The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools have released a new study guide to help United Methodists have constructive conversations about a difficult topic: human sexuality.
The guide, The Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness, is available from Cokesbury and Amazon.
Downloadable translations in French, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese are available on the Higher Education and Ministry website.
Cokesbury describes the guide as being "suitable for a four-week study," adding "this resource addresses how the church can be a witness and provide for a diversified human community."
It adds the guide's publication "comes out of the conviction that the church is thirsty for theological conversation. Methodism is no stranger to controversy. John Wesley addressed the contentious issues of his day and strove to hold the Methodist societies together across many lines of difference. This guide plumbs the depths of the Wesleyan heritage to enhance our faithful witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ at a time when devout followers are deeply divided."
The concept for the study guide originated from presentations at an Academic Theological Colloquy held at Candler School of Theology in March. An article about the event with comments from speakers/presenters is available on the GBHEM website. A book of the papers presented is to be published in Spring 2018.
Adapted from information from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Communications Office.