Which subject does the church avoid most?
Especially with teenagers.
Especially with parents of teenagers.
Yet, no one is more interested in this subject than these two groups of people. People of faith want guidance about sex, and they often look to church leaders to guide them.
Yet, the church too often stays silent on the issue.
The Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing offers helpful guidance for church leaders to bring up the topic of sex and to do so in a faith-based way. The institute offers a free, four-page document titled An Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Adolescent Sexuality at http://www.religiousinstitute.org/open-letter-to-religious-leaders-on-adolescent-sexuality/.
Too often, we fear talking about this subject because we don’t want to give young people “ideas.” Yet, young people already are thinking about sex, and some are even acting on their sexual feelings. This four-page document suggests the role of faith communities in helping young people make sense of their sexual identity from a Christian context.
When I talk to youth ministers, the brave ones who offer youth group meetings on sex say that these sessions are the most attended and generate the most questions. A number of churches are now offering meetings to parents of teenagers as well, not only to answer their questions but to support them as they deal with their feelings about their teenager’s maturing sexuality.
If you’re uncomfortable with the topic of sex, you’re not alone. See what the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing has to offer you in terms of support and resources. Visit them at http://www.religiousinstitute.org/. Your teens and their parents will appreciate your willingness to talk about this important issue.
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