Many people today would say that celibacy is not a sustainable path for anyone, let alone gay, lesbian, bisexual, and same-sex attracted Christians. But when it comes to research, we know very little about the experience of celibacy for Christian sexual minorities. Stemming from a qualitative study done by the presenter, this workshop aims to shed light on the experience of celibate Christians with same-sex desires, and identify helpful/unhelpful coping strategies that individuals have turned to when faced with loneliness. This workshop will also make space for dialogue and sharing insights about managing loneliness. Is singleness a death sentence? Is there a viable pathway forward where you can thrive, even if marriage is not in your future? What would that even look like? Together, let’s find out.
Julia Sadusky is in her fifth year in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Regent University. Her dissertation explored the experiences of loneliness in celibate sexual minorities. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Theology from Ave Maria University, followed by a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Regent. There, her research experiences and clinical training focused on sexual and gender identity. She served as Research Assistant in the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity, and worked in the Sexual & Gender Identity Clinic, offering individual, family, couples, and group therapy for those navigating sexual and gender identity concerns. She also has been a youth and ministry educator for the past five years, providing talks on topics related to sexuality, gender identity, and missionary life. She currently is a therapist at the Biola University Counseling Center in La Mirada, CA. At Biola she co-leads “The Dwelling,” a group that offers community for LGBTQ+ Christian college students.