The Trouble with Love: the hidden system within us that shapes how we love
Back by popular demand. We’ve probably never had a series that elicited as many requests to do more, to go deeper, as this one. And so we are doing Part 2 of our Know Thyself: Striving for a Healthy View of Sexuality series.
Sexuality is a complex issue at the best of times, but right now it seems like our culture is dying to find a healthy view of sexuality. We’ve seen many examples in the media of sexuality used to hurt others: sex abuse, sex misunderstood, sex at the expense of others, sex as business (porn). You name it, our views of sexuality seems to have been touched by it.
Add to this a diverse population of people, and sexuality, and sexual history (both culturally and personally) and conflicting messages about what sexuality even is and what is healthy sexuality, it makes sense that healthy sexuality is one of the most troubling issues in culture right now. Never mind when it touches spirituality…
So we wanted to keep thinking deeply about sexuality. Not because we have the answers, from the first time we did this series it just seemed to show us how deep the rabbit hole is. But ignoring these questions hasn’t seemed to work.
What is healthy sexuality? How has the history of traditional religion impacted our views of sexuality? Where has culture taught us unhealthy views of sexuality? Has abstinence culture prevalent in traditional religious organizations been robust in their teachings around the physical aspects of pleasure? What can we learn from the current mainstream porn industry?
This discussion will be aimed at everyone from teenagers and up. Nothing X rated. But we won’t ignore the relevant topics that we feel need to be explored in order to grow and be healthy sexual human beings.
Unless you are a hermit or committed to celibacy in all parts of your life, this is something worth thinking about!! (P.S. this isn’t a topic only for those in relationship, we see sexuality and pleasure as larger topics than that)
Series Runs Mar 15-29.