What do Presbyterians teach about sexuality?

– Su Yon Pak

Education happens everywhere, intentionally or unintentionally. It happens in church basements, in the pews, in Session meetings and in women’s gatherings. Education happens in positive as well as in negative events. As educator Lawrence Cremin asserts, “What is taught is not always what is desired, and vice versa; what is learned is not always what is taught, and vice versa. Moreover, there are almost always unintended consequences in education; indeed, they are frequently more significant than the intended consequences. Hence, educational transactions are often marked by profound irony.” It is because of this all-pervasive and surprising nature of education that it is important to pay special attention to the process of education. If we want to know what Presbyterians teach about sexuality, we will have to look at the whole process: curriculum, practices, and silences.

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