Contemporary American culture—very much including Christian culture—finds it hard to understand celibacy as anything other than a deprivation. And lots of us also experience celibacy as mostly deprivation, rather than an arena for love. In this workshop, I’ll look at Christian history, theology, and art, in order to suggest ways in which celibacy offers unique forms of openness to love, intimacy with God, and witness to Heaven. I’ll also share my own story of discovering beauty in celibacy even though I never wanted it—if celibacy is a “gift,” I’ve finally stopped looking for the returns counter.
Eve Tushnet is a lesbian Catholic author, blogger, and speaker. In addition to publishing a book, she has a blog and has written for The American Spectator, Commonweal, National Catholic Register, National Review, and The Washington Blade. As of 2010, she lives in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC.