Last week the Ministerial Ethics Committee of the Iowa Conference trained over fifty laity and clergy from across the state to lead district workshops on healthy relationships in the next several months. Miguel A. De La Torre, a professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, shared highlights from his book Liberating Sexuality during his presentation to the group.
He suggests five principles for maintaining healthy sexual relationships. All relationships must be safe. As the apostle Paul writes, “Let no one seek their own advantage, but each that of the other” (1 Corinthians 10:24).
All relationships must be mutually giving, or consensual, which “presupposes that both partners are mature and equal in power” (Liberating Sexuality, p. 22). All relationships must be faithful, mutually pleasing, and intimate so that trust and vulnerability may be maintained respectfully and safely.
Dr. De La Torre’s lecture was recorded for use in the district events. Participants will gather for worship together and the recording will be shown in four separate parts with time in between for conversation in small groups.
Apportionment gifts from United Methodist churches across the state help to support this initiative of the Ministerial Ethics Committee in cooperation with other agencies of the Iowa Annual Conference.