Rev. Dr. Beverly “Rev Bev” will be teaching a course called “Introduction to a Body-Friendly Christianity,” At the Mt. Airy Learning Tree, Philadelphia, May 14th, registration still available.
This class is designed to subvert the sexually repressed teachings in Christianity by presenting a body-positive, inclusive biblical interpretation and theological views that promote gender and s+xual equality as well as an ethically grounded s+xual exploration.
“If the Creator pronounced the creation as ‘very good’ then that means our s+xual bodies are blessed as well. I think it is time the church started teaching that without the repression,” said Dale. “Although the central teaching of Christianity is supposed to be the incarnation, that is, God-in-the-flesh, positive teaching about s+xuality is in short supply.”
“What would the world look like if we worried less about sex and celebrated it more instead?” Dale asked. “I think we should not try to control s+xuality but channel it. But we can’t do that until we can embrace it as good.”
The class is Tuesday May 14, 2013 at Hagan Hall, Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7300 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA at 7:00 p.m. Advance registration is recommended.
Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale, also known as “Rev Bev”, is a published writer, vocalist, and performer, in addition to being an ordained minister. Her ministry has taken her from being a pastor in a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) parish in Illinois for 6 years to 21 years of campus ministry at the University of Pennsylvania. She tours her original theater piece “An Irreverent Journey from Eggbeaters to Vibrators” for largely secular audiences and leads s+x positive workshops, usually within a Christian context. Rev. Dale is the 2012 recipient of the Diabolique Foundation Community Service award.