Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
LGBT, Religious Rights, Religious Liberty, Sexual Discrimination, Transgender
Biblical Studies | Christianity | Religion
Murray, Samuel H., "Trying Times: 21st Century Sexual Revolution, Churches and Ministers At-Risk" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2096.
The 21st Century Sexual Revolution in America is redefining marriage, gender identity, human sexuality and public interaction while simultaneously challenging those who dare disagree. As the pastor of a small church, this writer is concerned about potential litigation as a result of these societal changes. These issues are rapidly emerging and evolving. Governmental bodies, corporations, advocacy groups, and courts at all levels are engaged. Churches and ministers may be at risk of adverse legal actions. A review of legal cases will reveal trends and precedents concerning these issues. Individual interviews will engage ministers and churches as to their preparedness and/or personal experience with such issues. This project seeks to do two things. First, to provide awareness to churches and ministries of the comprehensive nature of these societal changes. Second, to produce a practical guide to prepare churches and ministries because of these far-reaching societal changes.