Dr. Jen Promotes Sex Positively through
Word of God
In ancient history sex was sacred. Lovemaking was an act that mystically united heaven and earth. Sex was embodied prayer.
Dr. Jen is a sexuality educator with a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. She also specializes in counseling adults experiencing sexual dysfunction and has hosted a podcast about Sex & Love. Jen is dedicated to making a difference with her work and has come a long way from her upbringing in a conservative, religious environment.
“I learned that sex can be a form of prayer. Understanding sex and spirituality from a new point of view has certainly enriched my marriage and brought me closer to my husband and to God.” – Dr. Jen
Connecting with God Through Love
Dr. Jen grew up in a conservative household, where sex was associated with shame and guilt. However, she did not realize the profound impact of her upbringing until she got married. She shares, “I found my long-held beliefs negatively affecting my intimacy with my husband.” She turned to God for direction, and she was showed the way through sacred writings that were once accepted teachings in early Christianity, the Gnostic Gospels (before the Council of Nicea in 325AD).
Meditating on the Gospel of Philip became a turning point in her life. She began to no longer associate sex with shame and learned to understand sexual intimacy as a form of prayer. “I learned sex was not a dirty word but had the potential to represent something pure and ethereal,” Jen says. This change in attitude not only dramatically improved the intimacy with her husband, but it also inspired Jen to share the possibility of a new narrative about sex and God in Western culture.
Jen now seeks to spread the message. She leads workshops to help others make a positive association between God and sex, encouraging them to question their long-held beliefs, which may be the reason behind their unfulfilled relationships.
Spreading the Word
Dr. Jen is currently authoring a book where she asks the question, ‘what if Jesus actually had a positive message about sex: sex being a form of prayer?’ She shares the impact that the Gnostic Gospel of Philip had on her views about God & sex, and she writes to encourage others to examine the possibility that Jesus may have had a very different message about sex than what we have been told. She acknowledges that while many scholars are not willing to consider that the Gospel of Philip is about sex at all, Jen cites the few who do endorse this scripture to represent Jesus’ lost teachings about sex. She asks in her writing, ‘what if we assumed this scripture represented Jesus’ pro-sex message, how would this revised understanding of Jesus’ teachings shift sexual behavior in today’s hypersexualized, puritanical culture?