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A Press Release from the Reconciling Ministries Network
RMN's Sexologist Board Member Announces New Web Study for United Methodists
Chicago, April 5, 2002: Jamie B. Stroud, clinical sexologist and a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS) in San Francisco, announces a new web site, http://GUM.org, where Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) United Methodist individuals can anonymously participate in a research project. The web site went live on April 3.
"The results from the research will form the basis of my dissertation, which will address why GLBT United Methodists remain loyal to and/or affiliated with the United Methodist Church in spite of the denomination's Social Principles assertion that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching and stance that disallows full participation in the life of the denomination for those persons," said Stroud.
Among the topics that the survey and dissertation will explore are:
Stroud is a board member of the national Reconciling Ministries Network, national coordinator of the Parents' Reconciling Network, and a licensed couple and family therapist. She holds a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from LaSalle University, Philadelphia; and is a member of the American College of Sexologists and of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
For more information about participating in the study, see http://www.gumresearch.org, or contact Stroud by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or jbstroud@whystayUM.org or by phone at 215-844-3084. Her mailing address is 12 West Willow Grove Ave., PMB 155, Chestnut Hill, PA 19118-3952.
The Reconciling Ministries Network is a national network of United Methodist-focused organizations advocating for the full inclusion of persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities into the life of the Church. Founded in 1984, RMN consists of 176 United Methodist congregations, 24 campus ministries, 13 Reconciling Communities, and over 17,000 individual members. Organizations involved include the Parents' Reconciling Network, United Methodists of Color, RMN student movement, the Clergy Alliance, and newly formed Church Within A Church.
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