Sex and Religion

Finding Religion and Spirituality in Population, Gender, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health Advocacy in the Philippines.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Catholic Voices

One very warm February afternoon which according to Pag-Asa, registered at an all time high of 36 degrees, and just a week after Valentine’s Day, the Balay Kalinaw, a Vigan inspired house built to better catch a breeze in warm climes, could barely offer a cool refuge to the gathering crowd of eager listeners.

Yet people were lining up to listen to three people speak about timely (and timeless) topics Puso, Puson at Pananampalataya, (literally Heart, Navel and Worship/Faith).

Danton Remoto, a well known Jesuit educated literary figure and an outspoken gay man, Dr. Margarita Holmes, perhaps the most popular and beloved straight talking psychiatrist and sex therapist in the country, and Sr. Helen Graham, a Mary Knoll Roan Catholic nun and unlikely yet familiar face on Debate, faced an audience of over fifty people that somehow fit into a small function room which was expected to accommodate a maximum of thirty.

Yet if it wasn’t the topic that titillated, more probable was the fact that these three speakers already have between them, a sizeable following. Despite the relatively short notice of the forum, people braved the heat and word spread about the forum.

Read more about the discussions in the forum...

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Puso, Puson, at Pananampalataya

A forum on religion, reproductive health, sexuality and spirituality entitled, “Puso, Puson, at Pananampalataya will be held on February 19, 2007, (a Monday), from 1:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Balay Kalinaw (Seminar Room B), UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Dr. Margarita Holmes and Mr. Danton Remoto will be present at the forum to discuss and share with us their insights on the topic.

This forum is a collaborative project of the Leadership Development Program for Mobilizing Reproductive Health (LDM), Health Action Information Network (HAIN), PLCPD, WomenLead and HASIK with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Should you be interested to attend, please confirm your attendance to Ms. Bicbic Chua (LDM) at 3764432 or 09217772927 or Ms. Tere Godito (HAIN) at 952-6312, 9526409.