Saturday Symposium: Celibacy and Commitment

Hello, Readers! We hope that you find some time to rest and relax this weekend. We have had busy weeks with a flurry of activities and are looking forward to some downtime.

Now, onto our new Saturday Symposium question:

How this works: It’s very simple. We ask a multi-part question related to a topic we’ve blogged about during the past week or are considering blogging about in the near future, and you, our readers, share your responses in the comments section. Feel free to be open, reflective, and vulnerable…and to challenge us. But as always, be mindful of the comment policy that ends each of our posts. Usually, we respond fairly quickly to each comment, but in order to give you time to think, come back, add more later if you want, and discuss with other readers, we will wait until after Monday to respond to comments on Saturday Symposium questions.

This week’s Saturday Symposium question: This week, we talked about the diverse kinds of commitments made when people are in meaningful relationships. Lindsey shared about how being committed to Sarah can color the way Lindsey articulates prayer requests. This week, we’re curious to discuss how celibate people describe the relationships they have with other celibate people. There are many ways people can structure their lives as celibate people such as living in monastic communities, in celibate partnerships like ours, or in more diffuse communal structures like the local church. What language is helpful when people want to describe how they have committed to particular ways of life in relationship with others? If you are not celibate, what language do you use when describing how celibates commit to the celibate vocation? How do you conceive of the role commitment plays in celibate lives? 

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Sarah and Lindsey

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