Creating an open and hospitable environment for addressing sexual diversity in men's religious formation communities

Full Title
Creating an open and hospitable environment for addressing sexual diversity in men's religious formation communities
Author
Stephen Charles Niskanen
Abstract
The author investigated, according to a focus group methodology, the thinking and current practices of twenty fellow men's religious formation directors regarding approaches to the sexual diversity of their communities' members. This thesis was that prevailing church culture and teaching related to homosexuality tend to inhibit open conversation about the meaning and impact of the erotic energy experienced in a sexually-diverse community. Through quotes from the participants correlated with psycho-social, spiritual, and doctrinal approaches to LGBTQ experience, he outlines initial considerations for a formation praxis hospitable to sexual diversity.
Degree Granting Institution
Advisor
Regina Wentzel Wolfe
Language
English
Date
2018
Number of Pages
158
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