Combining her experience as a church pastor and psychologist, Karen A. McClintock will address the issue of shame in the church in a workshop at MTSO. “Sex at Church: The Problem of Shame and the Promise of Grace” will take place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 20 on the MTSO campus.
This workshop, presented by the Theological Commons at MTSO, will provide participants with a look into theologically based sexual shame and active shame dynamics in congregations. Then, using the lens of grace, McClintock will offer ways for congregations and clergy to open up safe and healing conversations, heal sexual wounds, and affirm sexual diversity.
Workshop participants will:
Rev. Dr. Karen A. McClintock is an elder in the United Methodist Church, psychologist, author and congregational consultant. Raised in Columbus, she attended seminary at Pacific School of Religion and thereafter worked as a parish pastor and chaplain. She assisted healthcare providers with multiple-loss grief during the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay area.
For the past 15 years, McClintock has been an adjunct professor at Southern Oregon University, teaching human sexuality and additional courses in the psychology department. She also has a general practice as a psychologist and has taught workshops in more than 40 states on ways to eradicate sexual shame. She is a recipient of the Southern Oregon Lambda Community award for her outspoken advocacy for LGBTQ individuals and their families.
McClintock’s book Shame-Less Lives, Grace-Full Congregations (Alban) sheds light on patterns of shame that limit congregational joy and health. Healthy Disclosure in Congregations (Alban) explores professional ethics, communication boundaries, secrets in congregations, and sexual abuse prevention. Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations (Alban) is a primer for pastors to abuse-proof churches. Her new book, due to be published in April by Ohio State University’s Trillium Press, is My Father’s Closet, a memoir about growing up with her gay father and her journey to learn more about the secrets her family kept for more than 40 years. Books will be available for purchase at the workshop.
Her websites are healthycongregation.com and karenmcclintockauthor.com.
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Tuition for the workshop is $30, which covers all sessions, afternoon refreshments and one-half continuing education unit. Students may attend for free.