There is a fear of talking about "sex" in the church. It is even more heightened when talking about gender.
No matter where your family is on you faith journey with trying to understand God's love in relationship to these topics, there are resources to guides you at every age and stage.
For Adult Family Members
Diligent Joy: Amy Johnson provides resources and coaching for those parents and leaders who struggle with having difficult conversations with their children and youth.
The New Speaking of Sex: What Your Children Need to Know and When They Need to Know It by Meg Hickling
Planned Parenthood Tools for Parents: "Talk to your teens. We know it can be difficult, and we're here to help. But there's no better resource than a supportive parent. You've been through it. Now you can make it easier for them."
For Children and Youth - Curricula
It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris
Religious Institute: Supports lifelong, age-appropriate sexuality education in schools, seminaries, and community settings.
Our Whole Lives (OWL): "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 adults (ages 18-35), and adults. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality."
Planned Parenthood Tools for Educators: "Sex education can be a challenging subject for students and teachers alike. Our tools and resources help you give your students the tools they need to make smart, healthy decisions."
Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools An informative guide for anyone working with transgender students. Includes definitions of terms and best practices.
"We are members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), called to join in God’s work of transforming the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) into a just and inclusive church that welcomes persons of all gender expressions and sexual identities into the full life and leadership of the church."
How Homophobia Hurts Children: Nurturing Diversity at Home, at School, and in the Community by Jean M. Baker, PhD
On Being a Gay Parent: Making a Future Together by Brett Webb-Mitchell
Faith Institute for Welcoming Resources: Resources for LGBT families from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens (Queerfully and Wonderfully Made Guides)
Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth partners with youth leaders, adult allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information; accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth.
FLASH is a widely used comprehensive sexual health education curriculum developed by Public Health Seattle–King County and designed to prevent teen pregnancy, STDs, and sexual violence. FLASH is available for elementary, middle, high school and special education classrooms.
Rights. Respect. Responsibility.
Rights, Respect, Responsibility is a curriculum that is fully meets the National Sexuality Education Standards.
NPR Story: "When His Son Came Out As Gay. . ." August 28,2016
The Mennonite, An Open Letter to My Beloved Church by Chester Wenger
My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family by Zach Wahls
Love Makes a Family by Peggy Gillespie
Mommy, Mama, and Me and Daddy, Papa and Me by Leslea Newman (children's books for kids 3-7 years)
This page was last updated by OU 8/21