They're now working in downtown LA.
They recently presented on the topic of sexuality and spirituality.
Both their experiences and their ministry have given them thoughtful consideration on the topic of sexuality in our society, and especially how it relates to issues of religion and spirituality.
I appreciate their contributions because they do what I think is the key task, to not simply take sides but to offer a constructive re-evaluation of the topic and bring to it a much more holistic approach.
I'm posting this here because this relates to a fair amount of the dust-up with Althouse, she could not seem to conceive of responses that weren't on her binary of stances: you either were a phobic or a philiac.
This talk is from a Christian perspective, which I know a lot of you don't share, but it hits on some of the overlapping themes I read in the earlier forums, so I think it might be of broad interest.
At the first link, they're offering a 1 day free version of the talk. It might be easier to offer it here, so I'm posting it for your listening convenience.
I think it gets going especially at about the 28 minute mark, when Deb Hirsch finally gets into her rhythm.
The first link also posts some questions at the end which might be interesting to talk about hereabouts.
- What ideas or resources have been most helpful for you in thinking through the relationship between spirituality and sexuality?
- In what ways has this issue been raised and/or addressed in your context?
- If you take the time to listen to the workshop, what stuck out, what questions do you have, where might you want to push back?
There's good and bad, but how do we talk about it in a way that doesn't get us called names or limit us to calling others names. This post isn't about that former dustup, but hopefully is a place we talk more thoughtfully about something that, like it or not, is full of defining and dividing issues in our present society.