Original Research - Special Collection: Faith practices

The 2007 Dutch Reformed Church Synod Resolution: Impact on gay ministers

Marietjie van Loggerenberg
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2894 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2894 | © 2015 Marietjie van Loggerenberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 January 2015 | Published: 26 June 2015

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Marietjie van Loggerenberg, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

At the 2007 General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC), a compromise resolution was accepted regarding homosexual members. The resolution, inter alia, requires of gay ministers to remain celibate as a prerequisite to be legitimated. This research is a qualitative inquiry to evaluate the impact this resolution has on the lives of gay ministers and gay candidate ministers. Apart from doing a literature study Narrative and Post-foundational perspectives were obtained by interviewing six gay ministers and/or candidate ministers as co-researchers, and also by engaging in dialogue with interdisciplinary experts from Sociology, Psychology and Law. From the stories told by the gay ministers and/or gay candidate ministers, certain themes emerged, revealing the immense impact caused by the resolution.

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