The End of Sexual Identity? A Seminar with Jenell Paris

By | January 4, 2012

January 28, 10am-3:30pm @ Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community
Sexual identity has become an idol in both the culture at large and in the Christian subculture. And yet concepts like “gay” or “straight” are relatively recent developments in human history. We let ourselves be defined by socially constructed notions of sexual identity and sexual orientation–even though these may not be the only or best ways to think about sexuality.

Anthropologist Jenell Williams Paris offers a Christian framework for sexual holiness that accounts for complex postmodern realities. She assesses problems with popular cultural and Christian understandings of heterosexuality and homosexuality alike. Her book, The End of Sexual Identity moves beyond culture-war impasses to open up new space for conversations in diverse communities both inside and outside the church.

On January 28, Upper Room will host a “mini conference” with Jenell at Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community. The morning session will cover the topic of sexual orientation/identity. The afternoon session will address sexual holiness in the context of both marriage and singleness. Each session will include a presentation from Jenell, Q&A, and guided conversation. Suggested donation for attending is $10. For more information or to register check out

Event Schedule:

10am-Noon: Session 1 : The End of Sexual Identity

Noon-1:30pm: Lunch (Franktuary will be on site and selling hot dogs and other items.)

1:30pm-3:30pm: Session 2: Cure or Care?: Sexual Holiness in Marriage and Singleness