Workshop Number: 108
Leaders: Regina Renee Nyègbeh
Who May Register?: People of Color Only
Worship/Worship-Sharing: 20%
Lecture: 5%
Discussion: 40%
Experiential Activities: 35%

Who May Attend?
part-time attenders welcome (can come any session)
half gathering attenders welcome

Half-Gathering Attenders Welcome:
First half (Monday-Wednesday)
Second half (Wednesday/Thursday-Friday)

Please join us for a dedicated time of self-care and community building as we examine the topic of sex and spirituality. Together, we will explore what it means to be both spiritual and sexual beings; pursuing, seeking, and embracing our freedom to enjoy pleasure despite the trauma and oppression that disproportionately affect people of color.

Workshop Description

How do you apply the Quaker testimonies to your sex life?

Dearest People of Color: You are invited to use your time at this year’s Gathering to reflect on the relationship between your spirituality, sexuality, and the Quaker testimonies. We will practice self-care by nurturing our lives with practices that honor our authentic self: journaling, prayer, movement, study, and cultivating spiritual friendships. We will embrace healing and wholeness.

Each session will include time for worship, sharing of joys and sorrows, a discussion topic, and examination of the spiritual necessity of BIPOC folx reclaiming our pleasure for healing, wholeness, and liberation. Please note and respect that this workshop is designed for and devoted to the needs of People of Color.

Please bring:

  • An open mind
  • Your authentic self
  • Your questions
  • Comfort aids such as a journal, sketch pad, knitting, or fidget toys

Suggested Readings: 

The Song of Solomon aka Song of Songs

Pleasure Activism by adrienne marree brown

Oh God! A Black Woman’s Guide to Sex and Spirituality by The Reverend Dr. Susan Newman

Special Note: This workshop has merged with Power and Persistence: Friends of Color Celebrate, which will be the first hour content.

Leader Experience

Regina Renee Ward

Regina Renee is Clerk of Ujima Friends Meeting. She is a public librarian and former public school teacher. She is passionate about social justice, intellectual freedom, reading, and building community. Her work with Friends and racial healing was born out of necessity as she navigates life both as a woman of African descent and a Christian Friend. Regina Renee serves Friends General Conference as the clerk of the Committee for Nurturing Ministries and as co-clerk of the Institutional Assessment Implementation Committee. Her favorite Book in the Bible is James. Her life verse is Micah 6:8.

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