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‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Career Experiences of Gay Clergy in the Church of England

Connell, A. and Yates, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-9235-564X (2020). ‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Career Experiences of Gay Clergy in the Church of England. Sexuality and Culture, doi: 10.1007/s12119-020-09779-5

Abstract

The career choices of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) employees are increasingly under the spotlight in academic research, but the experiences of LGB employees called to devote their careers to faith organisations remain largely unexplored in the literature. The Church of England does not fully condone same-sex relationships and this may pose a challenge for LGB people working for the Church, as they look for a way to reconcile their sexuality with their faith and their employer’s beliefs. This qualitative study explores the lived experiences of six gay clergymen in the Church of England, using data gathered through semi-structured interviews and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Three master themes were identified: tensions between sexuality, calling, and career; coping strategies; and the institutionalisation of homophobia in the Church. The findings are discussed with reference to Work as Calling Theory and we offer practical recommendations.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Church of England, Work as Calling, IPA, gay clergy,
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2020 08:40
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/24920
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