Female pastor is melting down purity rings and turning them into a vagina sculpture

If you were an Evangelical youth group kid during the 90s or early 00s, you probably signed a True Love Waits pledge saying you would save sex for marriage. Maybe you even bought a purity ring to wear on your ring finder to remind you that you were waiting for your future wife or husband.

True Love Waits still exists but as time has gone on, many progressive religious theologians have criticized the movement, saying abstinence only education is harmful to adolescent development and that those purity rings are a symbol of a “patriarchal theology that has harmed countless women.”

Enter progressive Christian author and theologian Nadia Bolz-Weber who wants to collect those old rings and melt them down into a golden vagina sculpture.

Bloz-Weber tells Huffington Post the project is promotion for her upcoming book, Shameless, which focuses on Christian women reclaiming their bodies from church theology.

“This thing about women that the church has tried to hide and control and that is a canvas on which other people can write their own righteousness ― it’s actually ours,” Bolz-Weber told HuffPost. “This part of me is mine and I get to determine what is good for it and if it’s beautiful and how I use it in the world.”

People who choose to send their old rings in will get a silicone “impurity” ring as well as an “impurity certificate.”

Many women responded they had lost theirs long ago or they’d suffered some sort of mishap during a sexual encounter.

Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran minister and theologian. According to the bio on her web site, she served as the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, “a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Denver, Colorado.”

The golden vagina sculpture will be unveiled at the 2019 Makers Conference.


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