Friday, March 17, 2006

Ministry and Sex Therapy

I'm just back from the meeting of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research annual meetings. It may not surprise you that I was one of only two ministers at the meeting. But given the high incidence of sexual dysfunctions Americans face -- did you know that one in three men and four in ten women report some problem in their sex life in the past year? -- and the low number of people seeking help from therapists and doctors, it seems to me that clergy are ideally positioned to help people with their sexual and relationship issues. How many people in our congregations must struggle with sexual issues that clergy are reluctant or ill prepared to address. If sexuality is one of God's most life giving and life fulling gifts, shouldn't we have the information and skills to celebrate it with holiness and integrity?

If you are looking for a certified sex therapist, check out the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. If you'd like to learn of a sex positive clergy person in your area, leave me a comment here or at our website.

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