Friday, March 27, 2009

Religious Institute on PBS Religion and Ethics Weekly This Weekend

Dear all:

We are excited to announce that our recent study, Sex and the Seminary:
Preparing Ministers for Sexual Health and Justice
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this week on the PBS series Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. The program will
be available online ( starting Friday night, and local
affiliates will begin airing it over the weekend. (Check for dates
and times.)

Sex and the Seminary is an in-depth report on how 36 leading seminaries and
rabbinical schools in the U.S. integrate sexuality in their degree
requirements, curricula, policies and institutional environments. The
study, co-sponsored by the Religious Institute and Union Theological
Seminary, found that most seminaries are not adequately preparing future
clergy and religious professionals to address the sexuality issues they will
face in ministry. Dr. Kate Ott, the study director of Sex and the Seminary,
is interviewed on the program, which also features how one of the seminaries
in our study -- Chicago Theological School -- addresses sexuality education.

The Sex and the Seminary report represents the first phase in a multi-year
initiative aimed at improving sexuality education in seminaries and
promoting competencies in sexuality issues as an ordination requirement for
all faith traditions. We encourage you to tune in and spread the word!

The Reverend Debra W. Haffner
Religious Institute
21 Charles Street, Suite 140
Westport, CT 06880
203 222 0055

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