Beyond the Scandals: A Guide to Healthy Sexuality for Clergy

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AN INSTRUCTIVE GENERIC CASE

CASE STUDIES, NARRATIVE, AND STORIES are valuable in human understanding for they tend to open a connection between our thinking and our emotions. This allows us entry into our personal experience in ways rational discussion alone does not provide. The following story has demonstrated its ability to connect cognition and affect in ways important for seeing and understanding the connection between ministry and sexuality as a personal experience, which is often more complex than it appears. Following this story are opportunities to reflect on insights it can provide.


The Pulpits of Madison County

The following story is written as an instructive simulation of the best-selling romantic novel The Bridges of Madison County by Robert Waller. That book’s enormous popularity parallels the reception of Erich Segal’s Love Story a generation earlier. Since it deals with sexual passion outside of marriage in a sympathetic manner, a duplication of its format provides a penetrating opportunity to highlight an attitude common to some clergy who have

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Table of contents

  • Beyond the Scandals i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • Part One - Context 1
  • 1 - Understanding Contemporary Clergy Sex Scandals 3
  • 2 - Diagnosis- Abnormal 21
  • Part Two - Cases and Interventions 41
  • 3 - An Instructive Generic Case 43
  • 4 - Worst-Case Scenarios- Child Abuse 56
  • 5 - Insidious Sexual Misconduct 73
  • 6 - Dissonant Sexual Expressions 91
  • 7- Victim-Survivor- Care and Prevention 111
  • Part Three - Healthy Sexuality 137
  • 8 - Why People Act as They Do 139
  • 9 - Healthy Sexuality- Its Joys, Varieties, and Agendas 163
  • 10 - The Joy of Healthy Sex 187
  • Appendix 205
  • Works Cited 212
  • Acknowledgments 217
  • Index 222
  • About the Author 240
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