Episcopalian priests and dating
They sometimes think it’s a relationship between two consenting adults.
It was even harder for the people around me to understand why particular pastor’s behavior was improper, because the classic gender roles were reversed: I’m a man, and the minister is a woman.
When, almost two years ago, I reported the pastor at my church to Episcopal authorities for sexual misconduct after a turbulent “relationship” which led to me attempting suicide, a lot of my friends and family didn’t understand what she had done wrong. Many people (including me, until last year) have never considered the question of whether it’s OK for a pastor to date a parishioner in his or her church. From there you’ll find happiness with or without a partner. You can be bold and use your significant other to help you out of a situation (sometimes even if you don’t actually have one). The Single Rev’s Guide to Life invites your submissions, questions, and suggestions for articles about issues relevant to the lives of single young clergywomen. Don’t let the little old ladies in the parish set you up with their niece/nephew/grandchild/any sort of relative. So, treat others with dignity and respect, and be honest and transparent during the break up process, should it occur. If you use online dating services, such as e Harmony, prepare to be recognized. As an ordained person, breaking up can be disastrous; you’re a public figure, and people can be mean and vindictive in break-ups. Don’t compromise your beliefs, identity, or integrity just because they might be uncomfortable.