Several campus organizations will discuss sex from a Christian position today during a public forum in Isla Vista Theater.
The Reform University Fellowship, InterVarsity, Asian American Christian Fellowship and Real Life student groups will host “The Meaning of Sex” discussion at 7:30 p.m. The event includes a lecture from author and speaker Frederica Mathewes-Green and a question-and-answer section.
According to first-year political science major Anne Sawiris, a representative of InterVarsity, the event will clarify how Christians receive sex.
“There is a misconception about what the Christian view of sex is and this will help people understand what that view is,” Sawiris said.
Real Life Campus Director Chris Comstock said the meeting will emphasize the deeper connotations of sex aside from physical pleasure.
“Sex is deeper than a physical act,” Comstock said. “With this event, people will understand that.”
In addition to public discussion, the event will include a guest lecture from author Mathewes-Green. Mathewes-Green has written articles for major publications including the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal and currently writes for the Christian site Beliefnet.com.
According to Reform University Fellowship campus campus minister Jaimeson Stockhaus, Mathewes-Green provides insight from her own life experiences.
“She has written books and spoken at various venues with regards to gender feminism and sexuality from a Christian viewpoint,” Stockhaus said. “She speaks a lot about spirituality and her own life story — like how she embraced ideas of feminism and came to appreciate Christianity later in life, even though she grew up Catholic.”
Veritas Forum, an organization that works with Christian groups on college campuses, is helping to host the discussion.
Cornstock said the association creates events addressing Jesus’ relevance to current culture and academic disciplines.
“Universities are about the pursuit of truth, so we are trying to engage students and faculty in answering life’s hardest questions,” Comstock said. “We are asking, ‘How would Jesus fit into those things?’ So, we are bringing Jesus back into the public forum.”