Body: The Wisdom of Your Sexual Body

8Feb

This sermon was more about dismantling myths about sexuality and physiology with the goal to reframe our understanding of God's purpose for sexuality: always about intimacy and never about power and domination.

 

Recommended Resources: 

The Great Sex Rescue by Sheila Gregoire

Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexuality by Jay Emerson Johnson

After Whiteness by Willie Jennings 

 

The cultivation of belonging should be the goal of all education. Not just any kind of belonging, but a profoundly creaturely belonging that performs the returning of the creature to the creator and a returning to an intimate and erotic energy that drives life together with God. These words, intimacy and eroticism, have been so commodified and sexualized that we, Christians have turned away from them and fear that they irredeemably signify sexual antinomianism, moral chaos, and sin, or at least the need to police, such words and the power of they invoke. But intimacy and eroticism speak of our birthright formed in the body of Jesus and the protocols of braking sharing, touching, tasting, and seeing the goodness of God. There at his body, the spirit joins us in an urgent work, forming a willing spirit in us that is eager to hold and to help, to support and to speak, to touch and to listen, gaining through this work, the deepest truths of creaturely belonging: that we are erotic souls. No body that is not a soul, no soul that is not a body, no being without touching, no touching without being. This is not an exclusive Christian truth, but a truth of the creature that Christian life is intended to witness." - Willie Jennings, After Whiteness

Body: The Wisdom of Your Sexual Body

8Feb

The cultivation of belonging should be the goal of all education. Not just any kind of belonging, but a profoundly creaturely belonging that performs the returning of the creature to the creator and a returning to an intimate and erotic energy that drives life together with God. These words, intimacy and eroticism, have been so commodified and sexualized that we, Christians have turned away from them and fear that they irredeemably signify sexual antinomianism, moral chaos, and sin, or at least the need to police, such words and the power of they invoke. But intimacy and eroticism speak of our birthright formed in the body of Jesus and the protocols of braking sharing, touching, tasting, and seeing the goodness of God. There at his body, the spirit joins us in an urgent work, forming a willing spirit in us that is eager to hold and to help, to support and to speak, to touch and to listen, gaining through this work, the deepest truths of creaturely belonging: that we are erotic souls. No body that is not a soul, no soul that is not a body, no being without touching, no touching without being. This is not an exclusive Christian truth, but a truth of the creature that Christian life is intended to witness." - Willie Jennings, After Whiteness

 

This sermon is an exploration of the toxic myths we've been taught about sexuality and anatomy and an invitation to consider God's vision of intimacy and connection.

 

Recommended Resources:

The Great Sex Rescue by Sheila Gregoire

Divine Communion: Eucharistic Theology of Sexuality by Jay Emerson Johnson

After Whiteness by WIllie Jennings

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