Category Archives: Human Sexuality

Papers relating to issues of human sexuality.

The Tip of the Iceberg

November 21, 2006 bible church homosexuality kirk liberal sexuality traditional Is it really just about Homosexuality and Civil Partnerships? Download Adobe pdf Version Introduction: Liberals & Communitarians There is a fascinating debate raging in political philosophy between so-called “liberals” and “communitarians”.[i] An important aspect of it is the question “What makes a self?”  “Communitarians” have [...]

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Living with Integrity in the Church

September 14, 2006 Download Adobe pdf Version As the phrase goes, I hadn’t “come out” to myself when I became a candidate for the ministry and, in time, a minister of the Church of Scotland, but when I did realise I was gay I knew that life couldn’t be the same again. The church, because [...]

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The Personal Repercussions of being Lesbian in the Church of Scotland

September 4, 2006 church church of scotland experience homosexuality kirk lesbian Download Adobe pdf Version This personal story was submitted to OneKirk by a Church of Scotland member. For the sake of her family she would like to remain anonymous. I was born into the Church of Scotland and was baptised before I was 2 [...]

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God Bless Adam and Steve?

September 1, 2006 bible church gay general assembly greenbelt homosexuality interpretation john bell lesbian scripture sexuality Seminar delivered at Greenbelt Festival, August 2006 Rev John L Bell The Iona Community Download Adobe pdf Version Now Adam, will you take Steve’s right hand in yours and will you say after me: In the presence of God [...]

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What the Church of Scotland has said on Homosexuality

August 11, 2006 church of scotland episcopal homosexuality kirk PCUSA presbyterian reports sexuality A Summary of Key Reports and Incidents Download Adobe pdf Version Introduction The previous Principal Clerk to the Church of Scotland, Very Rev Dr Finlay Macdonald, has a chapter on human sexuality within his book Confidence in a Changing Church that provides [...]

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Reactions from the World Church

August 1, 2006 Do the Kirk’s discussions of same-sex relationships and civil partnerships harm inter-church relationships or inter-faith dialogue? THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH Historically, the Church of Scotland’s tradition of openness to a range of theological standpoints and sincerely held but differing biblical perspectives has been a strength and an anchor. The freedom of [...]

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A Psychotherapist’s Reflections on Same-Sex Relationships

July 25, 2006 Download Adobe pdf Version As a minister and a psychotherapist, I wish to contribute to the debate about same sex relationships. From the perspective of a scientific study of human nature, development, personality and behaviour I am very conscious of the complexities of the issue. Every person is the product of processes [...]

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Buried Sexuality

July 21, 2006 church church of scotland faith gay homosexuality kirk lesbian sexuality teenagers young people The experience of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people in the Church of Scotland Download Adobe pdf Version Imagine what it must have been like to be a young adult in the Church of Scotland, who is lesbian, gay [...]

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Determining Right and Wrong from Scripture

July 11, 2006 Considering the Options Download Adobe pdf Version While this article was written to help people in the Uniting Church in Australia as they discuss whether people with an open homosexual orientation should be ordained into the ministry, it nonetheless provides an accessible and helpful introduction to how Scripture can be interpreted. People [...]

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What does the Bible say on Homosexuality?

July 11, 2006 australia bible christianity church church of scotland interpretation scripture uniting church world church What are the issues for us to consider? Download Adobe pdf Version While this article was written to help people in the Uniting Church in Australia as they discuss whether people with an open homosexual orientation should be ordained [...]

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