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Tomorrow – Body-Friendly Christianity – Rev Bev – Mt. Airy Learning Tree

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.

Registration:

URL:  https://learningtree.ccwis.com/CourseStatus.awp?&course=13STW04

Polyamory – May Be Good For You – 5 Myths About Polyamory

This article states 5% of Americans are involved in consensual nonmonogamy. From the anecdotical evidence I have gathered that is a low figure. But keep in mind, it really doesn’t matter what that number is, if this is a life-style you want to pursue, then I suggest you do your homework.

Excellent polyamory myths debunked.

Excerpt from article in Live Science below:

5 Myths About Polyamory

by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer

Researchers estimate that as many as 5 percent of Americans are currently in relationships involving consensual nonmonogamy — that is, permission to go outside the couple looking for love or sex.

The boundaries in these relationships are remarkably varied, with some couples negotiating one-off “swinging” or partner-swapping experiences. and others forming stable bonds among three, four or five partners simultaneously. The latter is a version of polyamory, relationships in which people have multiple partnerships at once with the full knowledge of all involved.

Polyamorous people have largely flown under the radar, but that’s beginning to change as psychologists become intrigued by this unusual group. The first annual International Academic Polyamory Conference takes place Feb. 15 in Berkeley, Calif., and ongoing studies are examining everything from how jealousy works in polyamorous relationships to how kids in polyamorous familes fare. Though there’s a lot left to learn, initial findings are busting some myths about how love among many works.

Myth #1: Poly people are unsatisfied

When someone goes outside a relationship looking for companionship or sex, it’s natural to assume there’s something missing from their romance. But that doesn’t appear to be the case for polyamorous individuals.

Melissa Mitchell, a graduate student in psychology at the University of Georgia, conducted research while at Simon Frasier University in Canada on 1,093 polyamorous individuals. The participants were asked to list a primary partner and a secondary partner (more on that later), and they averaged nine years together with their primary and about two-and-a-half years with their secondary.

Mitchell and her colleagues surveyed their participants about how satisfied and fulfilled they felt in their relationships. They found that people were more satisfied with, felt more close to and more supported by their primary partner, suggesting that their desire for a secondary partner had little to do with dissatisfaction in the relationship. And satisfaction with an outside partner didn’t hurt the primary relationship. [6 Scientific Tips for a Successful Marriage]

“Polyamorous relationships are relatively independent of one another,” Mitchell said in January at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in New Orleans. “We tend to assume in our culture that if you have your needs met outside your relationship, some kind of detrimental effect is going to result, and that’s not what we find here.”

Read More: http://www.livescience.com/27125-5-myths-about-polyamory.html