"To offer sexuality education in a congregation is to acknowledge that human sexuality is simply too important too beautiful and too potentially dangerous to be ignored in a religious community." - Rev. Lena Breen, Mt. Vernon, WA
We live in a culture that is deeply conflicted about sexuality.
Our religious heritage compels and guides us in creating a safe environment where people can come to understand and respond to the challenges facing them as sexual beings. As faith communities, we promote justice for all people and we affirm the dignity of every individual, the importance of personal responsibility, and the essential interdependence of all peoples.
The United Church of Christ holds that sexuality is a God-given gift, and offers the following resources:
- Our Whole Lives: Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula for seven age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adult and older adult. The programs provide an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to learn about sexuality in the affirming and supportive setting of our faith communities. Learn more.
- Sexuality and Our Faith: : Sexuality and Our Faith is a set of companion manuals, one for each of the seven levels of Our Whole Lives. Each manual has specific faith-based information for each Our Whole Lives workshop to offer theological and biblical support for what is being taught. Learn more.