Sex in the church? How can that be? Isn’t church filled with people who are uncomfortable with sex? Especially same-sex sex?
That’s exactly why Pastor Robin Gorsline of Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond is going to preach a series of sermons in July and August, “The S Word, or, Sex in the Church.”
“Sex is why MCC got started 42 years ago—because ‘respectable’ churches would not let ‘queer folk’ in, or if they did get in, they had to keep quiet about loving folks of the same gender,” Robin says. “Church was another way of saying ‘closet.’”
Now, more churches are accepting LGBT folks, but still few talk much about sex and sexuality—even heterosexual sex. That’s even true in MCC.
But Pastor Robin believes MCC has a special mission: to teach the wider church, and the entire world, about the deep, divine link between sexuality and spirituality.
“We who were bullied and beaten up and held back and down because of our love—and who still refused to deny our love and refused to believe God did not love us just as we are—we can show others the truth: that God works through all sexualities and genders to create love. Far from not loving us for our sexuality, God counts on us and empowers us to be sexual beings so we can share God’s love with the world. God counts on us to be agents of pleasure in order to enlarge the quantity of joy in the world.”
There are four sermons in his series:
July 10: How Strong Is Your Desire?
July 17: How Far Will You Go?
July 31: What Is the Sin?
August 7: Where Will You Let Jesus Touch You?
MCC Richmond is located at 2501 Park Avenue in the Fan. Service time is 10:45 am.