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Sex and the Soul Week begins Monday

Belmont’s annual Sex and the Soul Week begins Monday and will run through Friday.

University Minister Guy Chmieleski highlighted the importance and relevance of Sex and the Soul Week for college students.

“We know relationships are a big deal to college students – and really all people,” said Chmieleski. “God created us to crave relationships, and to thrive within them, but we too often struggle to find examples of good, healthy relationships in the world around us.”

The week will consist of three chapel services as well as other convocations and speakers. While the theme this year is marriage, the event will also focus on love, dating and being single, with an overarching emphasis on the Christian faith.

Authors of “Before Forever” and marriage counselors Byron and Carla Weathersbee will speak Wednesday.

Friday’s chapel will feature John Van Epp, president of relational program “Love Thinks” and the author of “How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk.”

Other convocations include “Set Her Free,” a human trafficking talk sponsored by Baptist Collegiate Ministries in the Leu Center for Visual Arts 117 at 8 p.m. Monday.

“Love Thy Neighbor: The Golden Rule and How to Be Open to our LGBT Brothers and Sisters” will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday in University Ministries. The Belmont Catholic Community will host “Why Catholics Love Sex” Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Beaman A and B.

Overall, Sex and the Soul Week seeks to reach out to the majority of students on-campus, no matter at what point they are in their lives.

“We believe that students are also eager to hear that God loves them – whether they’re single or dating, whether they’ve made few relational mistakes or many,” said Chmieleski. “God meets us where we are and desires to be in right relationship with us such that it shapes who we are and how we are in all of our relationships.”

To see the full schedule of Sex and the Soul Week, visit the University Ministries Facebook page.

This article was written by Jacqueline Skokna.

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