When religion tells you that the way you want to have sex is a SIN, how does that affect your relationship with God and spirituality? What was your experience as a teenager, as change and desire surges through your body, and you were perhaps getting messages that sex was only ok in the context of marriage? Or what if your desire falls entirely outside of what the government and the church think should be “normal?” – even as research shows that there is no such thing as normal in the context of actual human sexual behavior? For queer people whose sexualities are “controversial” and stigmatized in most churches, having your desire in direct contradiction to the messages of who you are supposed to be, can really alienate you from God. How could God be all-knowing, all-powerful, and good if what joy you feel in your body is supposedly evil? The God Project and Reviving Spirits are a project of Outlook Theater in San Francisco. The performance was literally taken directly from surveys about what people really believe about God, gender, sexuality, pluralism, beliefs, and atheism. You can take “the God Project” survey now at http://bit.ly/o33Zd9. They want 1000 responses from all over the world, please feel free to share it. The goal of Outlook Theater is to bring the survey to life in various LGBTQ centers, places of worship, and other venues using theater and dialogue that build bridges between the diverse LGBTQIA communities. Co-directors Anthony Julius Williams and Jason Wyman are committed to cultural bridge building, and are looking for more performers. Look for the call for artists at outlooktheater.org. We’ll discuss how spirituality and sexuality are connected, and how post-modern queer performance art is connected to damage around spirituality. Plus we’ll learn what personally drew Jason Wyman and Anthony Julius Williams to Reviving Spirits. What is the relationship to GOD for the queer, kinky, freaky, turned-on, and/or LGBTQIA community? What is GOD’s relationship to us?

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