"What I have lived my entire life is cross-gender friendships of the deepest kind. I have many examples of strong, lasting, deep, intimate relationships with men over my 53 years. The majority of them happening during the 27 years of my marriage with my husband's blessing."
Meet Katie Driver.
I am so excited that Katie is going to be one of the featured speakers at the Sacred Friendship Gathering: When Jesus Met Mary: Exploring Friendships Between Men and Women.
She's going to be speaking on: "Stories From The Trenches of Cross-Gender Relationships."
Katie went on to tell me: "The pressure in some communities in the Body of Christ to not have cross-gender relationships is very strong (as you know), and I have had to battle it constantly and bring the issue constantly into the "elephant in the room" conversation. There is a lot of pain, accusation, misunderstanding, fear which I call the "Burka Affect" -i.e. keep me covered up so I can't "cause you to sin" because your too weak and immature to get beyond me wearing a burka.....you get the idea. The bottom line is, it's not always easy to find a space for these healthy, intimate and wonderful relationships - but well worth every struggle to have and keep them."
Here is Katie's bio: http://sacredfriendshipgathering.com/speakers/katie-driver/