This book invites reflection on sexual relationships within a broad theological framework marked by creation, fall, and redemption.
Author: Jay Emerson Johnson
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
The desire for sexual intimacy reflects the divine image in which human beings are made. This deep yearning for communion resides in both the erotic urge for intimacy and the soul’s longing for God. The erotic character of Christian faith and spiritual practice shapes nearly every chapter of Christian history as well as the biblical witness to God’s passionate desire to be in communion with God’s own creation. Yet few Christians read either the Bible or Christian history through that erotic lens.Before Christian communities try to address sexual ethics, the more fundamental theological question demands attention: What can sexual intimacy tell us about God? This book invites reflection on sexual relationships within a broad theological framework marked by creation, fall, and redemption. These classical hallmarks of Christian faith are proclaimed and enacted at every liturgical celebration of the Eucharist, which offers a compelling way to engage the link between sexual intimacy and the longing for God, or the hoped-for promise of “divine communion.”
A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy Jay Emerson Johnson. of any kind requires both courage and trust because it comes with no guarantee whatsoever of reciprocation. As Rowan Williams so aptly describes it, sexual intimacy invites ...
Author: Jay Emerson Johnson
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
Food, sex, and God – these intertwine at the heart of Christian faith and practice. This book invites Christian communities to reflect theologically and spiritually on the desire for God and the desire for sexual intimacy as the same fundamental desire for communion. This is likewise God’s own desire to be in communion with us, which Christians celebrate whenever we share a simple meal of bread and wine at the Eucharistic table. The longing for intimacy and its disruptions echo throughout our political contestations, economic systems, racial and ethnic conflicts, and ecological crises. In no small measure, the vitality of Christian witness to the Gospel in the twenty-first century depends on exploring the depths of desire itself in the ancient hope for Divine Communion made new.
Johnson, Jay Emerson, 2013, Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy, New York: Seabury Books. Joncas, Jan Michael, 2003, 'Ritual Transformation: Principles, Patterns, People', in Toward Ritual Transformation: ...
Author: Bryan Cones
Publisher: SCM Press
“Among the symbols with which the liturgy deals, none is more important than this assembly of believers.” This claim made in the 1970s forces the local church to consider those within its congregation, and recognise the gifts and challenges of difference within the church community. In 'This Assembly of Believers' Bryan Cones seeks to take seriously the pastoral context of a congregation, recognising the physical ability, gender and sexuality of those who make up the congregation. Starting each chapter with their lived experience, Cones poses important questions of the liturgy in light of these experiences before realigning the liturgy to demonstrate the positive theological significance of the marginalised within the congregation.
Queer Theology for Christian Witness Jay Emerson Johnson. what a text “says,” household members can ... See Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy (New York: Seabury Books, 2013), esp, the introduction, 1–28. 25.
Author: Jay Emerson Johnson
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
• Designed for both church and academic audiences • Ecumenical appeal Residing at the intersection of constructive theology and critical social theory, this book provides a resource for both students and clergy to reinterpret Christian theology and re-imagine Christian faith in the twenty-first century. The author seeks “to encourage and equip Christian faith communities to move beyond the decades-long stalemate over human sexuality and gender identity” because “Queer gifts emerge in Christian communities when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people no longer feel compelled to justify their presence in those communities.” Useful in both seminary classrooms and in congregational settings, the book is a contribution to the still-emerging field of queer theology, translating the rigors of scholarly research into transforming proposals for faith communities.
Author: Michael Bernard KellyPublish On: 2018-08-21
10 11 12 Kramer's Erotic Christianity,” Theology and Sexuality 8, no. 16 (2002). Also: Jay Emerson Johnson, Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy (New York: Seabury Books 2013). 6 See for example: Daniel T. Spencer ...
Author: Michael Bernard Kelly
Is the Christian mystical tradition a relic of another time, shaped by celibates for celibates, unable to engage meaningfully with people of our time who embrace their corporeality and sexuality as crucial aspects of their journey towards union with God? This book reflects in serious theological depth and detail on the spiritual and sexual journeys of gay men of mature and committed Christian faith, employing the Christian mystical tradition as the lens and the interlocutor in this process. This study examines the major themes and stages of the mystical tradition as outlined by Evelyn Underhill, but also including more recent work by Ruth Burrows, Thomas Merton and Constance Fitzgerald. Using methods of qualitative research, it then considers the texts of in-depth interviews conducted with men, most of whom are theologians or spiritual leaders with a deep Catholic faith, and all of whom are openly, self-affirmingly gay. Finally, it employs Ricoeur’s hermeneutical theory to engage in a creative theological conversation between the traditional mystical stages and themes and these men’s lives, as described in their interviews. This is a unique study that brings together ancient spirituality with contemporary lived religion. As such, it will be of interest to scholars of religious studies, theology, Christian mysticism and spirituality, and queer studies. It will be of particular interest to those teach spiritual direction and to all who seek new ways to engage with the spiritual lives of LGBTIQ+ people.
A Lifelong Approach to Shaping Your Child's Sexual Character Stan Jones, Brenna Jones ... read gay theologian Jay Emerson Johnson, Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy (New York: Seabury Books, 2013).
Author: Stan Jones
One Million Copies Sold in Series! Christian Book Award: ECPA Medallion of Excellence Stan and Brenna Jones help parents establish a biblical view of sexuality in their homes. Building on a biblical foundation, they discuss how to talk with your children about sexual issues and when it’s appropriate to tell them what. With stark honesty and practical suggestions, they address Building a Christian understanding of sex and sexuality Developing a healthy dialogue with children about sexuality How and when to explain sexual intercourse Preparing for the physical changes of puberty Preparing for dating: dealing with romance and sexual attraction Encouraging a commitment to chastity What to do if you’re getting a late start telling your kids about sex Now revised and updated with helpful material on the dangers of pornography, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
“Law (Major Traditions in the West)” in Dynes, W.R. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Homosexuality Vol. 1. New York: Garland Publishing Inc. Johnson, J.E. 2013. Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy. New York: Seabury Books.
Author: Charles Fensham
Publisher: Journal of Pastoral Care Publications
The invitation of this book is for my readers who are Christian to consider the dimension of harm in the ongoing debates on affirming or not affirming sexual and gender minority Christians within church communities. Much has been said and much is written on biblical interpretation and Christian traditions of teaching. There are also many arguments on the issue of justice and equality that have been made for and against the affirmation of sexual and gender minorities. Here I bring evidence of the history of harm and the infliction of harm on sexual and gender minority Christians. In South Africa, my country of origin, I lived through the apartheid era and experienced first-hand how "biblical teaching" can be used in pious ways to exploit, discriminate, and kill people. Presently and in the past, similar things happen to sexual and gender minority Christians. When we discover that we do harm we must stop. - Charles Fensham
Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy. New York: Seabury, 2013. Joon-ho, Bon, dir. Parasite. Seoul, South Korea: Barunson E&A, 2018. Julian of Norwich. Revelations of Divine Love. https://www.gutenberg.org/ ...
Author: Claudio Carvalhaes
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
This book develops an understanding of prayer from a liberation-theological perspective. “Praying with” offers a distinctive way of praying that can help orient our prayers around the “where” we pray and “with whom” we pray as the locus of the body’s and heart’s theological praxis. The book helps create language to pray with people and in situations we are not used to praying with; it insists on praying amidst racism, poverty, violence, and suffering; it calls us to pray at night and at the end of the world when we are overcome by fear, hurt, climate disaster, or economic impoverishment; it ventures into interfaith prayer settings; and it claims a sense of “self” that is not discrete, encapsulated in its own thinking or feeling—rather, it understands the notion of the self as entangled with the whole earth and each sentient and nonsentient being. Thus, to “pray with” in this book is to take the location of one’s prayer more seriously and, individually and collectively, to gain an awareness of our grounding and positionality, therefore creating a theological structure that assumes both the listening of our own heart and the voices of everything around us.
... co-edited with Donald L. Boisvert, Praeger Publishing, 2012); Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy (Seabury Books, 2013); and Peculiar Faith: Queer Theology for Christian Witness (Seabury Books, 2014).
Author: Jennifer Grant
Publisher: Hachette UK
An engaging and hilarious collection that encourages readers to tackle those strange, awkward, worrying, yet endlessly compelling passages of the Bible. The Bible is full of not-so-precious moments, from murder and mayhem, to sex and slavery. Now, an incredible cast of contributors tackles the parts of the Bible that most excite, frustrate, or comfort, like: What the heck is the book of Revelation really about? (The answer will surprise you.) How do we come to grips with the Bible's troubling (or seemingly troubling) passages about the role of women? Why did the artist of the oldest known picture of Jesus intentionally paint him with a wonky eye -- and what does it tell us about beauty? Disquiet Time was written by and for Bible-loving Christians, agnostics, skeptics, none-of-the-aboves, and people who aren't afraid to dig deep spiritually, ask hard questions, and have some fun along the way.
... like 'The Flea', the experience of divine presence and intimacy in the Eucharist as a parallel to sexual intimacy. ... it is clear that Donne thinks about his linguistic self-representation through eucharistic theology.
Author: Torrance Kirby
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
In recent years, writing on early-modern culture has turned from examining the upheavals of the Reformation as the ruptured birth of early modernity out of the late medieval towards a striking emphasis on processes of continuity, transition, and adaptation. No longer is the ‘religious’ seen as institutional or doctrinaire, but rather as a cultural and social phenomenon that exceeds the rigid parameters of modern definition. Recent analyses of early-modern cultures offer nuanced accounts that move beyond the limits of traditional historiography, and even the bounds of religious studies. At their centre is recognition that the scope of the religious can never be extricated from early-modern culture. Despite its many conflicts and tensions, the lingua franca for cultural self-understanding of the early-modern period remains ineluctably religious. The early-modern world wrestled with the radical challenges concerning the nature of belief within the confines of church or worship, but also beyond them. This process of negotiation was complex and fuelled European social dynamics. Without religion we cannot begin to comprehend the myriad facets of early-modern life, from markets, to new forms of art, to public and private associations. In discussions of images, the Eucharist, suicide, music, street lighting, or whether or not the sensible natural world represented an otherworldly divine, religion was the fundamental preoccupation of the age. Yet, even in contexts where unbelief might be considered, we find the religious providing the fundamental terminology for explicating the secular theories and views which sought to undermine it as a valid aspect of human life. This collection of essays takes up these themes in diverse ways. We move from the 15th century to the 18th, from the core problem of sacramental mediation of the divine within the strict parameters of eucharistic and devotional life, through discussion of images and iconoclasm, music and word, to more blurred contexts of death, street life, and atheism. Throughout the early-modern period, the very processes of adaption – even change itself – were framed by religious concepts and conceits.