“The other side of shame is awe.” – Ann Belford Ulanov, The Unshuttered Heart

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About the Faith and Sex Center

The Faith and Sex Center is the licensed recovery arm of xxxchurch.com.  While its main office is in Culver City, CA, clients are seen at the Ecclesia Church offices in Hollywood as well.  We offer individual, couple, and group therapy as well as seminars and other teaching events.

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June 1, 2016 |

God’s Invitations: An Exploration of Christian Spirituality

  “To realize truth our whole being has to be brought into accord with actuality, with things as they are, which requires that in communications with others we respect things as they are by speaking the truth. Truthful speech establishes a correspondence between our own inner being and the real nature of phenomena, allowing wisdom to rise up and fathom their real nature. Thus, much more than an ethical principle, devotion to truthful speech is a matter of taking our stand on reality rather than illusion, on the truth grasped by wisdom rather than the fantasies woven by desire.”   – Bhikkhu Bodhi, The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering, pp....

May 15, 2015 |


“When we understand that we are born babies, that we all bleed blood, and that we experience the same pains and joys, then we have the basis of the empathy and humility we need to be able to forgive.” – Everett L. Worthington Jr., Forgiving and Reconciling, p. 127   Mike’s dad kicked him out of the house when he was sixteen. The last time I saw Mike before he left to live with his mother in Katmandu, Nepal was when my older brother and I were running laps around a big grassy field in our neighborhood park. It was night. Where I ran Mike was going to sleep. I don’t remember if I...

March 12, 2015 |

Poor Decisions Are Decisions Made Poorly

  “It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett   I had a professor who later became my clinical supervisor. He was a jolly guy. He’d start classes by reading the “Real Fact” from the inside of Snapple drink lids and telling slightly corny jokes.   “Make me one with everything,” commanded a Buddhist monk as he walked into a pizza parlor. In asking for his change he was told, “It’s already within you.”   Har, har…   His phone would go off in class. The ring tone was “More than a Feeling” by Boston. Apropos...

December 11, 2014 |

Bucket Lists

“The secret self knows the anguish of our attachments and assures us that letting go of what we think we must have to be happy is the same as letting go of our unhappiness.” – Guy Finley     The Academy Bridge in Venice, Italy is one of only four bridges that span the Grand Canal.  It’s a footbridge, really, a 1985 replica of the 1933 replacement of the original 1854 bridge.  Its rails and cables drip with thousands of small metal padlocks inscribed with male and female names.  My son asked me what they were for.  I told him I didn’t know.  Later research proved they are “love locks,” fastened onto renowned locations...

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