Come hear speaker, activist, and spoken word poet Emily Joy discuss the problems of purity culture in the church and how faith communities can cultivate healthier teachings on gender and sexuality going forward.
- Poetry Performance
- Q&A Session
- Refreshments Served
- Does it cost anything to attend? Nope. Admission is free. However, we are still attempting to raise the remainder of the funds. If you are willing and able to make a donation, you can do that here: https://www.gofundme.com/AfterPurity.
- Do I have to register and/or bring a ticket? There’s no need to print a ticket. We’d prefer that you register so that we can better gauge how many people will be attending. However, if you forget to regsiter or find out about it too late, feel free to just show up.
- Where can I find out more about the speaker? Visit Emily Joy’s website here, or follow her on Twitter @EmilyJoyPoetry.
- What is “purity culture?” Purity culture is a sexualized subset of the patriarchal power structure existing in many Christian churches. It's founded on the idea that women were created by God to be servants of men. Specifically, young women are taught that their primary purpose is to save themselves sexually for their future husbands. If they fail to remain virgins until marriage, they are taught--implicitly or explicitly--that they've lost their worth as human beings. On the other hand, men are taught to view women merely as temptresses or stumbling blocks, and to few themselves as sexually depraved animals who just can't help but give in to sexual temptation. Therefore, if they commit a forbidden sexual act--whether it is consensual or not--redemption is more readily available, because it is assumed to be the woman's fault.
- I'm still not sure I understand. Why is this a big deal? Isn't this just a internal matter that we should let churches deal with themselves? In light of the sexual and psychological harm that purity culture has done to women (and men), we believe that this is not just a religious or theological issue; it is a human rights issue. For a better understanding of what purity culture is and why it is a problem, visit this webpage. To understand how this issue is related to the #MeToo conversation around sexual assault, read this article.
- Who is this event for? The purpose of having this conversation is two-fold. 1) To offer a space of validation and healing for people who have experienced emotional, spiritual, or sexual abuse in faith communities due to their gender or sexuality, and 2) to raise awareness among churches, non-religious community organizations, and generally concerned citizens who are unaware of what purity culture is or how it threatens the health of our communities.
- Who is sponsoring this event? This event is a collaborative effort between members of the Mantua Center Christian Church and the Hiram Christian Church. Much of the funding and resources come from members of these churches. However, we are seeking additional sponsorships from businesses and organizations in the area who see the value in this conversation. If that describes you, please contact us!
- I think this is an important conversation. How are you going to keep it going after the event has ended? We are in the process of developing a follow-up study on faith and sexuality for the summer of 2018, to allow for further dialogue and support for people who need it.
If you have a question you don’t see answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
We hope to see you there!
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