An Upcoming Event - you may find of interest:
Although Cali is sadly not on my schedule (nor in my budget) this Fall - I wanted to share the 2016 Theology of the Body Congress with you. This conference scheduled for Sept 22 - 25th, is located at the beautiful Ontario Convention Center in Southern California. *Early Bird Registration (with prizes) until July 31st!
One of the topics that drew my attention was the inclusion of the fantabulous (*yes, that is a word - especially since Matt is both fabulous and fantastic - and I could not decide which to use) Matt Fradd among this year's speakers. I've been big advocate ever since being introduced to Matt's important and inspiring work, of helping people become aware of the dangers and detriments of pornography as well as providing resources to help those who love those addicted to pornography, at a conference several years ago. In my own ministry work with woman, and especially when I worked with teens and young adults, this issue was often overlooked or under-reported. It was either too embarrassing to share or was considered 'not a big deal' because it did not have any 'victims' or wasn't bothering anyone. If I had a dime for every time I had to counter the ridiculous argument or justification of, "Those men and women in the videos are making lots of money, they've consented, right! So, what's the issue?" Oh where do I begin ...luckily Matt has COVERED it all and then some!
If you have a child - of any age - especially in today's media drenched world, this issue is something you should note. If you have a significant other - then you should be paying attention. If you love and want others to be free to experience love in the way God intended - freely, faithfully and fruitfully; then again you need to make yourself aware of how serious and detrimental pornography is. It is not just about knowledge but how we can use this awareness to RESTORE human dignity and the threat to marriage. This is just ONE of the many important topics being covered in this year's TOB Congress: "LOVE, MERCY, AND THE GIFT OF THE FAMILY"
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Cover Photo courtesy - Theology of The Body Congress