The desire to create rituals
seems innate in mankind.
Patterned actions that we believe
give comfort, protection, power:
whispered prayer, lighted
candle, song sung, rhythmic dance,
shared chants, talisman, sacred
circles, make a wish, cup of coffee
to greet the dawn, celebration of
Integration of Sex and Religion
Sexuality and faith are two of the most deeply important and deeply personal aspects of human identity.
Although sex and spirituality are often treated as very separate issues, and even understood to be in conflict in many societies, including U.S. society, we believe that sexuality and spirituality are natural and intersecting parts of human being’s lives and that for many people sex is deeply spiritual. The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance understands that sexual freedom and freedom of religion are both fundamental human rights, and that neither one can negate the other.
Our culture needs a sexual ethic focused on personal relationships and social justice rather than particular sexual acts. All persons have the right and responsibility to lead sexual lives that express love, justice, mutuality, commitment, consent and pleasure. Grounded in respect for the body and for the vulnerability that intimacy brings, this ethic fosters physical, emotional and spiritual health. It accepts no double standards and applies to all persons, without regard to sex, gender, color, age, bodily condition, marital status or sexual orientation.Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing from the Religious Institute.
We work in solidarity with progressive faith based organizations and have staff and board members of various diverse religious and spiritual traditions, some of whom are leaders in their faith communities. We believe in mutual respect and working through dialogue across differences so that all of our human rights can be respected and protected, while our full humanity as sexual and spiritual beings can be honored and realized.
“Even the pursuit of virtue and devotion to a moral code, such as is taught by the world’s great religions (for example, by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), entirely loses its significance unless it can be practiced with freedom of faith (Noonan & Gaffney, 2001; Waldman, 2009). And with spiritual practices that do not depend so much on belief or faith (for example, some of the Dharmic and Taoic religions), the attainment of a good life is held to depend on the possibility of liberation of the human spirit from the constraints of mundane conditions, which is yet another invocation of the notion of freedom (e.g., Krishnamurti, 1996; Osho, 2002, 2004a, 2004b).”
Sinful art by Felicien Rops