1st Edition

Teaching Sexuality and Religion in Higher Education Embodied Learning, Trauma Sensitive Pedagogy, and Perspective Transformation

Edited By Darryl W. Stephens, Kate Ott Copyright 2020
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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 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



    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.