The Impact of the 2007 synod resolution of the Dutch Reformed Church on gay ministers : a postfoundational narrative perspective

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dc.contributor.advisor Müller, Julian
dc.contributor.postgraduate Van Loggerenberg, Maria Petronella (Marietjie)
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-13T12:18:59Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-13T12:18:59Z
dc.date.created 2015-04-28
dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.description Thesis (PhD)--University of Pretoria, 2015. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract At the 2007 General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church a compromise resolution was accepted regarding homosexual members. This resolution, inter alia, requires of gay ministers to remain celibate as a prerequisite to be legitimated. This research is a qualitative inquiry to evaluate the impact which this resolution has on the lives of gay ministers and gay candidate ministers. Narrative and postfoundational perspectives were obtained by interviewing six gay ministers and/or candidate ministers as coresearchers, and also by engaging in dialogue with inter-disciplinary experts from Sociology, Psychology and Law. This research traced the history of the Resolution, while the patriarchal and heteronormative discourses underlying the formulation were discussed. These discourses still sustain the Resolution. Interwoven in the Resolution are contradictions and double standards based on prejudice, leading to discrimination against gay ministers and gay candidate ministers. A literature study on prejudice and discrimination revealed many of the negative impacts these have on people on the margins of society. A literature review on gay marriages suggested that gay unions and gay marriages were known from pre-modern times. With the changing of the socio-political climates since pre-modern times till today, attitudes towards gay unions/marriages seemed to havethat the Bible does not categorically say anything about committed, monogamous gay unions or gay marriages. The focus of this research was to determine the impacts of the Resolution on gay ministers and gay candidate ministers. From their stories certain themes revealing the impacts were co-constructed by the co-researchers and the researcher. According to a negotiated meaning-making process a fragile and incomplete understanding of the gay ministers’ and gay candidate ministers’ immense suffering due to their experience of rejection and humiliation by the DRC was formulated. This reiterated the Shame of being gay. In terms of the discrimination levelled against gay ministers, it could, according to the Constitution of South Africa, be regarded as fair. This research suggested that the fairness of the discrimination should be revisited. changed. A study of the biblical texts led to the tentative and incomplete understanding en_ZA
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dc.description.degree PhD
dc.description.department Practical Theology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian gm2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Van Loggerenberg, MP( 2015, The Impact of the 2007 synod resolution of the Dutch Reformed Church on gay ministers : a postfoundational narrative perspective, PhD Thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/44330> en_ZA
dc.identifier.other D15/4/10/gm en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/44330
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
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dc.subject Dutch Reformed Church en_ZA
dc.subject Homosexuality en_ZA
dc.subject Gay ministers en_ZA
dc.subject Gay candidate ministers en_ZA
dc.subject Legitimation en_ZA
dc.subject Prejudice en_ZA
dc.subject Discrimination en_ZA
dc.subject Gay marriages en_ZA
dc.subject The Constitution of South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Practical theology en_ZA
dc.subject Postfoundational theology en_ZA
dc.subject Narrative en_ZA
dc.subject UCTD en_ZA
dc.title The Impact of the 2007 synod resolution of the Dutch Reformed Church on gay ministers : a postfoundational narrative perspective en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA


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