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“Parts” Language and Parts of Yourself

“Parts” Language and Parts of Yourself

Everyone seems to describe his or her family as kind of crazy. There’s the uncle no one’s seen in years.  A “black sheep” cousin.  Two aunts who don’t see eye to eye.  An overprotective parent.  A wayward sibling.  Sometimes, it feels like we carry those people, or aspects of them, inside of ourselves.  How we describe those aspects of ourselves is known as “parts” language...

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Nature Versus Nurture

Nature Versus Nurture

One of the oldest questions in psychology undoubtedly is the nature versus nurture debate. Plato reasoned that qualities are innate; occurring naturally regardless of the environment they are in. Other philosophers such as John Locke argued that the mind is a blank slate, impacted by experiences. Whether intelligence or human sexuality, humans are curious to understand what factors influence an...

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Student Development

Student Development

Student Life plays an essential role in creating a certain climate at their institution but also can be extremely meaningful in making a difference in the lives of Christians who experience same-sex attraction.  In order to be an effective resource for your institution and individuals, it is first necessary to become aware of what exactly sexual identity is.  Please see other resources on our...

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Shame

Shame

Shame has been associated with poor psychological health in Christian sexual minorities. There are many possible sources of shame and the mainstream gay community often identifies discrimination in a largely heterosexual society as one specific source of shame. In this article, I want to discuss how churches have conveyed a shame-based script (Johnson &Yarhouse, 2013). Let me begin with a...

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Resources for Youth Pastors

Resources for Youth Pastors

Youth Pastors are tasked not only with providing spiritual guidance to students and young adults, but also with helping them to navigate important questions about morality and sexuality.  In this vein, one of the biggest questions facing youth ministers today is how to respond to a student who has revealed that they are experiencing same sex attraction in a way that is both sensitive to the...

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