AWAB is pleased to offer a 6-week course based on Dr. William R. Stayton’s latest 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: Tuesday, June 8, through Tuesday, July 13, 4-5:30 pm PDT. The course will accommodate up to 20 individuals.
• Register by filling out the fields below
• Course fee: $50 AWAB members / $75 non-members, payable at https://awab.org/support.
• Purchase & read Book: https://smile.amazon.com/Sinless-Sex-Challenge-William-Stayton/dp/1643884603
• Attend all six sessions
Scholarships for registration available. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the instructor:
Bill is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches of the U.S.A. He is also a licensed psychologist and AASECT certified sexuality educator and therapist. He is a retired Professor at both Widener University Center for Human Sexuality Studies in Chester, PA and the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Formerly, Bill was the Executive Director of the Center for Sexuality and Religion, an organization dedicated to facilitating dialogue between the field of sexology and various medical and religious systems. For 28 years, Bill was affiliated with the human sexuality program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of over 70 journal articles and book chapters on sexuality, religion, theology, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression. He has been a frequent guest on radio and television programs and has been involved in several documentaries on sexuality. Bill has been married with Kathy for 66 years. They have four children: Mark, John, Cheryl, and Paul; five grandsons and two step-granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.