Do Seminaries Teach Clergy to Deal with Sex Issues?

How much training do seminaries actually offer clergy regarding issues of teenage sexuality, helping couples with family planning or infertility, sexual abuse prevention programs, intervention and counseling or referring, managing their own attraction and professional boundaries with congregants? Does anyone ever question? Is there a standard? Should there be one?

Sex and the Seminary: Preparing Ministers for Sexual Health and Justice is a report based on a survey of 36 leading seminaries and rabbinical schools of diverse size and geographic location, representing a range of Christian, Jewish and Unitarian Universalist traditions. Granted, this diverse group includes non-Protestants but it may offer some insightful information about deficiencies in our existing leadership training.


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