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Is the Bible a wellspring or a weapon?  The Gender, Sexuality and the Bible course series at PSR invites all readers of the Bible to join a rich, substantive exploration of sexuality and gender from a progressive, theological perspective.

Six highly engaging, sensitive, and community-minded monthly online sessions bring participants into direct conversation with seminary faculty, faith leaders, and each other.

There are no educational or religious pre-requisites, just an open mind and a desire to learn.  Individual courses and the full certificate program are open to all, whether you plan to lead your congregation in study or simply ponder these issues at home over a cup of coffee.

For pastors and professionals who wish to engage, 1.6 CEUs are available for each course and 11.5 CEUs are awarded for the full certificate.

The Theological Education for Leadership Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and the Bible helps participants to:

  • Think theologically about contemporary sexual practices and identities
  • Acquire a respectful common language for discussion of gender, sexuality, and the Bible
  • Interpret the Bible through a progressive lens
  • Gain confidence in leading and participating in discussions of gender, sexuality, and the Bible
  • Uncover relationships between race, class, and sexuality

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Rabbi David Dunn BauerInstructor: Rabbi David Bauer

So many of our foundational understandings of identity, gender, and sexuality derive from Hebrew Scripture. The stories of Creation, the commandments and laws given to Moses, the passionate visions of the Prophets, and the poetry of the Song of Songs all leave an imprint on contemporary life and consciousness. Some of these texts instantly bring us comfort. Others have been used (occasionally by ourselves) to intimidate or shame us and may awaken anxiety within us. Honoring these texts and learning from them does not mean taking them literally. It means trusting in our own strength as readers and interpreters to find in them what is inspiring and edifying and to address forthrightly those passages we find most challenging. We will make space in this class both to be compassionate to our concerns and fears and to be open to new inspirations and inquiries.We will study texts that convey both the force and nuance of Hebrew Scripture as we focus on themes of identity, desire, and power. Who are humans meant to be? Whom and how are we meant to love? What rights do we have over our own sexuality and what rights do we have over others’?


Dr. Benny LiewInstructor: Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew

What is feminine vs. masculine? How should Christians understand sexual orientation? What about divorce or remarriage? For centuries, people have drawn on certain infamous texts from the New Testament to answer these questions for Christian communities and in philosophical and theological debates. In this course, we will be focusing on these texts and the debates they have sparked while considering the complicated issues of interpretation including language, historical context, and authority/agency.



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