SEX SEX BODIES SEX BODIES SEX SEX
Are we really publishing an issue on sex and bodies for a Christian spirituality magazine? Yes we are.
Where do you even begin to talk about sex, bodies, and spirituality from a queer Christian perspective? So many of the religious messages that we receive about sex are negatives, about bodies are shameful.
This especially true for LGBTQ Christians whose bodies are marked as transgressive and whose purest insticts for companionship and intimacy are branded as sinful. We know that’s not true and not only that, we have so much to offer the Church and the world when it comes to sex and bodies.
If you can’t shake that nagging feeling that your body and your sexuality shouldn’t have to isolated from your faith and spirituality, we wrote this issue for you. If you want to honor the pain and the trauma of your journey toward wholeness, we wrote this issue for you. And if you want to bask in a Christian take on sex and bodies that is unapologetically queer, we wrote this issue for you.
We seek to first uncover, then to own, and finally to speak our truths. And we invite you to do the same.
Spit & Spirit Issue 6: SEX (BODIES)
This issue is 44 pages long and features thoughtful articles, prayers, and reflective pieces, all in an elegantly designed PDF.
Table of Contents
What Purity Culture Does // 5
Straight People Have Sex, Too // 13
My Body Is A Gift // 17
Dive Deeper Into Faith // 23
A Prayer for the First // 24
Choosing Celibacy // 25
In Search of a Sexual Ethic // 30
A Prayer for the Stranger // 36
Learning to Love My Scars // 38
What are people saying about SPIT & SPIRIT?
The writing in Spit and Spirit has a powerful prophetic voice and a compassionate pastoral presence. I read as an ally to learn from and support my queer friends, a pastor who wants to minister better to all people, and as a fellow human being wrestling through life and faith.
When I read Spit and Spirit I am moved, challenged, and encouraged. I find fellow travelers on the journey. I see my own experience through a transformative lens. The redemptive power, love, and justice of God is so clear in this ministry. God’s work is being done here, folks! It’s very exciting to see.
Rev. Kristen “Jo” Nivling
Spit and Spirit is like a warm blanket, a kiss from a lover, a hug from a friend, and a shove off the plank into a sea of gratitude. It broadens the definitions and labels we place on ourselves in the queer community and I am so glad it exists.
I’d just like to say that I absolutely love this first magazine. I love that it makes being queer central and tells stories of people who wouldn’t change that part of themselves. I love that it includes an atheist. I love that it doesn’t just say “I went through the shadow of doubt, but now I love Jesus more” but instead tells the story of people who went in other ways. These different stories struck me as honest without trying to manipulate. And they spoke truth to my experience.
So thank you. I look forward to what comes next.