Gay and Christian

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Description Describe what you are recording about. Identify whether it was a journal paper, book chapter; practice observation; taught theory; lecture or other. In this recording I am going to discuss my thoughts from a panel discussion that I attended in the Belfast Bible College. The panel was made up from 3 people, Geraldine who works for the YMCA, Jamie who is from the Baha'i faith and Gail who has experience working in both faith based and secular youth provision. Understanding What was the main message? What did I understand was being said by the author; lecturer; practitioner etc… What argument was used to support their position? Gail talked about her work in the YMCA and that she promotes her work through actions and speech. She talked about values being based on your background, you get them from your family, community and they can be influenced by your religious background. Faith drives values. Jamie talked about his religious beliefs as accepting everyone's beliefs as they believe no one God is higher than another. The Baha'i teachings are people should serve others and that is the basis of the work they do with young people, servicing their community. On the subject of sexual orientation Jamie talked about the community not being discriminative against people who identify as LGBT. Gail discussed her thoughts based on her own experiences of working in faith based and secular youth work settings. Secular youth work is more exposed to diversity, young people using this provision will be from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Faith based youth work is like a bubble, surrounded by people whose thoughts are the same and there is no challenges. Critical Thinking What is my evaluation of what was being prese... ... middle of paper ... ...lusive when it comes to working with young LGB&T people? If a young person does not believe in the teachings of the church can you really feel included in faith based youth settings? Are faith based youth workers putting their faith/religious beliefs before the needs of the young people they are working with? Works Cited Banks, S. (2012) Ethical Issues in Youth Work. Professional Ethics. London: Routledge Burnard, P. (1992) Counselling Skills for Health Professionals. 2nd ed. Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes Ltd Burnard, P. (1985) Learning Human Skills. 2nd ed. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann ACAS. (2009) Sexual Orientation Discrimination. [Online] Available at: http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1824 {Accessed 15/11/13} Mindtools. (1996) What Are Your Values? [Online] Available at: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/articles/newTED_85.htm {Accessed 15/11/13)

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