Relationships, dating, sex and marriage are changing. What difference does having a faith make to relationship choices? What does love look like in the 21st century? What is the future for relationships? How are singleness and marriage evolving? Building on the book 'Relatable: Exploring God, Love and Connection in the Age of Choice', the Relatable podcast explores stories from different stages of life and love, and brings into focus the challenges of navigating faith and relationships. In each episode Vicky Walker hosts a conversation about modern relationships, and covers sensitive and challenging subjects with a range of fascinating interviewees: sex, celibacy, the roles of women and men, marriage, single life and that slightly awkward question... do some Christians really not kiss until their wedding day?
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Vulnerability, validation and value - what does singleness mean for women?
Vicky Walker talks to broadcaster and journalist Genelle Aldred about changing definitions of singleness, expectations of church & family, the effects of shrinking numbers of Christians, fewer couples meeting in church and people marrying later, particularly for women who were taught to expect marriage as a natural stage of life. How can single people navigate ambiguous friendships, uneven numbers of men and women in the church, and live well no matter what their relationship status?
Men and women- what does true equality look like?
Christian views about the roles of women and men have been debated for millennia. Do gender roles help or hinder flourishing? What does a marriage based on egalitarian values and theology look like?
Vicky Walker talks to writer, activist and runner Jenny Baker, author of 'Equals - enjoying gender equality in all areas of life' about her role models, marriage, parenting, how men and women can work together in relationships and where the church can help.
Singleness, celibacy and dating yourself
Why would a 13 year old boy take a vow of celibacy? What happens when he later enters the world of rap? MOBO Award winning rapper Faith Child's childhood memories include poverty and witnessing domestic abuse. Vicky Walker talks to the TV presenter and performer about forgiveness, family and what it means to be a man. Should gender roles exist? Does it matter who earns more money in a relationship? How important are dating, friendship and fulfilment in an abstinent life?
Childlessness and changed plans - what happens when the 'Christian ideal' doesn't happen?
Vicky Walker talks to writer and broadcaster Sheridan Voysey about masculinity, marriage, infertility, love, redemption and what happens when life doesn't go to plan.
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Sex and growing up Christian - Just don't do it?
Christian teaching about sex outside of marriage can be very black and white - 'Don't do it!' - but increasingly Christians have a wide range of sexual ethics. Is there one right way? How do church expectations affect sexual development?
Vicky Walker talks to Kate Mounce and Eleanor Young AKA the Beside Ourselves Collective, whose theatre show 'Just Don't Do It' unpicks their own experiences of growing up, sex, sexuality and faith.
Relatable: Do people really wait until marriage for their first kiss?
Does avoiding physically intimacy before marriage make for a great relationship after? That's one of the big 'sales pitches' often given to young Christians. Vicky Walker talks to Australian performer Lara Pilcher who didn't kiss her husband Andrew until their wedding day, thirteen years ago. What led them to that decision? What happened next? Would they recommend their relationship choices to others?
Hi Vicky, thank you for the Relatable podcasts. Really thought provoking and entertaining conversions. Listening to them – and looking out for the next ones. John
Listened to two episodes so far... very relatable! Excited to hear more...
Wonderful and much needed podcast
Following on from her terrific book, Vicky converses with guests about the real issues surrounding faith and relationships. Keep looking forward to the next one!