Human Intimacy

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					Human Intimacy
The Gift &
 Challenge of
 Loving
„Is there enough love…?‟


    The Crisis of Relationships
For Maturing Adults
Only
   Beyond the popular
    understanding of
    intimacy.

   The demanding
    journey toward
    authentic intimacy.
God is Love
 Inner   Life of
 God:
   Source of
   Intimacy
Rublev‟s Trinity
              Iconof Divine &
              Human
              Intimacy.

              TheCom-Unity
              of God.
Trinity as Overflowing Love
 Perichoresis—The   Inner ‘Dance of
  Relationship’ in God.
 Church as sacrament of relationship.
 ‘May they be one, as we are one…”
What is Intimacy?
   Biblical Metaphor
    (John 15)

   I Call You
    Friends…Because
    I have made
    known
    everything…
What is Intimacy?
Loving   behavior that is
 manifested through
 self-disclosure.
Circles & Levels of Intimacy
 Family
 Colleagues

 Faith

  Community
 Closest Friends

 Spouse/Partner
Levels & Circles: Jesus
 The Crowds.
 Jewish leaders.
 The 72.
 The Twelve.
 Special 3 (Peter, James, John).
 Closest friends (Mary,Martha Lazarus).
Self-Intimacy—Foundational
   The great
    commandment
    and self-
    acceptance.

   „our own wounded
    self‟ (Jung).
Love matters…
The Dance of Intimacy
 Intime—Inside,
 Deep Within.

 Intimidare—to
 cause fear, to
 intimidate.
Inside of…?
 Body
 Stories
 Feelings
 Thoughts
 Values & Beliefs
 Personal History
Self-Disclosure
   “Heart of
    Intimacy”.

 Becoming
    transparent.
Self-Disclosure—a Challenge
  „Tell all‟ culture.
 „Vicarious intimacy.‟
 Healthy boundaries.
 Appropriate self-disclosure.
Varieties of Intimacy
 Face-to-Face

 Side-by-Side

 Back-to-Back
This is how they will know…

 Thatyou have
 LOVE for one
 another…

				
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