Every three years, according to the South Georgia Conference Sexual Ethics policy, any person serving under appointment by the bishop (clergy, local pastors, extension ministers, appointed lay speakers) are required to attend a Sexual Ethics Workshop. These workshops are hosted by the South Georgia Conference Pastoral Counselor.
There will be three workshops offered between now and Annual Conference 2022 (September, February, and April.) The new format involves a series of seven videos with a few relevant resources that clergy have three weeks to watch or read at his or her convenience. This is followed by mandatory participation in a virtual collaboration led by Conference Pastoral Counselor Rev. Deborah Wight-Knight as clergy dialogue with their colleagues.
“Last year we had great success with an online format for our Sexual Ethics workshop,” said Rev. Wight-Knight. “Evaluations told us that, moving forward, a hybrid model would be beneficial for clergy to learn and absorb information around the complexities that continually emerge around sexual ethics in ministry.”
The advance videos for September’s Zoom dates will be released Aug. 30. The Zoom discussions - of which clergy will choose one in which to participate - are set for Sept. 22 and Sept. 29. February and April dates will be announced by Nov. 1.
More information about the new process as well as registration links can be found at www.sgaumc.org/sexualethicsworkshops.
“I am appreciative of our clergy’s patience as we navigate the best way to meet the requirements for them to attend regular seminars around this important topic,” Rev. Wight-Knight said. “The clergy are always present in my prayers as those who are charged with growing disciples and maintaining Christian community in these unprecedented times. God is present and active through our collective minds, hearts, and souls while we strive to maintain integrity through Christ’s call and our commitment as United Methodist clergy to the embodiment of a sacred trust.”
For questions about the Sexual Ethics workshop, click here or email Kate Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org.