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Sex and the Seminary

Talking to faith communities about sexuality

A 2009 study looks at how religious leaders are being prepared to address this once-taboo topic.

Sex is a big part of human life, character—even spirituality. But sex and the church can make for a sensitive combination. This report by the Religious Institute looks at sexuality and LGBT studies training at 36 leading seminaries and rabbinical schools. The results find that many religious professionals graduate without having taken a course on sexuality, and the incoming generation of religious scholars are not teaching sexuality courses. “Even the most committed seminaries could be doing more to prepare their students and promote the sexual well-being of their institutions,” the report concludes.