n HTS : Theological Studies - The 2007 Dutch Reformed Church synod resolution : impact on gay ministers : original research
|Article Title||The 2007 Dutch Reformed Church synod resolution : impact on gay ministers : original research|
|Journal||HTS : Theological Studies|
|Affiliations||1 University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||1 - 9|
At the 2007 General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC), a compromise resolution was accepted regarding homosexual members. The resolution, inter alia, requires of gay ministers to remain celibate as a prerequisite to be legitimated. This research is a qualitative inquiry to evaluate the impact this resolution has on the lives of gay ministers and gay candidate ministers. Apart from doing a literature study Narrative and Post-foundational perspectives were obtained by interviewing six gay ministers and/or candidate ministers as co-researchers, and also by engaging in dialogue with interdisciplinary experts from Sociology, Psychology and Law. From the stories told by the gay ministers and/or gay candidate ministers, certain themes emerged, revealing the immense impact caused by the resolution.
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