Provides specialized leadership training in the theological, historical, ethical, and pastoral dimensions of sexuality and gender identity.
Certificate of Sexuality and Religion (CSR)
The Certificate of Sexuality and Religion (CSR) is an accredited graduate certificate program designed to provide working professionals and students with knowledge and skills to apply theological, historical, ethical, pastoral, and practical dimensions of sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity to their religious vocations.
Religion continues to play a prominent role in contemporary debates regarding sexuality, gender identity, and sexual orientation affecting the lives and status of minority sexual communities. A study at the intersection of religion and sexuality can inform leaders in faith communities, advocacy groups, and legislative bodies on the power of religion to both oppress and to free.
The CSR program is designed to be a one-year full-time course of study, though students have up to three years to complete the certificate.
On campus or distance learning options available.
Seminary students, clergy and lay leaders who want to be better equipped to lead the often-painful conversations and important constructive actions required to advance the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ people within their faith communities. Journalists, counselors, psychologists, and other professionals whose work involves issues of sexuality and religion. LGBTQ+ activists who want to become more articulate about religious issues and establish collaborative alliances with religious communities.
- Think theologically about contemporary sexual practices and identities.
- Understand the history of faith traditions in regard to sexuality and sexual identity.
- Speak knowledgeably about contemporary sexual practices and the scientific and psychological information relevant to them.
- Consider the historical and theological development of ethical systems used to evaluate and regulate moral judgments concerning various sexual practices and identities within faith traditions.
- Gain authority and expertise in leading discussions on issues of religion and sexuality both within faith traditions and within society more broadly.
The CSR prepares students for work in churches or church communities with LGBTQ+ members, in non-profits, as activists or any job that requires sensitivity and education around the intersection of faith and sexuality.
- Complete an application for Admission – for directions refer to our ‘How to Apply’ page
- Submit transcripts from an accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA
- Provide three references (academic, professional and spiritual)
Prospective students who do not meet these requirements may be considered for provisional admission, provided they meet the following requirements:
- Applicants who hold an accredited bachelor’s degree without a 3.0 GPA should offer a GPA explanation on their application and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Applicants who do not have an accredited bachelor’s degree must demonstrate that they have equivalent education and are adequately prepared for graduate study. This can be shown through references, other educational experiences, and a strong personal statement.
Students who are admitted provisionally will be limited to 9 units during their first semester. After the completion of 9 units with a 3.0 GPA, their status will move from provisional to full student status.
All applications are reviewed by a faculty committee.
For further program details, refer to the academic catalog
The courses below represent a typical progression for this program.
Students pursuing a CSR are strongly advised to participate in the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion’s Lavender Lunches and Roundtables as well as attend the John E. Boswell and Georgia Harkness lecture series.
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