(For all other podcast platforms: The Naked Gospel podcast)
Every human knowns what loneliness and the longing to be know is like—regardless of sexual orientation or theological position. Sexual intimacy is a way of being known, but it is not the only way to be known. And sexual intimacy does not take away loneliness.
Art Pereira is a man that is same sex attracted. He joins us for an in-depth conversation about same sex attraction, sexual identity, and relationships in God’s family.
Art shares his story, telling us about discovering his same sex attraction as a kid, his denial of that attraction, how churches have treated him, and his experience with loneliness and friendship.
As a follower of Jesus, Art is sexually celibate. But Art refuses to believe that his calling to celibacy is a calling to loneliness. Consequently, Art has discovered some beautifully and unique ways of friendship and commitment.
Join Art and Shane as they process erotic and non-erotic intimacy for the family of God.
Some Questions from the Interview:
Art, would you tell us your story?
What has friendship looked in your life?
As you were growing up, how did your church and friends treat you?
What led you to celibacy?
What does relationship mean and look like in your life right now?
Art, what do you long to see in God’s family?
Art is the Director of Community Care for Revoice. Art immigrated from Brazil with his parents when he was 4 years old, and has lived in New Jersey since. He lives with his best friend/chosen brother.
Art has spent the past decade working in local church youth ministry, predominately in the suburbs. Between his immigration background and his experience as a sexual minority, he loves to build bridges between different communities. Art especially has a heart for community and friendship in the Church.