With the help of a few close friends, I’ve settled on 5 basic questions that get to the core of my quest to tackle this single obsession—how should I live in this body of mine? The interviews thus far have challenged my cynicism, given me reason to laugh with knowing sincerity and deepened my friendships with companions who I’ve known for years but with whom I’ve not breached this topic in such depth.
Much of the content for this blog will focus on my intimate interviews with anyone who will dare to answer these core questions about faith and sex. If you are a stranger who happened upon this blog, I have a few recommendations for you:
- Consider grabbing a friend and asking each other these questions. If you have time to write it up, please do submit it HERE to share with this community. If you don’t have time for the writing, I think you’ll still enjoy the glass of wine/beer/hard liquor/hot tea and conversation. Community for those Anonymous Abstainers who embrace the complexity and beauty of faith and sex is, after all, the essence of the blog. For more on my purpose and dreams for the conversation, read HERE or HERE.
- If you aren’t quite ready to share your stories with a person you have to see on the regular, write up your own answers. Read over them; refine them. Discover your own story, and if you feel compelled, share them HERE. I’m still hopeful you’ll find some companions along the journey through the telling of your own story.
- Lastly, if you read more HERE you’ll find that I define abstinence quite broadly, and I hope that regardless of your gender and sexual identity, marital status, faith/spiritual leanings or sexual ethic you will find that your voice is welcome here. If it ever starts to feel like it isn’t, you should let me know ASAP. I’ll want to rectify that situation pronto.
Hopeful Q1: Tell us about an early sexual encounter. Define sexual encounter however you will. What (if any) meaning did you make of it then? What meaning do you make of it in retrospect?
Hopeful Q2: Describe your adolescent sex education.
Hopeful Q3: Tell us about an embarrassing sexual encounter that you can laugh about now.
Hopeful Q4: Have you decided to wait until marriage to have sex? How did you come to that decision?
Hopeful Q5: In what ways do your faith/spirituality/religious practice intersect with your sexuality?
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In Anticipation of Your Beautiful Story,
A Hopeful Abstainer