Our congregation is invited to a special series on the ethics and impact of pornography this weekend in Springfield that is being hosted by our friend and former minister for youth and college students, the Rev. Dr. Micki Pulleyking. The event is dedicated to overcoming misogyny and violence against women, as well as promoting healthy sexual ethics, particularly as related to the widespread affects of pornography in our culture. It is free and open to the public.
The Gospel speaks against all forms of supremacy, violence, racism, classism and the objectification and dehumanization of any bodies. Yet when it comes to pornography, the churches are often silent. This is why Rev. Pulleyking has invited Dr. Robert Jensen, a well-known scholar in media and ethics, to talk about the ethics of pornography at Westminster Presbyterian Church. As Rev. Pulleyking notes, this is related to other social justice issues churches claim to care about: race, class, and gender. It’s ubiquity on the internet is openly misogynistic, overtly racist, and promotes violence against women. Last year, at a conference, a media professor from New York concluded, “the long-term impact of our culture’s porn addiction will be greater than our opioid crisis.”
Dr. Jensen is the author of several books including, Getting Off, The End of Patriarchy, Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality, and The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege. He is passionate about educating for a better world.
The Ethics and Impact of Pornography seminar will begin on Friday from 5:00-7:00 on MSU’s campus, Glass Hall 102. You may park free anywhere; lot 20 is just west of Glass.
On Saturday morning, coffee and donuts will be served in Westminster’s gym at 8:30. Dr. Jensen will teach from 9:00-12:00.
See picture for more info–and bring your own questions. Feel free to invite friends, teens, parents, grandparents as well!