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Welcome to Frank Answers!

Welcome to my blog, “Frank-Answers.” You can read about me and why I started this web page in “About Frank and ‘Frank-Answers.’”

Here’s how this blog works. I answer questions submitted by readers. Questions submitted from the blog platform come to me anonymously, so I don’t know who is asking the question. If the question is on a topic I’m willing and able to answer, I’ll do so. You are also invited to comment on my answers through the “comment” feature provided on the blog platform.  But I get to approve all comments and your name or ID will appear with it. I want to keep the comments civil and informative, even on controversial topics.

An “answer” can be explored further through the comments section or it may prompt a new question. We can return to topics already discussed. The articles are archived, so comments made long after the date an article was posted are still welcome to keep the discussion going or to reignite discussion on the topic.

When I started “Frank Answers” on my church web site, I received a lot of questions such as church people might ask. Now that I’m retired from pastoral ministry and I’m “out there” on the worldwide web, I get different kinds of questions. Many of the questions I answer concern liturgy and worship practices because that has been my academic field of study and I’m still teaching and writing about liturgy. Many of my articles focus on the body—in liturgy and theology, as well as in philosophy and  sexuality— because the body has become a particular interest of mine in recent years.  I have an interest in yoga and environmental issues, so a number of articles deal with those topics. I’ve also posted a few sermons I’ve preached,

Unlike printed articles, blog articles are “living” documents, that is, evolving pieces. Sometimes long after an article has been posted I notice an error or think an idea can be stated better or I get a new insight or new information. So I don’t hesitate to go in and correct errors or rewrite a paragraph or add new information. So I invite users to return to a favorite topic.

I have enjoyed finding images for the articles. Hopefully the images are in public domain for free use. If one is not, please notify me and I will take it down. Sometimes when looking for images for a new article I find one that is just right for another article. So I may add or change images as I find new ones that seem appropriate, just as I do with words. You can’t do that in a print medium.

After a timid start, I began including illustrative images of nude bodies. I deal with number of topics for which nude images are appropriate: Christ’s passion and resurrection, the body in nature, sexuality, swimming naked, yoga, etc.  I have flagged those articles that display nudity by including the category or tag of “nakedness” or “nudity” among the topics addressed in the article, to forewarn readers. Some of the images may strike some readers as pornographic (indeed, some of the Greek etchings, ancient Indian sculptures, and medieval drawings are pornographic!). But I have for the most part avoided photographic images that are hard core porn.  I do not regard displays of the nude body in art and photography sinful.

Since these articles are sometimes evolving pieces, I invite you to return again to answers on topics that interest you. It may be slightly different.

General comments about this blog are welcome below in the comments feature. I have enjoyed writing these answers. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Pastor Frank Senn

 

On the Giant Ledge in the Catskills celebrating my 75th birthday.

9 Comments

  1. Frank Senn
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    • Frank Senn
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      Submitted as a question, but it is really a comment.

      Pr. Senn,
      Is yours a subscription blog that’s sent out to interested readers automatically, or does one need to go in consciously to see what’s going on? If subscriptions are possible, I’m missing the sign-up form… Help me there, please.

      I’ve just discovered your site over the weekend while searching for something else (so it often goes…), and am gratified by the good sense, the theological underpinnings, and the pastoral approach that drives you.

      I’m also a retired ELCA pastor, and actually crossed paths with you many years ago when I was a seminarian. We said hello just once, but I doubt you’d recall.

      What I’m finding in your blog is a rare, sensible, thoughtful, balanced attitude toward topics like yoga, spirituality, the human body generally and nakedness in particular, scarcely seen in the USA and the American Churches. You share so many of my views on these topics it astonishes me. So few others do…

  2. Frank Senn
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    This came by email from a gay college student:

    Hi Frank,

    I really enjoy your blog. Not only do I find it very insightful, but I have to admit reading some of your posts is very stimulating. I just started my freshman in year in college, and as a young college guy I really enjoy your openness on certain topics like massage, masturbation, and naked male bonding. And of course the pornography and penis size posts I can certainly relate to.

    I love the pictures on your blog. I think I’ve seen them all. I especially love the ones about swimming naked, and the penis and confidence post. And about the bonding naked. Those are great. I can’t imagine what it must have been like back then when everyone was naked in PE swimming and at the Y.

    Of course the masturbation article is great. Reminds me of not too long ago exploring with myself and others. The words and pics are great.

  3. Frank Senn
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    A comment from Ric:

    “Hi Frank. Came across your website. Great blogs. Thoroughly enjoyed and can relate. Finally a site about men’s issues with real uncensored dialogue. Could definitely relate to the swimming nude blogs as I did through my entire childhood. Made it easier to be nude later in life. Can’t understand why men would ever need any clothes in an all male environment like a locker room or pool. Keep up the good work.”

    • Frank Senn
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      Thanks, Ric. I guess the incredulity about and outright hostility to male naked swimming that many of us men experienced in earlier times is what set me off. As more comments came in I kept thinking about that and related issues. I pretty much allowed all comments as long as they were civil. I only suppressed a few that were becoming antagonistic. Finding and posting vintage photos to illustrate the issues raised about swimming naked emboldened me to post more nude images throughout my blog than I might have otherwise.

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        Ric

        Many younger people I speak to cannot believe there was a time when men swam fully nude as well as had group open showers. We had no problems with it. Since your readers are probably mostly male, we have no problem with any of your images. That’s the point, men should not be embarrassed to be nude in front of anyone.

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    William Wassner

    So good to see you again…you taught our Arts of Ministry class at the U of C in 1982…blessings to you and yours

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