Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses

By Donna Freitas | Go to book overview

TEN
Seeking a Sexy Spirituality
for Students on Campus

WASH ME WHITER THAN THE SNOW

It’s a beautiful afternoon. The sun is shining in a cloudless sky and the air smells of spring, with green buds poking through what was wintry ground just weeks ago. As I walk across the evangelical college campus to attend Thursday afternoon chapel, it seems as if half the student population is walking there, too. I see Cara Walker with a friend. Cal Saunders and a young woman who must be his girlfriend are chatting as they move with the flow of everyone around them. Bodies are streaming into the church from all directions, some students alone, some in pairs and groups. Chatting. Laughing. Smiling at me, the newcomer, if they happen to catch my eye.

I am relieved to be outside after spending days in the interview room. It’s my last afternoon here, and I’m looking forward to this weekly event that so many students suggested I attend. This would be a really good one, they assured me. Lauren Winner is the guest speaker, and she’ll be talking about Real Sex, one of her most popular books.

Music greets us as we walk in the door. Two young men are on the stage, singing their hearts out, playing guitars. As we file into the pews, the singing grows stronger as more students join in. The lyrics scroll

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