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We spoke to former University academic and internationally acclaimed graduate program director, medical doctor turned sexologist and writer Patricia Weerakoon about her Christian framework of sex therapy.

1. How did your faith influence your decision to move into Sexology? 

As a medical doctor I studied the human body. The exquisite complementary nature of the male and female genitalia and sexual response both mystified and fascinated me. However it was during my postgraduate study at the University of Hawaii that I had the opportunity to work with one of the world’s most eminent sexologists – Professor Milton Diamond. It is to him that I truly credit my sexology career.

2. Why is it important to recognise the connection between faith and sex? 

This is my personal story: I have been an evangelical Christian for all of my life, and an academic sexologist for my professional career of over 30 years. Most people would assume that those two topics are implacably opposed. On the contrary, as I, over the years, sought to deeply understand both human sexuality and the God who reveals himself in the Christ of the Bible, the more I discovered the happy harmony between them both. This is what I will explore in my presentation.

2. If you had to choose one phrase to live by, what would it be? 

“For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” Philippians 1:21 As a retired Sexologist of 67, this means a lot to me.

3. What do you think is the key to interfaith harmony?

To be able to listen respectfully to each other as we seek the ultimate truth.

Hear Patricia speak as part of Interfaith Week