We are diving into the topic of hard conversations. There are some general principles that apply when having respectful, mutually honoring conversations around difficult topics, and then there are a few specific topics that carry a particularly heavy burden. Sexuality is one of those hot button issues of the day that triggers high emotions. We hear from listeners often that this is one of those topics that easily brings up anger, controversy, or shame. Here at the sisterhood we want to give you useful, practical tools that help you in your actual lives. We created this series, and selected this topic, with you in mind.
Our guest, Dr. Juli Slattery, is cofounder of Authentic Intimacy. She is a psychologist who has dedicated her career to helping women have these hard conversations. She walks us through God’s good intention for our sexuality, the varying components (it’s not just physical!), and how to broach the subject when needed. From sexual abuse, to infidelity, to pornography, and masturbation, Juli doesn’t shy away from the ways sexuality can be misused. But she also promises there is healing and hope.
If you are needing to have a hard conversation with someone in this area because one or both of you are struggling, Juli reminds us that gentleness and humility will bring us back to God’s design for desired intimacy. An episode packed with both information and encouragement, it will help you talk about sexuality with grace and love.
You can connect with Juli on her website or on Facebook or Instagram.
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A few things you heard mentioned on this episode:
Juli’s ministry: Authentic Intimacy
Alex’s book: Loving My Actual Neighbor: 7 Practices to Treasure the People Right in Front of You
Juli’s book Rethinking Sexuality: God’s Design and Why It Matters
Juli’s Podcast Java With Juli
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