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Sex and the Spiritual Teacher

Why It Happens, When It's a Problem, and What We All Can Do. This book looks at the complex collection of forces that tempt otherwise insightful, compassionate, and well-intentioned teachers to lose their way - and that tempt some of their students to lose their way as well.

One of two text used in the FaithTrust Institute/ Center for Progressive Renewal on-line course Healthy Boundaries Clergy 101.

Author: Scott Edelstein
Pub. Date: 2010
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
ISBN: 08-86171-596-9
Format: Paperback, 264 pp, Size: 6x9 in


This book is intended to create greater safety and spiritual intimacy between spiritual teachers and their students, and among members of spiritual communities. It is a book of inquiry, awareness, and social and spiritual change; not a book of finger-pointing or whistle-blowing. Nor does it defend or apologize for spiritual teachers who lose their way. In fact, as we will see, the more we attack or defend wayward teachers, the more we encourage their waywardness.

Everything in this book is eminently practical and down-to-Earth. It's about real human emotions, interactions, and dilemmas and genuine safety and suffering. Almost nothing in it is academic or theoretical. It's written for anyone who is (or hopes to become) part of a spiritual community:students, teachers, clergy, lay leaders, and even casual visitors.

Part I of this book offers practical analysis and action for individuals.

Part II offers solutions and strategies for spiritual communities.


This book is used as text for two FaithTrust Institute classes, on-line course Healthy Boundaries Clergy 101  and Teaching Healthy Boundaries. (The other text is At Personal Risk.  These materials are also available at a package rate.

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