15 episodes

Lurie Kimmerle and Rachel Alba both have Masters in Theology and a mission to bring the world a sex-positive, feminist, LGBTQ+ affirming Christianity. We talk about the real concerns in the world and our lives. We bring on guests who are also sex-positive Christian feminists (of all genders) to share their approach to life, spirituality, and sex.

Sex-Positive Christian Feminists Rachel Alba & Lurie Kimmerle

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Lurie Kimmerle and Rachel Alba both have Masters in Theology and a mission to bring the world a sex-positive, feminist, LGBTQ+ affirming Christianity. We talk about the real concerns in the world and our lives. We bring on guests who are also sex-positive Christian feminists (of all genders) to share their approach to life, spirituality, and sex.

    Masturbation and Lust: Always a pair?

    Masturbation and Lust: Always a pair?

    This week we tackle the topic of masturbation.  Particularly, female masturbation.  We talk about how and why we were taught masturbation was wrong, how the Evangelical Church and Catholic Church explain it's wrong.  We also discuss lust, orgasms, and our own journeys toward embracing pleasure.


    As always, we talk about sensitive topics so be mindful of who's nearby if you're listening without headphones.

    Want to connect with us more?  You can find us on Instagram @sexpositivechristianfeminists; @luriekimmerle; and @rachel.alba.coaching.

    Have any comments, questions, or ideas for future episodes?  Contact us at: spchristianfeminists at gmail dot com.

    • 46 min
    Turn on as a Spiritual Practice

    Turn on as a Spiritual Practice

    Turn-On is not to be confused with physical arousal.  Turn On is the state of being fully alive and present to the joy of pleasure.  We discuss the roots of this understanding, why it's subversive, and how it can help liberate our pleasure and our faith.

    SPOILER ALERT:  Rachel mentions the central conceit of the Pixar movie Soul around minutes 50-54.  Skip that part if you don't want to know about it :)

    As always, we talk about sensitive topics so be mindful of who's nearby if you're listening without headphones.

    Want to connect with us more?  You can find us on Instagram @sexpositivechristianfeminists; @luriekimmerle; and @rachel.alba.coaching.

    Have any comments, questions, or ideas for future episodes?  Contact us at: spchristianfeminists at gmail dot com.

    • 58 min
    The Christian Myth of Sex/Porn Addiction

    The Christian Myth of Sex/Porn Addiction

    The recent murders of Asian women at the hand of a white man who identifies as Christian and believes himself to be "addicted" to sex, led us to talk this week about the myth of sex and porn addiction.  According to the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), theories of sex addiction are not adequately backed up by sexological research.  Rachel shares more about this in today's episode as we discuss the dangers of how sex addiction and porn addiction are taught in Christian circles.

    You can find the AASECT position on sex addiction here: https://www.aasect.org/position-sex-addiction 

    If you or a loved one are experiencing compulsive behavior around pornography use consider checking out Rachel's mini-program, The Pornography Detox.  You can find more about it and purchase here:  https://www.sexwithspirit.com/pornography-detox-1



    As always, we talk about sensitive topics so be mindful of who's nearby if you're listening without headphones.

    Want to connect with us more?  You can find us on Instagram @sexpositivechristianfeminists; @luriekimmerle; and @rachel.alba.coaching.

    Have any comments, questions, or ideas for future episodes?  Contact us at: spchristianfeminists at gmail dot com.

    • 54 min
    Dr. James Cantor on Pedophilia and the Catholic Church's Sexual Abuse Crisis

    Dr. James Cantor on Pedophilia and the Catholic Church's Sexual Abuse Crisis

    This week Dr. James Cantor a neuroscientist and sexological researcher specializing in paraphilias (why we like what we like sexually) joins us to discuss his research on pedophilia and how it relates to what we know (and don't know) about the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.  Using sex research to understand exactly what the John Jay Report says about the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis is a conversation that isn't happening, yet it's essential to truly understanding the crisis and how to prevent sexual abuse from continuing. This conversation can be uncomfortable at first, but as James mentions it's like going to the gym.  That discomfort leads to important growth.  With that in mind, take care of yourself as you listen this week.

    A few resources should you desire more information.

    For more information on Dr. James Cantor, check out his website: http://www.jamescantor.org/
    You can find the Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002 report by John Jay College here:  https://www.bishop-accountability.org/reports/2004_02_27_JohnJay_revised/2004_02_27_John_Jay_Main_Report_Optimized.pdf
    You can find the Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002 report by John Jay College here: http://votf.org/johnjay/John_Jay_Causes_and_Context_Report.pdf


    As always, we talk about sensitive topics so be mindful of who's nearby if you're listening without headphones.

    Want to connect with us more?  You can find us on Instagram @sexpositivechristianfeminists; @luriekimmerle; and @rachel.alba.coaching.

    Have any comments, questions, or ideas for future episodes?  Contact us at: spchristianfeminists at gmail dot com.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Myths of Purity Culture

    Myths of Purity Culture

    This week we talk about what we were taught about sex through religion.  Along the way we also discuss the myth of soul ties, justice in our relationships, tarot, and BDSM.  It's a grab bag of thoughts that all come back to sex, god, and feminism.


    As always, we talk about sensitive topics so be mindful of who's nearby if you're listening without headphones.

    Want to connect with us more?  You can find us on Instagram @sexpositivechristianfeminists; @luriekimmerle; and @rachel.alba.coaching.

    Have any comments, questions, or ideas for future episodes?  Contact us at: spchristianfeminists at gmail dot com.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Desire, turn-on, and getting to ecstatic yes

    Desire, turn-on, and getting to ecstatic yes

    Today's conversation started with noticing how often women from Christian background find themselves disconnected from their bodies, desire, turn-on and pleasure.  We talk about how this disconnection brings about difficulty identifying consent within oneself and makes it confusing to figure out if you're doing something for someone else more than for yourself.  Finally, we offer our best practices for getting in touch with your turn-on.  While this episode uses primarily language referring to women, what we talk about can be relevant to people of any gender.

    Lurie mentions the book Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein.  You can buy that here: https://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/book/9780062209740

    As always, we talk about sensitive topics so be mindful of who's nearby if you're listening without headphones.

    Want to connect with us more?  You can find us on Instagram @sexpositivechristianfeminists; @luriekimmerle; and @rachel.alba.coaching.

    Have any comments, questions, or ideas for future episodes?  Contact us at: spchristianfeminists at gmail dot com.

    • 49 min

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