Thursday August 20, 2020 Advanced Sexual Ethics
9:30 AM – 3 PM
St. Matthews’s UMC, 600 Walker Rd, Wayne, PA 19087
Presenter – Rev. Dr. Charles Muorah – Council on Relationships
CEU’s are available. Light refreshments and lunch are provided.
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For more information contact Rev. Jacqueline Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-963-1721.
Celibacy, Sexual Ethics and Boundaries
Celibacy is one mode of living out one’s sexual nature. It cannot be separated from sexuality and sexuality cannot be separated from celibacy insofar as a sexually responsible person must abstain from sexual activity at least with certain persons and under certain situations. It is therefore pertinent to talk about sexual ethics and boundaries among clergy and Church ministers. As broken vessels a church minister leaves trails of destructions and pastoral damages behind. Brokenness refers to the many fragmentations (physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual) one can suffer in life. These fragmentations undermine ethical, sexual and spiritual wellness, pastoral care, and maintaining healthy relationship boundaries. Relationship problems begets sexual problems and vice versa. Mending brokenness, restoring love, wellness and wholeness; and rebuilding/establishing trust on personal level and in the community of faith requires working with the clergy, the faith community and professional experts. Blending clinical tools with spiritual resources gives a unique vigor to the recovery, healing and wellness process.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Describe the impact of brokenness on the personal, family, interpersonal and faith community/pastoral levels
- List some of the challenges of living a “celibate life”, maintaining healthy sexual ethics and boundaries, and having a balanced spirituality
- Apply some strategies to create and maintain healthy sexual boundaries and a safe pastoral environment, and
- Have better appreciation of their celibacy, sexuality, spirituality and pastoral ministry.
Rev. Dr. Muorah is a licensed marriage and family therapist with specialized training in sex therapy and anger management. He is a board approved Clinical Supervisor. Rev. Dr. Muorah provides individual, couple, relationship and family therapy, helping clients to recreate their narratives and find new meaning and purpose in life. He uses joining, solution and emotion-focused interventions, empowering language and cognitive/behavioral, and systemic interventions to bring about desirable changes. Rev. Dr. Muorah has helped blended families alleviate divergence in an effort to become a strong and cohesive family unit. His life across continents helps him address cultural and diversity issues. He has unique strength helping people resolve shame-based trauma and sexual trauma. Rev. Dr. Muorah is also a Christian and pre-marriage counselor; a clergy helping people to heal and live the best quality of their lives. He received his postgraduate training at Council for Relationships and at the completion of his training in 2006 he was retained as a Staff. He holds the following degrees: Bachelor in Philosophy, Masters in Theology, Licentiate in Sacred Theology specializing in Scripture, and Doctor of Philosophy. He is an author and presenter on a variety of topics including training on Celibacy and Sexuality using Spiritual and Therapeutic Approach for Catholic Clergy. His colleagues, supervisees and clients have consistently identified his calmness, peacefulness and compassion as a great strength helping people to heal and live the best of their lives. He has served as a Catholic priest for 29 years.