Our theme for the Easter Season will be Blessed Be the Body and we will celebrate Jesus' resurrection and invite the congregation to embody our faith in worship and our daily lives. We will also take this time to consider and dialogue about healthy sexuality and how the church and society have disfigured, violated, and shamed our diverse and beautiful bodies, sexualities, and genders. For just as the incarnation of the Word in Jesus Christ reveals God's care for creation, the resurrection of Jesus' body proclaims God's blessing upon everybody!
Conversations for Adults & Parents of Children & T(w)eens
Led by: Kara Haug of Reframing Our Stories
Reformation will be hosting two conversations with Kara Haug, a theologian, certified sexual health educator and counselor, and founder and CEO of Reframing Our Stories. One conversation will be for parents of younger children (ages ~5-11) and the others for parents of t(w)eens (ages 12-17). Reformation parents, as well as neighbors and newcomers, are invited to either or both of these sessions, regardless of your children's age or membership at Reformation. Conversations will be part presentation and part Q&A and shaped by attendees. Topics may include (and will vary for target age groups): sexuality without shame, puberty, self-wroth, emotional wellness, body autonomy, consent, communication, pornography, sexuality, relationships, how to talk with your kids about sex, etc. all with a theological and faith lens.
For far too long churches have either shared only one view of these topics, or not said anything at all, and it has been detrimental not only to children and families but our culture and society as a whole. That's why Reformation is so glad to have found a faithful partner in Kara and we are confident that her knowledge, wisdom, and insight will be fruitful and enriching to us all. Questions? Contact Pastor Ben!
Monday, April 19 - 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Parents/Adults of T(w)eens
Monday, May 3rd - 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Parents/Adults of Younger Children
Adult Forum: Dialogues on Sexuality
There's more to sexuality than the birds and the bees. Using a new resource and video from Augsburg Fortress, Pastor Mike Wilker and Elizabeth Hann will co-lead seven dialogues on sexuality. Our goal is to talk in our faith community about what it means for us to be whole and healthy sexual beings. Topics include patriarchy in the church, purity/shame culture, sex and marriage, transgender identity, and healthy sexual ethics. The booklet costs $10 each and are available from the church office (small@ReformationDC.org or 202-543-4200). The dialogues will be offered Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning on April 21 and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. beginning April 25. Please sign up for a time slot at this link (https://forms.gle/hHf3DD6rZLbPeTmL9).
Reformation Reads: Book Club Discussion
Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber
To go along with our ‘Blessed Be the Body’ theme, Reformation Reads will be reading Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber. “Raw, intimate, and timely, Nadia Bolz-Weber’s latest book offers a full-blown overhaul of our harmful and antiquated ideas about sex, gender, and our bodies. This is by far Bolz-Weber’s most personal book yet, revealing intimate and emotional details about her life while offering a reading experience that is as entertaining and affirming as it is intellectually robust and liberating.” Read more about the book here.
Kara Haug and Pastor Ben will host this conversation on Sunday, May 23 at 4 p.m. EST. Email Pastor Ben for login information or more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Passionate Embrace: Luther on Love, Pleasure, and Sensual Presence
By Elisabeth Gerle
In her recent book, Swedish Lutheran theologian Elisabeth Gerle teaches that Luther's spiritual breakthrough, where grace and gifts of creation became central, provides new meaning to sex and desire as well as to work, body, and ordinary life. Luther's erotic and gender-fluid language is a healthy challenge to oppressive political structures centered on greed, profit, and competition. A revised Scandinavian creation theology and a deep sense of the incarnational mystery are resources for contemporary theology and ethics. Engage with this on your own! View this 13-minute interview and/or read this brief excerpt of her book.