reconciliation that continues to direct her ministry.

Jan Berry, Boundaries, Power and Vulnerability in Pastoral Care.

The ‘sacred space’ of the pastoral encounter involves risk and vulnerability. It is the task of the pastoral care-giver to hold the space so that there is a sense of safety which can enable the sharing and exploration of personal, often painful, emotions and spiritual questioning. Arising out of Jan Berry’s experience of teaching pastoral care, this paper explores what it means to negotiate and hold safe boundaries, reflects on issues of power and vulnerability in pastoral care, and asks:  ‘What are the implications of this for our models of ministry and pastoral care?’

Revd Dr Jan Berry is a minister of the United Reformed Church with fifteen years’ experience of teaching practical theology to ministers, ordinands and lay people. She was recently asked to convene a group commissioned to produce training on pastoral boundaries for URC ministers. She has a particular interest in feminist liturgy and spirituality.

Conference chaplains

 Some of the sessions may bring up particular thoughts, feelings or questions about sex, sexuality or gender identity which you would appreciate talking through with someone else. We are grateful to our chaplains, who have agreed to be present throughout the conference to be available for individual prayer and support, as well as to help lead our worship.

 Revd Dr Emma Percy is Chaplain, Welfare Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford.

Revd Tanya Stormo Rasmussen is Minister at Wheatley United Reformed Church, and Chaplain and Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford.

We are also grateful to the Revd Canon Professor Martyn Percy for presiding at our Wednesday evening Eucharist and for hosting us here at Ripon College Cuddesdon.

 Recommended Reading

A bookstall with a number of discounted titles will be available

Below are some ideas for recommended reading in the areas we have focused on in the conference. More extensive lists can be found at  the CSCS Website book pages.

Christian sexual ethics – general

Cornwall, Susannah (2013). Theology and Sexuality. London: SCM Press.

Countryman, L. William (2007). Dirt, Greed and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and their Implications for Today. (Rev. ed).  London: SCM Press.

Farley, Margaret (2007). Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics. New York, NY: Continuum.

Jordan, Mark D. (2002). The Ethics of Sex. Oxford: Blackwell.

Jung, Patricia Beattie and Aana Marie Vigen (eds.) (2010). God, Science, Sex, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Salzman, Todd A. and Michael G. Lawler (2008). The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. Thatcher, Adrian (2002). Living Together and Christian Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Thatcher, Adrian (2011). God, Sex and Gender: An Introduction. Chichester: WileyBlackwell.

Thatcher, Adrian (2012). Making Sense of Sex. London: SPCK.

Clergy sexual ethics

Church of England (2003). Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of Clergy. London: Church House Publishing.

Ellison, Marvin M. and Sylvia Thorson-Smith (Eds.). (2003). Body and Soul: Rethinking Sexuality as Justice-Love. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press.

Friberg, Nils C. and Mark Laaser (1998). Before the Fall: Preventing Pastoral Sexual Abuse. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

Geary, Brendan and Alison Moore (2010). “Sexuality in ministerial relationships” in Geary, Brendan and Joanne Marie Greer, Sexual Issues: Understanding and Advising in a Christian Context.  Suffolk: Kevin Mayhew. Pp. 349-378.

Holmes, Peter R. and Susan B. Williams (2007). Church as a Safe Place, a Handbook: Confronting, Resolving and Minimizing Abuse in the Church. Milton Keynes: Authentic Media.

Jung, Patricia Beattie and Darryl W. Stephens (eds.) (2013). Professional Sexual Ethics: A Holistic Ministry Approach. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.

Litchfield, Kate (2006). Tend my Flock: Sustaining Good Pastoral Care.  Norwich: Canterbury Press.

Embodied spirituality

Bell, Rob (2007). Sex God: exploring the endless connections between sexuality and spirituality. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Ellison, Marvin M. and Kelly Brown Douglas (eds.) (2010) Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection, 2nd ed.  Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press.

Fuller, R. (2008). Spirituality in the Flesh: Bodily Sources of Religious Experience. Oxford University Press.

Horn, M.J., Piedmont, R.L., Fialkowski, G.M., Wicks, R.J. and Hunt, M.E. (2005). “Sexuality and Spirituality: The Embodied Spirituality Scale”. Theology and Sexuality, 12(1), 81-101. DOI: 10.1177/1355835805057788.

Ind, Jo (2003). Memories of Bliss: God, Sex, and Us. London: SCM Press.

Nelson, James B. (1988). The Intimate Connection: Male Sexuality, Masculine Spirituality. Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press.

Rogers, Eugene F. (1999). Sexuality and the Christian Body: Their Way Into the Triune God. Oxford: Blackwell.

Sheldrake, P. (2001). Befriending our Desires. London: Darton, Longman & Todd. Timmerman, J. (2005). “Sexuality and Spirituality.” In Sheldrake, P. (ed.) The New SCM Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (pp. 575-579). London: SCM Press.

Intersex and theology

Cornwall, Susannah. Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ: Intersex Conditions and Christian Theology. London: Equinox, 2010.

Cornwall, Susannah (ed.) Intersex, Theology and the Bible: Troubling Bodies in Church, Text and Society. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Gross, Sally. “Intersexuality and Scripture.” Theology and Sexuality 11 (1999): 65-74.

Hare, John. “‘Neither Male Nor Female’: The Case of Intersexuality.” In An Acceptable Sacrifice? Homosexuality and the Church, edited by Duncan Dormor and Jeremy Morris, 98-111. London: SPCK, 2007.

Jung, Patricia Beattie. “Christianity and Human Sexual Polymorphism: Are They Compatible?” In Ethics and Intersex, edited by Sharon E. Sytsma, 293-309. Dordrecht: Springer, 2006.

Lesbian, gay and queer theologies

Althaus-Reid, Marcella (2003), The Queer God, London and New York: Routledge

Cheng, Patrick S. (2011), Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology, New York, NY: Seabury

Cheng, Patrick S. (2013), Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit, New York, NY: Seabury

Cornwall, Susannah (2011), Controversies in Queer Theology, London: SCM Press Goss, Robert E. (2002), Queering Christ: Beyond Jesus Acted Up, Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press

Hagger-Holt, Rachel and Sarah Hagger-Holt (2009).  Living It Out: A Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Christians and their Friends, Families and Churches. London: Canterbury Press.

Hunt, Stephen (ed.) (2009), Contemporary Christianity and LGBT Sexualities, Farnham: Ashgate

Loughlin, Gerard (ed.) (2007), Queer Theology: Rethinking the Western Body, Oxford: Blackwell

Shore-Goss, Robert, Thomas Bohache, Patrick S. Cheng and Mona West (eds.) (2013), Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger

Stuart, Elizabeth (ed.) (1997), Religion is a Queer Thing: A Guide to the Christian Faith for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered People, London: Cassell

Stuart, Elizabeth (2003). Gay and Lesbian Theologies: Repetitions With Critical Difference. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Sexual abuse and recovery

Bass, E. and Davis, L. (1994). Beginning to Heal: A First Book for Men and Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

Crisp, Beth R. (2010) Beyond Crucifixion: Meditations on Surviving Sexual Abuse, London: Darton, Longman & Todd

Fortune, Marie and Marshall, J. (eds.) (2002). Forgiveness and Abuse: Jewish and Christian Reflections.  Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press.

Horst, E. (1998). Recovering the Lost Self: Shame – Healing for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

Poling, N.W. (ed.) (1999). Victim to Survivor: Women Recovering from Clergy Sexual Abuse. Cleveland, OH: United Church Press.

Transgender theology

Althaus-Reid, Marcella and Lisa Isherwood (eds.) (2009), Trans/Formations, London: SCM Press

Beardsley, Christina (2007), “The Transsexual Person is my Neighbour: Pastoral Guidelines for Christian Clergy, Pastors and Congregations (Appendix on Intersex by Michelle O’Brien)”, Brighton: Gender Trust

Kolakowski, Victoria S. (1997), “Toward a Christian Ethical Response to Transsexual Persons”, Theology and Sexuality 6, 10-31. doi:10.1177/135583589700300602

Mann, Rachel (2012), Dazzling Darkness: Gender, Sexuality, Illness and God, Glasgow: Wild Goose Publications

McCall Tigert, L. and Tirabassi, M.C. (eds.). (2004). Transgendering Faith: Identity, Sexuality and Spirituality. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press.

Tanis, Justin (2003), Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith, Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press

Timetable

Wednesday 9th July

11.00 Residential registration, tea and coffee

13.00 Lunch (for residential delegates only) and Day 1 registration

14.00 Welcome and plenary session 1

Welcome (Martin Pendergast); How might the Bible be used to inform better integration of gender, sexuality and spirituality in formational settings? (Adrian Thatcher); The reality of the ministerial/pastoral care setting (Christina Beardsley); Questions and discussion (Chair: Susannah Cornwall)

15.30Tea and coffee

16.00 Parallel workshops 1

  • Susannah Cornwall, “Intersex and Formation.”
  • Carla Grosch-Miller, “Fifty Shades of Grace: The Crafting of Sexual Wisdom.”
  • David Nixon, “Sod ‘Em, Sod ‘Em Like There’s No Gomorrah:

Comparing Sexualities Education for Doctors, Teachers and Clergy in the UK.”

17.30 Networking or individual time

18.30 Dinner

19.30Parallel workshops 2

  • Martin Pendergast and Trish Fowlie, “Keep It In the Family (or Not):

Sex, Gender, Parents and Families.” •Brendan Callaghan, Guided Examen.

  • Adrian Thatcher, “Redeeming Gender.”

21.00 Eucharist

Thursday 10th July

8.00 Breakfast (for residential delegates only) and Day 2 registration

9.00 Morning Prayer followed by Parallel workshops 3

  • Sharon Ferguson, “Male AND Female God Created THEM.”
  • Rachel Mann, “Queering Spiritual Direction.”
  • Bruce A. Kent, “Understanding and Responding to Families of LGBT People.”

10.30 Tea and Coffee

10.45 Plenary session 2

The integration of gender, sexuality, faith and spirituality in the ministerial context: Rachel Mann, David Nixon,  Nicola Slee.   Questions and discussion (Chair: Sharon Ferguson)

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Parallel workshops 4

  • Christina Beardsley, “Gender, Sexuality, Spirituality: Exploring the Interplay.”
  • Nicola Slee, “God-Language in Public and Private Prayer as a Place of Integrating Gender, Sexuality and Faith.”
  • Short papers:

1-1.45pm Hayley Matthews, “No Faith in Equality and Diversity – the

Management of Gender and Sexuality in Faith Based Environments

Exempt from Equality and Diversity Legislation.”

1.45-2.30pm Jan Berry, “Boundaries, Power and Vulnerability in Pastoral Care.”

14.30 Tea and coffee

14.45 Plenary Session 3

Gender and sexuality in the pastoral encounter: Carla Grosch-Miller,

Brendan Callaghan, Sharon Ferguson. Questions and discussion                 (Chair: Martin Pendergast)

15.45 Closing worship

16.30 Conference ends

Chaplains will be available throughout the conference for individual prayer and support.

With this booklet you should also have received a feedback form and equality and diversity form. Both of these are totally anonymous. We’d be very

grateful if you filled them in during the conference and left them behind

when you leave the closing worship. Alternatively, you can return them by post (anonymously) to Dr Susannah Cornwall, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter, Amory Building, Rennes Drive, Exeter EX4 4RJ, or by e-mail to s.m.cornwall@exeter.ac.uk

This conference has been put together by the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Sexuality Theological Educators’ Group, some of whom are pictured below.

L-R: Jane Fraser, Martin Pendergast, Martyn Percy, Terence Weldon, Carla GroschMiller, Susannah Cornwall, Clare Herbert.

We are extremely grateful to Martyn Percy, Gill Keeble, and all the staff of Ripon Cuddesdon College for their kind help and support in hosting our Conference.

PO Box 24632, London E9 6XF

info@christianityandsexuality.org  www.christianityandsexuality.org

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