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The movie When Harry Met Sally has a famous dinner conversation where Harry states, “men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.” He was neither the first nor the last to express a sentiment that has consistently brought fear and suspicion into cross-sex relationships. While we should be cautious in our society of affairs, divorce, and casual sex, the time has come to look beyond our societal issues and ask whether that fear and suspicion among brothers and sisters is all we can hope for in the family of Christ. We need diverse perspectives in all aspects of society—even in our interpersonal relationships. This seminar will explore this question biblically and theologically, and move forward with practical steps to form friend and colleague relationships with the opposite sex. Remember, Jesus had several close friends who were women.
God designed an equal and mutual partnership between men and women—together, they were to steward God’s world. What does this “blessed alliance” look like today? Learn what makes partnerships between men and women simultaneously satisfying and fruitful. Building on two decades of ministry experience and three years of doctoral study, Rob Dixon will help you discern ways to strengthen your partnerships so that they can become places of greater flourishing.
Christine Colon
This conversation begins by exploring the problematic messages that Christian singles receive both from the secular world and from the church community that make it difficult to live appropriately as sexual beings created by God who have chosen to remain celibate outside of marriage. We then turn to Scripture, church history, and contemporary Christian thought to reveal a more positive view of celibacy that embraces singles as sexual beings while supporting their choice to avoid sexual activity. Rather than viewing celibacy as a special state of grace reserved only for those who have a particular vocation, or seeing it as an unnatural repression of sexual desire, we will explore what celibate sexuality might look like and discuss why God calls us to live celibate lives outside of marriage.