Sexuality Education

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) does not currently publish a sexuality education curriculum, but Westminster John Knox Press has published an excellent book for parents by Kate Ott, Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescencewhich lends itself to discussion. Presbyterian church educator Charlotte McGowan has written a study guide for the book, downloadable here.  

The premise of Sex + Faith is that “as a parent, you are already a sexuality educator, even if you have said nothing about ‘sex.’” (p. x) The same is true of the Christian community as a whole. Because of the vows we make at baptisms, we all have an ongoing responsibility to grow in our capacity to engage faithfully in the task of helping children and youth develop healthy attitudes about sexuality. Therefore, even people who are not parents (or whose children are grown) can benefit from this study.  “This book focuses on how sexuality education, parenting, and faith intersect. Consider sharing this book with grandparents, teachers, and trusted adults in your child’s life so that they can also share sexuality-related messages, values, and faith beliefs.” (pp. xi-xii)

For other sexuality curriculum, Presbyterian educators recommend these programs:

From the United Church of Christ

  • Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith: Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adult, and adult. The program and its religious companion books, Sexuality and Our Faith, provide an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to learn about sexuality in the affirming and supportive setting of our faith communities.
  • Created In God’s Image: a ten-week program for adults that focuses on integrating sexuality into the ministry and mission of the church.
  • Affirming Persons, Saving Lives: a comprehensive HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention education curriculum.

CLER Ministries

  • “Just Say Know” Programs: Workshops for congregations are offered for elementary, middle, and high schoolers and adults. Training and certification are required in order to lead the programs.
  • “Created To Be Me”: an ecumenical camping program focused on spirituality and sexuality, presented by CLER- trained Keynote/Workshop Leaders.

 

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