Clergy Sexual Misconduct: An Issue of Ethics and Justice

By Anne Underwood

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2005

The author looks at the issue of sexual misconduct within the clergy. She specifically focuses on the intersection between sex and power, in the context of Jewish history and American religious history. She also elaborates on the importance of the integrity of a religious leader and how this is diminished once a breach of duty has occurred. The author concludes by asserting that there are situations where reform and reconciliation may not be possible and further asserts that an ethical community must hold accountable a leader who has breached a duty.

Topic: Morality, Professionalism, Sexual Harassment, Ethics, Leadership, Clergy, Sexuality

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: vol.69/no.2

Page Number(s): 24-30

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Underwood, Anne. Clergy Sexual Misconduct: An Issue of Ethics and Justice. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2005: 24-30.


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