Lichfield Anglican Statement on Pastor Care and sexuality

Apparently Jesus isn’t let into the “no go zone” either in word or deed.

Intrusive questioning about someone’s sexual practices or desires, or their experience of gender, is almost always inappropriate. It is also unacceptable to tell or insinuate to people that sexual orientation or gender identity will be changed by faith, or that homosexuality or gender difference is a sign of immaturity or a lack of faith. In our pastoral ministries we may well need to listen to and talk with people about their sexual practices and desires, or their gender identity, if they bring such issues to us. We may also be asked to pray with people who for any reason are troubled by their sexual desires or practices or their gender identity. We need to be highly attentive to people when they approach us asking for counsel and prayers on these deepest aspects of their life. We must be alert to the power relations involved in such prayers and conversations, and the possibility of spiritual or emotional abuse.

About PaulVK

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2 Responses to Lichfield Anglican Statement on Pastor Care and sexuality

  1. Brenda Kronemeijer-Heyink says:

    I’m confused what you mean by Jesus not being let into the ‘no go zone,’ especially as it relates to the quote. Are you suggesting that as pastors we should be intrusively questioning people’s sexual lives, or am I missing something?

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