May 1, 2009
In one of my very first blog posts on Amplify, I wrote about the Presbyterian Church (USA) and its discussion about amending the discriminatory language in its constitution. Currently, the PC(USA) Constitution states that church officers must conform to the historic standards of the church, one of which is “the requirement to live either in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.” As I wrote before, I’m positive that many individual Presbyterian congregations do not strictly adhere …
One of the podcasts I subscribe to is Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly from PBS. Recently, they did a piece entitled Sex and Seminaries. They highlighted a report called Sex and the Seminary: Preparing Ministers for Sexual Health and Justice that the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing published in January of this year.
The PBS piece is really good, and you can read more about the Religious Institute’s report here. We (or at least I) don’t always think of the more distant consequences of not teaching comprehensive sex …
Mar 27, 2009
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Mar 23, 2009
This week on Amplify, we’ll be highlighting the voices of progressive religious people. When thinking about the role of religious people in the sexuality sphere, it’s easy to think of the Pope who doesn’t want condoms in Africa and the evangelicals who oppose abortion rights and comprehensive sex education. But, there are many progressive, pro-condom, pro-comprehensive sex ed people of faith working for reproductive justice from a religious framework, and we should make more of an effort to hear those voices and understand their complexity.
For three days this …
Mar 11, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
Last week, RH Reality Check posted about right-wing Catholic groups criticizing Kathleen Sebelius (Kansas Governor and Obama’s Secretary of HHS nominee). She identifies as a Catholic person, but some groups (notably the Catholic League and the American Life League) are criticizing her for her "off-the-charts" support for abortion. She has been called a "fake Catholic," and the archbishop of Kansas City said she should refrain from receiving communion.
Unfortunately, Governor Sebelius is not the first (and probably not the last) Catholic and pro-choice politician to be criticized in this way. …
Feb 19, 2009
Another intern here at Advocates came across some interesting e-cards this afternoon. Exhale, an after-abortion counseling talkline, has some after-abortion e-cards available for anyone to send to a friend or relative who has recently had an abortion. The creators of the cards recognize that there are a range of different thoughts and emotions that women can experience after having an abortion, so there are several different messages. Visitors to the site are encouraged to choose a card for their loved one after carefully considering how the woman is …
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