Written by Ann Hanson
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory... —John 1:14
In adopting, developing and maintaining the doctrine of incarnation, the church has affirmed the reality of the Word made flesh. Our spiritual lives are divinely linked with our physical lives—the two need not be separated. One of the implications of the incarnation is God's affirmation of the goodness of human life as God created it to be, including both our sexuality and our spirituality.
Sexuality is a gift from God; however it is also capable of misuse, injustice, exploitation, abuse and suffering. Our sexual socialization has many times been surrounded by misinformation, fear, and guilt. Now, more than ever before, there is a need to provide sexuality education to our children, youth and adults, in ways that will be life affirming, and perhaps life saving.
The United Church of Christ has encouraged churches to study human sexuality and has published life-spanning comprehensive resources for use not only in the faith community, but also in secular settings. These resources are age-appropriate, accurate and truthful, and 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.