Human Sexuality and Children
Sexuality is one of God’s gifts to humankind. Age-appropriate, medically-accurate, faith based sexuality education is a ministry of the United Church of Christ. When education about human sexuality is provided by loving, well-trained facilitators, our children and youth (and their families) are given the information upon which to make life-affirming and life-saving choices.
For over 40 years, the United Church of Christ has encouraged churches to study human sexuality and has published life-span comprehensive resources for use not only in the faith community but also in secular settings.
Our resources, Our Whole Lives—Sexuality and Our Faith, Created in God's Image, and Affirming Persons, Saving Lives are age-appropriate and medically-accurate. These resources have both immediate relevance and applicability for later life.
In addition they emphasize and underscore the values of love, mutuality, self-worth, health, responsibility, justice and inclusivity.
Other links that may be helpful:
Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Their Parents' Sex Ed Center provides helpful information.
The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health through an interrelated program of social science research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, promote sound policy and program development and, ultimately, inform individual decision making.
What we say and how we say it—and what we don’t say—all send messages about sexuality. Families Are Talking advocates honest communication between parents and children—throughout childhood, the pre-teen years, adolescence, and young adulthood—to help lay the foundation as young people mature into sexually healthy adults.