- January 30: Basic Sexual Ethics. 9:30 AM – 3 PM. Zoom online meeting. Register.
Basic Sexual Ethics
As ministers we interact with people with many vulnerabilities both in our congregations and our communities. This workshop will provide training regarding how to manage situations in which sexual ethics become an issue in ministry. Participants are invited to bring specific situations and cases from their ministry settings for exploration and discussion. CEU’s are available. Light refreshments and lunch are provided.
Presenter – Rev. Wanda Sevey, MDiv, LMFT
Ms. Sevey’s emphasis is on helping her clients care for themselves and build relationships in which they can flourish. She is skilled at helping individuals, couples and families with communication and relationship skill building; LGBT issues; reducing and coping with stress; sex issues for couples and individuals; recovery from affairs; and anxiety and depression. Ms. Sevey is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Relationship Enhancement Therapy and has led anger management and sexuality/intimacy groups. She is an ordained minister in the progressive United Church of Christ and is interested in helping clients of all (or no) religious and faith backgrounds explore the connections between their own spirituality, religion, sexuality and relationships.
Workshop Description – Basic Sexual Ethics
Ethical and moral behavior has been debated since Adam and Eve. What is the ethical thing (more aligned with legality) and the moral thing (more aligned with religious edicts) began with Cain and Abel. Now in 2020, how do those in ministry navigate the immense field of boundaries, self-care, friendship, confidentiality, power bases, sexuality, sex, and attachment? Creating safe spaces and safety is paramount in ministry but our own emotions, feelings and longings can get in the way and create situations in which those with the power (ministry leaders) cross boundaries. These situations are confusing and can be devastating.
This interactive, experiential (yes even on Zoom) workshop will explore the concepts of emotions, ethics, morals, power bases, attachment, sex, and boundaries. After this workshop participants will be able to:
- Define the difference between ethics and moral
- List the pitfalls and challenges of boundary setting
- Describe the various attachment styles and how they form our actions, thoughts and feelings
- Identify personal areas of emotional hurt that could create potential boundary issues
- Identify and explore the concept of sex and how views about sex are formed and how those views can affect ministry
- Create personal action plan on creating healthy boundaries in ministry
This program is presented via Zoom on two separate days. Attendance on both days are needed for full CEU’s. This is participatory and discussion oriented worship so use of cameras and “seeing” each other is needed. In addition break out rooms will be used to explore concepts.