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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:

How GLBT United Methodists feel about the denomination;
How the denominational stance has affected their partnered relationships; and
Whether or not they have been denied membership in the United Methodist Church because of their sexual orientation The name for the web site derives from the name of the earliest United Methodist gay caucus, Gay United Methodists, or GUM.

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 jbstroud@gumresearch.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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