Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers is a nationally known speaker on religious sexual shame. She is associate professor of sexuality and director of medical family therapy in the Department of Psychology, Family and Community at Seattle Pacific University, in Seattle, Washington. Tina serves on the board of The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and is a Co-Creator of She Is Called – a Leadership Collective for Women. As a preeminent voice on purity culture and Hebrew Mystic Sexuality, Dr. Sellers is frequently featured on podcasts, TV, documentaries, articles and radio, including Spirituality & Health magazine, and NPR’s All Things Considered. In her acclaimed 2017 book, Sex, God and the Conservative Church – Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy, Dr. Sellers reveals how the western conservative church in collusion with consumer driven culture and politics, has infiltrated our core ability to attach to our partners, and instruct our children to attach to theirs. Similar to the ItGetsBetter Project, Tina developed the website, ThankGodForSex.org, where people can find videos of individuals who were effected by abstinence education and the purity movement who have found healing through therapy and other forms of emotional healing. Professionals and the public will find free resources on both her personal and the institute websites. www.TinaSchermerSellers.comwww.InstituteOnIntimacy.com
“Fred Davie is Executive Vice President at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Fred has lived out his vocation in the public square through a myriad of ways, including serving in faith based and community efforts with President Barack Obama and Mayor Bill DeBlasio. We sat down in his office at Union Seminary and talked about our work together with Union for Affirming Christians, as well as what resilience looks like amidst the resistance.”
“This one is about truth and t—shirts — well at least the one George Mekhail showed up wearing this week. George Mekhail is co-founder and Executive Director of Church Clarity, a crowdsourced database that scores churches in order to create a new standard for clearly communicated LGBTQ and Women in leadership policies. He’s one of the best guys I know and I think you’ll dig this convo.”
Families separated at the border. A raging debate about about what the Bible says about authorities and immigrants. Jesus said “suffer the children” but these days it feels like we are causing more suffering to children. What does the Bible say about God’s passion for immigrants and what is going on with US policy? Adam jumps right in here in Public Theology.
The Bible is NOT the Word of God* - so how might we read this inspired, ancient library of books? How might we carry these stories, poems, songs, histories, and reports? It's a tricky business in the 21st century, but we're here for it.
*Spoiler alert: the early pilgrims on the Way claimed only Jesus was the Word of God.
A conversation about maintaining momentum in our activism with Adam and Gregory McKelvey of Portland's Resistance. Come share a beverage with us at 6 pm and join in the conversation.
As advent beings and the first freezing nights in Portland's winter arrive we talk about homelessness and those living outside, the housing crisis in Portland and how we can serve and advocate for our neighbors.
This month Julia Nielsen and Andy Goebel from Portsmouth Union Church joined us to share their story of churching alongside houseless neighbors, starting a warming shelter and the long path they are on to build affordable housing on their church property.
Special guest Gus Kroll also joined us from Home PDX, to share about their work but also to join in this incredibly important conversation.