Beyond the Scandals: A Guide to Healthy Sexuality for Clergy

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Fortress Press - Religion - 235 pages
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Recent sexual scandals have rocked the North American religious scene and left the churches concerned about credibility and liability. What are the bounds of clergy sexuality? What constitutes misconduct, and what legal, moral, and religious norms apply? More broadly, what has gone wrong, and how can clergy understand their own sexuality and their lives of service? Lloyd Rediger is a uniquely qualified national expert on all these questions with a strong message for clergy about their sexuality, spirituality, and behavior. In this timely volume, which incorporates material from his earlier volume Ministry and Sexuality, Rediger brings his extensive research, clinical experience, and theological insights to bear on the topic. He offers a comprehensive, authoritative account of clergy sexuality and sexual ethics with up-to-date legal information; helpful research on ethnic, gender, and denominational factors; a religious and moral framework for understanding clergy sexuality; and analysis of the sexual problems encountered by clergy. (Learn more about Dr. Rediger at his website.) This volume could well become the standard pro-fessional resource for clergy in a new era of increased accountability and moral reflection.
 

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Contents

Understanding Contemporary Clergy Sex Scandals
3
Contextual Insights
9
What We Are Learning
11
What Is New This Time
15
Summary
19
Diagnosis Abnormal
21
Frequent Clergy Maladies
32
Women Clergy and the Role of Pastor
34
VictimSurvivor Care and Prevention
111
Three Cases
112
Definitions
121
Therapeutic Models and Interventions
127
Applications
131
Summary
135
Healthy Sexuality
137
Why People Act As They Do
139

Sexual Misconduct by Women Pastors
36
Warning Signs of Clergy Sexual Misconduct
37
Summary
39
Cases and Interventions
41
An Instructive Generic Case
43
Analysis of the Story
51
Summary
54
WorstCase Scenarios Child Abuse
56
A Friend of Boys
58
Another Version
61
A Dad and His Daughters
65
Commentary
68
Intervention and Therapy
69
Summary
71
Insidious Sexual Misconduct
73
The Wanton Seminary Professor
76
Friendly Rape
81
Executive Rape
83
The Case of the Sexually Obsessed Pastor
85
Summary
89
Dissonant Sexual Expressions
91
Cybersex
92
The Paraphilias
96
Sexual Dysfunctions
101
Sexual Harassment
104
Summary
109
Agendas for Human Behavior
141
Application
148
An Ethics of Consequences
150
The Premises of Absolutist Ethics
152
The Premises of Consequential Ethics
154
Application
158
A Unique Human Motivation
160
Summary
162
Healthy Sexuality Its Joys Varieties and Agendas
163
Generic Definitions with Many Variations
169
Theological Premises
172
Significant Issues of Sexuality
175
The Joy of Intimacy
182
The Sexuality of Our Planet
185
Summary
186
The Joys of Healthy Sex
187
A Good Pastor on the Edge
189
Principles of Biblical Wholeness
194
What Are Health and Fitness?
197
Summary
203
Inventory of Spirituality and Sexuality
205
Works Cited
212
Acknowledgments
217
Index
222
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G. Lloyd Rediger, ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), is a consultant to denominations and seminaries

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