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1 Rev. Jamie Washington, Ph.D. President, The Washington Consulting Group Founder, Social Justice Training Institute Co-Pastor Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore

2 To create a space for deeper levels of authentic conversations about the intersections of Religion and Sexualities. To identify and examine the blockers and communication stoppers in this conversation. To offer strategies for engaging people with differing perspectives and beliefs, with the intention of building more inclusive campus communities and gain deeper understanding. 2

3 I believe that we are all here because we want to engage this conversation more effectively. I believe that we are all teachers and learners together. I believe that there is not one right way to be in this this conversation. I believe we must be willing to engage, if we are to build more respectful communities. 3

4 The Washington Consulting Group Context Conten t Foundation for Engagement 4 Race SexualityChristianity

5 Getting Started What brings you to this session and how are you feeling about being here? What do you see as you look around campus and your community, that makes this session necessary? Hopes for our time together … 5

6 Creating a Learning Environment Engaging the “Barriers to Understanding” The Fundamentals: Tips for continued engagement and learning. Next Steps 6

7 Learning Community Agreements Open and Honest Communication All perspectives are valid and welcome Speak from personal experience: use “I” statement to share thoughts and feeling Listen respectfully Open to New Perspectives Take Risk, Say the Unsaid Trust that dialogue will take us to deeper levels of understanding and acceptance. Hang in There and Have Fun Others… Open and Honest Communication All perspectives are valid and welcome Speak from personal experience: use “I” statement to share thoughts and feeling Listen respectfully Open to New Perspectives Take Risk, Say the Unsaid Trust that dialogue will take us to deeper levels of understanding and acceptance. Hang in There and Have Fun Others… 7

8 Barriers to Understanding The Cycle of Socialization/Oppression Knowledge of Sexualities Individual “Faith” Journey Relationship to, and Knowledge/Understanding of the Bible Lack of authentic relationships with LGBTQ…, People of “Faith” 8

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10 Cycle of Socialization/Oppression Actions Don’t make waves Promote status quo Change is bad Actions Don’t make waves Promote status quo Change is bad Results In:  Dissonance Silence, Guilt, Anger, Self Hatred Dehumanization, Lack of Reality Collusion/ignorance Internalized Oppression/Dominance Horizontal Violence and Hostility Results In:  Dissonance Silence, Guilt, Anger, Self Hatred Dehumanization, Lack of Reality Collusion/ignorance Internalized Oppression/Dominance Horizontal Violence and Hostility Internalization/enforcements Sanctions/stigma Human difference = negative Rewards and punishments for behavior Conscious/unconscious beliefs/attitudes Internalization/enforcements Sanctions/stigma Human difference = negative Rewards and punishments for behavior Conscious/unconscious beliefs/attitudes CORE Confusion Hurt Anger Fear BORN into societ y Things Already Set BORN into societ y Things Already Set Institutional and cultural Family and friends Schools, teachers, books Religious institutions Media Government/legal system Cultural “Standards ” Institutional and cultural Family and friends Schools, teachers, books Religious institutions Media Government/legal system Cultural “Standards ” First socialization Expectations History/traditions Stereotypes, Myths, Missing Information/ Bias History Norms/habits Values/dreams Roles/responsibilities First socialization Expectations History/traditions Stereotypes, Myths, Missing Information/ Bias History Norms/habits Values/dreams Roles/responsibilities From Readings for Diversity and Social Justice. The Cycle of Socialization, by Bobbie Harro (2000) From Readings for Diversity and Social Justice. The Cycle of Socialization, by Bobbie Harro (2000)

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12 Our Journey With Sexuality What are your earliest memories about sexuality? How was it discussed in your home? What messages did you get from your community, family, school, religious/spiritual practices about sexuality? Are you currently a part of a religious or faith community? – If so, what is its position on LGBTQAP… – If not, and you desire to be, what’s in the way? What are your earliest memories about sexuality? How was it discussed in your home? What messages did you get from your community, family, school, religious/spiritual practices about sexuality? Are you currently a part of a religious or faith community? – If so, what is its position on LGBTQAP… – If not, and you desire to be, what’s in the way? 12

13 Biology, Physiology (Male, Female, Inter Sex) Gender (Socially Constructed sex roles that can and have changed over time. Masculine, Feminine, Androgynous ) Gender/Bio/Physio/Psychological Expression & Identity Congruence (Ones since of comfort and congruency in mind, body and spirit. Transgender, Transsexual, Transvestite, Gender Queer, Gender Variant Gender Normative, Cisgender) Sexual Orientation (Ones capacity to connect on spiritual, psychological, physical, emotion and romantic levels,. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, SGL, Heterosexual, Pansexual, and Asexual…)(Kinsey 0-6) Sexual Behavior (Who one has sex with or not) How you see and name yourself How others see and name you The Washington Consulting Group Components of Sexuality 2014

14 My Journey Spiritual/Faith/Religious & Family My Journey with Family Religious/Spiritual as a LGBTQIPA… What about the Bible Responding to Biblical Attacks Living in the Love and Light of Christ

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16 As a child, issues of religion/spirituality were… I identify as_____ on the issue of religion/spirituality. On a scale of 1-10, (1=low-10=high) I would say that the role religion/spirituality plays in my life is… What that means for me is… My experience with issues of sexuality and my “faith” has been…. What I struggle most with in this conversation is… 16

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18 Find Someone Who… S.H.O.U.T. Someone with a Tattoo Someone who’s been to a fortune teller at least once in their life Someone who has had ham in the past year Someone who enjoys lobster FREE SPACE Someone wearing a cotton/wool blend A mother who works outside of the home A person of Color Someone who wouldn’t mind trading houses with their neighbor 18

19 Find Someone Who… S.H.O.U.T. Someone with a Tattoo Leviticus 19:20 Someone who’s been to a fortune teller at least once in their life Deuteronomy 18:10-12 Someone who has had ham in the past year Leviticus 11:7-8 Someone who enjoys lobster Leviticus 11 FREE SPACE Someone wearing a cotton/wool blend Deuteronomy 22:11 A mother who works outside of the home Titus 2:3-4 Proverbs 31: 11, 16,18, 24 A person of Color Genesis 9:20-27 Someone who wouldn’t mind trading houses with their neighbor Exodus 20:17 19

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21 The BIBLE and You What is your relationship with the bible? What do you believe is the purpose of the bible? What do you believe the bible is and isn’t? – How did you come to believe that? – How do you believe it came to be? How does your relationship with the bible inform/impact this conversation?

22 What is the Bible A library of writings that was written by dozens of authors gathered over many centuries and made sacred by those in power in the Christian church. It has been translated but hundreds of scholars and interpreted by thousands. Each of them brought their own experience, understanding, and bias. It is to be taken seriously, but not literally. A resource for making meaning of life and a potential avenue for accessing “God”. Has been used as a primary resource to support oppression of many populations. Has been used as a primary resource of Liberation for oppressed populations. THE BIBLE IS NOT “GOD” 22

23 Rev. Dr. J. Basic Premise Most people do not understand the bible and how it came to be. Most people have not examine prayerfully the text they use to condemn lgbtq persons. Only six or seven of the Bible’s one million verses refer to same-sex behavior in any way—and none of these verses refer to homosexual orientation as it’s understood today. Scriptures have been interpreted to support and sustain many forms of oppression through out history. The Bible was never intended to a book about human sexuality. There are 3 primary ways to interpret the Bible Literal Historical Critical Love and Justice Ethic of Jesus Christ

24 Reconciling Faith and Sexuality Opportunities and Challenges Joshua Moon, Ed.D. Seeking Family Support Hiding Relationship Seeking Community Support Deconstructing Socialization Doubting the morality of their relationships

25 The Washington Consulting Group The Dangerous Dynamics of Religious Fundamentalism 25

26 The Washington Consulting Group Engaging Religious Fundamentalism And Sexuality 26

27 Bible Affirmation This is my Bible It contains Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth It is A Primary resource in the development of my relationship with God. While I believe it’s inspired by God, IT IS NOT GOD. It is not to be used as a weapon, but as an instrument of liberation and life. I will pray over it, as I study it, and I will interpret it through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit within. I have the right to question it, as I apply its teachings to my life. My Heart is Open, My Mind is Alert, I am ready to receive a word from the Lord. Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, UFCB

28 The Bible and Homosexuality Clobber Text Genesis: 1-2 Creation 19:4-5 Sodom and Gomorrah Judges 19 Ezekiel 16:46-56 Leviticus: Holiness Code 18:22 20:13 Romans: Paul’s Views 1:26-27 I Corinthians: Pauline List of Vices 6:9 I Timothy: Pauline List of Vices 1:9-10

29 Examine, Explore Engage Christianity and Sexualities What do you believe about the bible? Is there anything in the Bible you don’t agree with? – If so, how do you reconcile those issues? Why do you think this topic didn’t make the Big 10? Is there any other part of creation where there is not diversity? What would it take for you to believe that God created and accepts and honors all expressions of sexual orientation? What did Jesus say about homosexuality? WWJD If you were having a stroke and your doctor pulled out a book from the 1800s to treat you, what would you do? When did you decide to be heterosexual? Can you choose to be Gay/Lesbian? Do you think your heterosexuality is a phase? Did you know who you were attracted to as a teenager? Did anyone have to teach you to be attracted to men/women? Do you think it make sense that “God” gave Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals a choice and not heterosexuals? Do you believe that the only reason God gave us sexual desire is for procreation? If your religious leader said, we’ve got it all wrong, God revealed that we should all live celibate lives after our children are born, How would you respond? Others… 29

30 The Fundamentals Seek guidance from your “source”. Get clear about your intentions and needs. – Do you need to be right or heard? Meet people where they are, and be with them there. Get Curious; Ask Questions, Explore. Pay attention to other identities, yours and those you are engaging. Share Your Truth, Understanding, and Journey. – Felt – Found – Feel Avoid the 3 Cs: Convincing, Converting, Convicting. Stay ENGAGED and Connected Seek guidance from your “source”. Get clear about your intentions and needs. – Do you need to be right or heard? Meet people where they are, and be with them there. Get Curious; Ask Questions, Explore. Pay attention to other identities, yours and those you are engaging. Share Your Truth, Understanding, and Journey. – Felt – Found – Feel Avoid the 3 Cs: Convincing, Converting, Convicting. Stay ENGAGED and Connected 30

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33 Resources for Further Development Readings The following books are helpful in better understanding the debate about the Bible and homosexuality: Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith, edited by Debra R. Kolodny (Continuum, 2000); Freedom, Glorious Freedom: The Spiritual Journey to the Fullness of Life for Gays, Lesbians, and Everybody Else, by John J. McNeill (Beacon Press, 1995); The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart, by Peter J. Gomes (William Morrow and Company Inc., 1996); Is The Homosexual My Neighbor?: Another Christian View (Revised) by Letha Scanzoni and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott (Harper & Row Publishers, 1996); The New Testament and Homosexuality: Contextual Background and Contemporary Debate by Robin Scroggs (Fortress Press, 1983); Our Passion for Justice: Images of Power, Sexuality, and Liberation by Carter Heyward (The Pilgrim Press, 1984); Recognizing Ourselves: Ceremonies of Lesbian and Gay Commitment by Ellen Lewin (Columbia University Press, 1998); Stranger At The Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America by Mel White (Plume, 1994); Twice Blessed: On Being Lesbian, gay and Jewish edited by Christie Balka and Andy Rose, (Beacon Press, 1989); and What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel A. Helminiak, Ph.D. (Alamo Square Press, 1994). Websites: Your ministerial staff is at your service for questions and support: Be Encouraged and Grow

34 34 Rev. Jamie Washington, M.Div.,Ph.D. President, Washington Consulting Group Founding Faculty, Social Justice Training Institute Assistant Pastor, Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore Rev. Jamie Washington, M.Div.,Ph.D. President, Washington Consulting Group Founding Faculty, Social Justice Training Institute Assistant Pastor, Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore


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