Reclaiming Sexuality from Religion Workshop

Reclaiming Sexuality from Religion
Thursday December 6, 7-9 PM
California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Room 607
1453 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94103

Do you or someone you love struggle with sexuality because of religious experience? Do you work with clients dealing with sexual shame? Nine out of ten Americans were raised religious. Religious sexual repression and shaming often results in sexual dysfunction, abuse, addiction, LGBTQ suicides, and broken relationships. In this seminar, we will begin the healing process, addressing harmful religious teachings and practices. Formerly a minister, I help people heal from traumatic religion. This seminar will also address narratives about sexual morality that impact all of us who live in a society influenced by Judeo-Christian norms. Religious treatment of sex may be the most common type of sexual abuse in our world. Many of us were taught that our basic sexual impulses are sinful, even punishable by hell. Rejection of sexuality can also impact us in areas of life not directly related to sex, stifling our creativity and ability to relate to ourselves and other people. By addressing our experience of religious teachings and practices, we can begin the process of reclaiming sexuality from religion. This event is also intended for helping professionals (therapists, clergy, sex coaches) who work with people struggling with sexuality because of experiences with a religious tradition.

RSVP Required (free Eventbrite Ticket)

Voices of Deconversion Podcast Interview on Religious Transition:
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/dir-9yswu-4cdfa36. Hear my podcast interview on my religious upbringing and career in Christian ministry, my life crisis and transition out of religion, and my work today on religious trauma and tips for those struggling through a religious transition or healing in the aftermath.

About Andrew Jasko: Before I transitioned out of religion, I was a Pentecostal Christian minister preparing to become a missionary to India. I studied Bible at the Evangelical Christian Wheaton College and obtained my Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary. Religion was my life’s passion, but I suffered greatly from anxiety, depression, and guilt about my sexuality. I began to realize that the Bible’s teachings were the cause of my psychological distress. After a slow, painful process of awakening and denial, I quit my ministry job, left religion, and moved to California to start my life over. I began to study religion from the perspective of trauma and started working with people healing from religious trauma by coaching and facilitating workshops. In my healing journey, I awakened to a new experience of spirituality through secular humanism, meditation, entheogens, and sexuality. My dream is to help people heal from religion and dogmatic ideologies by experiencing spirituality and rationality. I am studying to become a clinical psychologist at California Institute of Integral Studies. My writings about exposing the trauma of religion and awakening spirituality can be found at http://www.lifeafterdogma.org/. Contact me: interviews, articles, speaking engagements, coaching for religious and sexual trauma, spiritual transitions andrewjjasko@gmail.com.