The Church of the Nazarene asserts that homosexuality is a perversion of human sexuality, and that homosexual acts are sinful and subject to the wrath of God. The denomination also states that all people should be treated with dignity, grace, and holy love—regardless of sexual orientation—while firmly maintaining its position that a “homosexual lifestyle” is sinful and contrary to scripture. Nazarene clergy experience a tension between the denomination’s position on homosexuality and ministering to LGBT people. This qualitative study explored the lived experiences of thirteen Nazarene clergy responses to homosexuality and their interactions with LGBT people. The resulting themes offer implications for Nazarene clergy, the Church of the Nazarene, LGBT people, counselor educators, and clinical practitioners.
|Advisor:||Neuer Colburn, Anita|
|Commitee:||Leitch-Alford, Linda, Newmeyer, Mark D., Oord, Thomas Jay|
|Department:||School of Psychology and Counseling|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Social research, GLBT Studies|
|Keywords:||Church, Clergy, Homosexuality, LGBT, Nazarene, Same-sex|
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