Gender and Sexuality in Religious Traditions

Code: IPT5/720

Dates: January 16, 2023 - April 21, 2023 on Thursdays

Time: 6:00 pm for 3 hours

Today’s spiritual leaders will confront questions about gender and sexuality.
These affect our experience of our own traditions as well as our perception of other
traditions. In this introductory course, we will focus on three issues common to Judaism,
Christianity, Islam, and Indigenous traditions. (1) Origin stories of the first human beings
and their implication for gender norms. (2) Scriptural traditions used to condemn and
support same-sex relationships. (3) Women’s religious roles, including religious clothing.
As we explore the issues using theological language, we will be mindful of each tradition’s
unique history, view of God, and reliance on religious law. Students will also consider their
own leadership roles in addressing these issues within their communities of faith.

Prerequisites:  None

Available in person or via Zoom (synchronous or asynchronous)