Gender Issues in Pastoral Ministry


Program Masters
Field of Study Ministry
Class# MPC-313

The advent of men’s studies, the politics and theology of sexuality, new pastoral and psychological understandings of women and men, issues of sexual abuse and harassment within the church, an emerging appreciation of the power of gender myths, and the emergence of transgender voices—all have transformed pastoral care and pastoral theology. We will examine the many voices and challenges of gender awareness by seeking (1) to become acquainted with some of the most influential literature in the area of gender studies that has impacted pastoral theology, (2) to reflect on how pastoral care and theology have been transformed by awareness of gender issues, and (3) to reflect critically on how issues of gender enter/will enter into your exercise of pastoral ministry.