Dr Patricia Weerakoon

Patricia trained in medicine in Sri Lanka. She attributes her twin passions of God and sex to her postgraduate training in sexology at the university of Hawaii. She retired in 2012 after a career as director of an internationally renowned graduate program in sexual health at the University of Sydney to pursue her passion for writing and public speaking in sexology from a Christ focused biblical perspective. Her non-fiction books written through a Christian publishing company are gold-standard guides for good sexual health for all ages. She has a recognised media presence and is a popular public speaker and social commentator in Australia.

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Re-imagining Gender

Trans, Bi, Pansexual, Agender, Fluid – do these terms confront? Confuse? How should we respond when we hear young people use these? Identify by them? The presentation overviews three perspectives on sex and gender – medical, social, and Biblical – proposing that a model of gender identity informed by all three will truly lead to holistic personal and social well-being. The discussion will conclude by exploring how Christians and Christian schools, who believe the Biblical-theological perspective of gender as an aspect of being embodied images of our creator God, can respond in compassion to people with gender confusion without in any way compromising their conviction of the Biblical-theological view and teachings.

Elective Session:

Re-imagining Purity in a Pornified World

The Bible tells us we are created as male and female, for relationships. The most intimate relationship of all is marriage – a committed, other focused, sexual one-flesh of mutual trust and intimacy. Pornography distorts this Biblical pattern for relationship and sexuality. It replaces it with a second-hand experience of prurient self-gratification and vicarious orgasmic highs.

Use of pornography as a sexual stimulant rewires and reconfigures neurological pathways in the brain. It changes sexual scripts in the brain for desire, arousal, and intimacy. This presentation will explore the effects of porn use on children, teens, and adults, and discuss how the very neuroplasticity that leads to people becoming hooked on porn can be used for recovery.

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