Teaching Sexuality and Religion in Higher Education: Embodied Learning, Trauma Sensitive Pedagogy, and Perspective Transformation, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Teaching Sexuality and Religion in Higher Education

Embodied Learning, Trauma Sensitive Pedagogy, and Perspective Transformation, 1st Edition

Edited by Darryl W. Stephens, Kate Ott


224 pages

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Hardback: 9780367346881
pub: 2020-04-23
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This volume combines insights from secular sexuality education, trauma studies, and embodiment to explore effective strategies for teaching sexuality and religion in colleges, universities, and seminaries.

Contributors to this volume address a variety of sexuality-related issues including reproductive rights, military prostitution, gender, fidelity, queerness, sexual trauma, and veiling from the perspective of multiple religious faiths. Christian, Jewish, and Muslim scholars present pedagogy and classroom strategies appropriate for secular and religious institutional contexts. By foregrounding a combination of ‘perspective transformation’ and ‘embodied learning’ as a means of increasing students’ appreciation for the varied social, psychological, theological and cultural contexts in which attitudes to sexuality develop, the volume posits sexuality as a critical element of teaching about religion in higher education.

This book will be of great interest to graduate and postgraduate students, researchers, academics, and libraries in the fields of Religious Studies, Religious Education, Gender & Sexuality, Religion & Education and Sociology of Religion.

Table of Contents

List of Images

List of Abbreviations

List of Contributors

Series Editor Introduction



Part I: Pedagogical Lenses

Chapter One

Embodied Learning through Pedagogical Promiscuity

by Michelle Mary Lelwica

Chapter Two

Trauma Sensitive Pedagogy

by Stephanie M. Crumpton

Chapter Three

Perspective Transformation for Professional Formation and Responsible Citizenship

by Kate Ott

Part II: Instruction about Religion (Religious Studies)

Chapter Four

Global Ethics and Sexuality

by Keun-Joo Christine Pae

Chapter Five

Countering Colonial Assumptions about Veils, Sexuality, and Islam

by Amy L. Defibaugh and Brett A. Krutzsch

Chapter Six

Toward a Critical Teaching Method of Islamic Genders and Sexualities

by Amanullah De Sondy

Chapter Seven

"Uses of the Erotic" for Teaching Queer Studies

by Thelathia "Nikki" Young

Chapter Eight

Cross-Cultural Teaching about Abortion and Religion

by Michelle McGowan and Michal Raucher



Part III: Religious Instruction (Theological Education)

Chapter Nine

A Spiritually Integrative Digital Pedagogy

by Carrie Doehring and Rubén Arjona

Chapter Ten

Role Play in Jewish Pastoral Education

by Mychal Springer

Chapter Eleven

Equipping Teachers of Sexual Ethics in Faith Communities

by Boyung Lee

Chapter Twelve

Testing the Spirits through Critical Fidelity in the Classroom

by Patricia Beattie Jung

Part IV: Institutional Support for Teaching and Learning

Chapter Thirteen

The Integrative Challenge of Professional Sexual Ethics in Theological Education

by Darryl W. Stephens and Patricia Beattie Jung

Chapter Fourteen

Faculty Workshop on Teaching Sexuality and Religion

by Darryl W. Stephens


About the Editors

Darryl W. Stephens is Director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry and Director of United Methodist Studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary, USA.

Kate Ott is Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics and University Scholar in Everyday Ethics at Drew University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Religion and Education

The Routledge Research in Religion and Education series aims at advancing public understanding and dialogue on issues at the intersections of religion and education. These issues emerge in various venues and proposals are invited from work in any such arena: public or private education at elementary, secondary, or higher education institutions; non-school or community organizations and settings; and formal or informal organizations or groups with religion or spirituality as an integral part of their work. Book proposals are invited from diverse methodological approaches and theoretical and ideological perspectives. This series does not address the work of formal religious institutions including churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. Rather, it focuses on the beliefs and values arising from all traditions as they come into contact with educational work in the public square.


Please send proposals to Mike Waggoner ([email protected]) and Elsbeth Wright ([email protected]).

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