When faced with the question, “What is the work that my soul must have?” I answer, “Work that involves God and sex.” Does the sound weird? I hope not.
I’ve come to the realization that I come alive when talking God and sex, those things together. I love both of those things, though I think I know a little more about how to navigate life with God than I do life with sex. But having gone through a number of religious contexts that have all affected my perspectives on sex, I consider it my life’s goal to research, write, speak, and teach about sex in the Christian context. I’m no expert on sexuality–yet–but I am working toward expertise via my goal of studying Christian sexual ethics on the doctoral level in the near future and through continuing education courses through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Trainers. As I work through all of this, “Sex and the Sanctuary” will be one of the spaces in which I will do my groundwork work in thinking about the ways in which I think about sex in relation to God and culture. It is my hope that this will not just be about me and my journey, but the journey of many who have come through the Christian church and are still learning or want to unlearn some of the things taught to them about sex in the church. I will make no hold no punches about where I believe the church has failed us and I will also try to figure out how it is that we can be faithful and sexual people, not dividing the two but integrating the two. But I know this will be no easy feat. So this is a space for us to learn together, to test ideas, to wrestle with this flesh of ours and hopefully to find ourselves comfortable with God and sex.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey of talking about God and sex.