Intelligent Love Course

Intelligent Love:  Ending Sex Trafficking by Addressing Root Causes

Winter 2020 Session: Full

Spring 2020 Session: Application period open 

Application Deadline: April 1st 2020

Dates: April 16th, 23rd, 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and June 4th

Time: 7pm-9:30pm

Tuition:  $150 per person  

* Student rate and sliding scale available to ensure accessibility. 

Venue: The Intersection: Fair Trade      110-6820 188th Street, Surrey B.C.

The Intelligent Love course is a bold spiritual journey towards compassion and justice in the area of sex trafficking. Through an 8-week facilitated curriculum, participants will be educated and empowered to create meaningful change in their communities and larger world by engaging the root causes of sexual exploitation. The course is designed to equip individuals and groups to seek justice in their individual and collective contexts from a position rooted in faith. The title Intelligent Love refers to the need to move beyond charity to address systemic change. The more justice we have, the less charity we need. Sessions will include theological reflection, group exercises, discussion, lecture, guest speakers, and faith rooted-organizing training where we explore how our faith informs our resistance to the gender-based oppressions fuelling the sex industry. By the end of the course the group will be equipped to organize themselves and act with compassion and justice to interfere with the sex industry.

Course Topics Includes:

  • Biblical Justice & Equality
  • Gender Socialization
  • Demand as the Root Cause of Sexual Exploitation
  • The Local Landscape of Prostitution & Trafficking (Including Legal Challenges)
  • Colonialism, Race, & Indigenous Women
  • Pornography & Rape Culture
  • Prostitution Survivor Story

Participants are asked to commit to the following:

• Attend all 8 sessions and participate in take home assignments (exceptions made for illness etc.)
• Pass on the knowledge you gain by teaching it to others
• Engage in the learning with an open heart and open mind

Attend an Event

We participate in events throughout the lower mainland.  Learn more about sexual exploitation, prostitution and REED’s work at a lecture, panel discussion, forum or festival.

Join us at VanDusen Gardens on May 1st to hear from our amazing guest speaker, honour our award winner, eat great food, and learn about REED's work.
REED's 6th Annual Fundraising Gala
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