Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Nazarene Clergy Responses to Homosexuality And Interactions with LGBT People
by Watson, Reginald G., Ph.D., Regent University, 2015, 451; 3700870
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Neuer Colburn, Anita
Commitee: Leitch-Alford, Linda, Newmeyer, Mark D., Oord, Thomas Jay
School: Regent University
Department: School of Psychology and Counseling
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Social research, LGBTQ studies
Keywords: Church, Clergy, Homosexuality, LGBT, Nazarene, Same-sex
Publication Number: 3700870
ISBN: 978-1-321-71053-3
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