Finding God in Silence & Singleness, feat Caryn Saxon – John 15:12-14, Matthew 18:20


Today’s episode features one of the Sanctuary Collectives’ most active and loved member, Caryn Saxon. Brian and Caryn explore the intersections of queerness, singleness, and Quakerism. 

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Today’s episode highlights:

  • The importance and blessings of singleness in the LGBTQ Christian community
  • Caryn’s queer and Quaker journey
  • How singleness is different from celibacy and asexuality (and not necessarily “opposite” of polyamory)
  • Caryn’s two favorite Bible verses that have deep meanings to Quakerism

About our featured guest: Caryn Saxon

Caryn Saxon is queer Quaker living in southwest Missouri, teaching Criminology undergraduates, and volunteering with criminal-justice involved adults.

Caryn regularly volunteers in the local community in such ways as teaching a weekly domestic violence awareness class to jail inmates and serving on the Missouri Department of Corrections’ Restorative Justice Board.

Caryn is a proud single, cisgender female who considers herself as queer and pansexual.

John 15:12-14

This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.

This article was published by Brian & Shay, Queer Theology