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Sinless Sex: A Challenge to Religions

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MDT

It’s back! AWAB is pleased to offer again a 6-week course based on Dr. William R. Stayton’s book, Sinless Sex: A Challenge to Religions.

Have you ever had a discussion of sex and religion and felt pulled apart internally? Have you ever wondered if you could be sexual and religious at the same time? Have you ever been put in the position where you had to choose between acting out sexually in a safe, fun and experimental way or being religious with your sexual activity limited to marriage and procreation? Have you ever felt spiritual, but not religious? In your religious tradition, if any, did you have positive sexuality education that helped you work through feelings about masturbation, homosexuality, pre-marital heterosexual sex, or safer sex techniques or were you told what you had to feel?

These are not new questions. Most of them have been asked in one way or another from the beginning of modern religions. It is difficult to be in a conversation about sexuality without religion coming up or in a conversation about religion without sexuality coming up as a topic.

This 6-week course will attempt to address the importance of reconciling these difficult, but important, areas of human experience.

The course will run weekly via Zoom: Wednesday, August 24, through September 28, 8-9:30pm EDT. The course will accommodate up to 20 individuals, so register now! Space is limited.

Requirements:

• Register through this online form.
• Course fee: $50 AWAB members / $75 non-members / ****$10 Rainbow Circle Members**** payable at https://awab.org/support. Want to join the Rainbow Circle? More information here: awab.org/rainbow-circle
• Purchase and read the book: https://smile.amazon.com/Sinless-Sex-Challenge-William-Stayton/dp/1643884603
• Attend all six sessions

About the instructors:

BILL STAYTON holds a master of divinity degree, and doctorates in both theology and philosophy. He is a psychologist, sexologist and theologian. After serving as pastor, hospital chaplain and seminary faculty member, he was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Widener University and Morehouse School of Medicine. He received a Gold Medal Award from the World Association for Sexual Health for promoting dialogue with religion and medicine about sexuality. In 2021, he received the University of Minnesota/ Program in Human Sexuality Inaugural Award: Distinguished Sexual and Gender Health Revolutionary.

KATHY STAYTON is retired from teaching orchestral string instruments in both private and public schools. She is a violinist and has served for many years in community orchestras and ensembles. She has led orchestras in elementary, middle and upper schools, as well as teaching private students. Kathy has been an activist in LGBTQA projects and served as president and board member of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (an LGBT program). She has participated in many Washington marches, justice-oriented programs, including reproductive rights, poor peoples’ campaign, and racial equality. She is a founding member of the Northumberland, PA League of Women Voters. Kathy and Bill have been married for 68 years. They have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

Venue

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