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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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Fall 2013 In Review

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Facilitating Personal Congruence

Facilitating Personal Congruence

As humans, we often find that we are conflicted within.  We may have been taught that certain things are right or wrong, but, when confronted with them in everyday life, we find that the answers aren’t always so cut and dry.  We find that our experience or our feelings differ from what we have always believed or have been taught to believe.  This causes inner conflict, which often leads to...

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The Three Tier Distinction

The Three Tier Distinction

When we refer to the “three tier distinction,” we are talking about a distinction between same-sex attraction, a homosexual orientation, and a gay identity.   Same sex attraction refers to experiences of physical and emotional attraction to a person of the same sex.  It does not define a person. In fact, it is one of the most descriptive ways to talk about a person’s experiences. ...

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Coming Out for Parents of Sexual Minorities

Coming Out for Parents of Sexual Minorities

“Coming out” for LGBT youths and young adults is a significant milestone event in their sexual identity development.  A small but significant collection of research suggests that the families of sexual minorities go through a “coming out” process of their own (Beeler & DiProva, 1999; Saltzburg, 2004).  Parents must learn to navigate new aspects of their identity within their...

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