Annotated Bibliography of Sexuality Education Curricula

Many sexuality education curricula are available for use in faith communities with congregants of all ages from pre-school through adulthood. While a diversity of approaches and educational styles are used and the programs support the values of the particular faith community, each of the curricula listed below supports sexuality as a special gift to be nurtured through faith-filled practice, teaching, and dialogue. We encourage readers to carefully review curricula to assure that they are appropriate for a specific faith community; however, readers may find useful lessons and approaches in curricula from denominations besides their own.

This annotated bibliography was prepared by Dr. Kate Ott, and updates previous bibliographies published in the Religious Institute study guides A Time to Speak and A Time to Build. Contact us at info@religiousinstitute.org if links are no longer active or to suggest curricula to be added to this list.

Pre-School Curricula

Elementary School Curricula

Middle School/High School Curricula

Lifespan/Adult Education Curricula

Pre-School

In God’s Image

Janet Neff Brewer

A book for parents and their children ages 2-5. The large-format picture book for toddlers and preschoolers allows parents or caregivers to comfortably teach the facts and values of sexuality education from a faith perspective. Topics include fetal development, boys’ and girls’ bodies differ, how to stay healthy and safe, how to tell bad touching from good touching and what to do about it, and how to deal with emotions like anger, sadness, and fear. A parent’s guide and congregation guide are available separately. (Presbyterian)

1998; Children’s Book $7.48; Guide for Parents $3.48; Guide for Congregations $3.48; Presbyterian Distribution Service, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396; Phone: 800/524-2612; Fax: 502/569-8030; Website: http://www.pcusa.org. These items are out of print with the original publisher, may be available on online with Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Elementary

Benziger Family Life Program, Grades K-8

Third Edition

Curricula including teachers’ and students’ guides for each grade level, kindergarten through eighth grade. There are also an implementation manual and a video for parents. Online program resources include student games, extra activities, official church documents, child development information, and frequently asked questions. Human Reproduction is discussed in the 5th and 6th grade and is primarily focused on providing information. Curriculum recognizes parents as primary teachers. Call for exact prices. (Roman Catholic)

RCL Benziger , 200 East Bethany, Allen, TX 75002; 1-877-ASK-4-RCL, Website: http://www.rclbenziger.com.

Body and Soul Parents’ At-Home Guide: Nurturing Healthy Sexuality at Home

This publication discusses topics in sexuality through worship and interactive Bible study. It is a guide for parents of children ages 2 through 10 and includes a section on practices and habits for promoting healthy sexuality and a list of activities. (Mennonite Church USA)

$8.99; 2010; Faith & Life Resources, 616 Walnut Avenue, Scottdale, PA 15683; Phone 800-245-7894 Fax 724887-3111; http://www.faithandliferesources.org/

Created By God: Tweens, Faith, and Human Sexuality

James H. Ritchie, Jr.

A six-session curriculum for children ages 10-12 emphasizing a healthy biblical and Christian perspective on human sexuality, values, and relationships. Leader’s Guide CD-ROM and DVD available with tools for presenting the program, video sessions, and music. (United Methodist)

2010; CD-ROM leader, $25.99; DVD Assistant,$25.99; Student Book, $7.99; Parent Guide, $4.99; Abingdon Press,  also available via Cokesbury, 201 Eighth Avenue South, P.O. Box 801, Nashville, TN 37202-0801; Phone: 800/672-1789; Fax: 800/445-8189; Website: http://www.cokesbury.com.

Family Sexuality Education: A Course for Parents

Joe H. Leonard

This five-unit program is for parents with children between the ages of three and 12. Topics include: “Exploring and Understanding Our Own Sexuality,” “Sexuality Through Childhood,” “Sexuality in the Home,” “Values,” and “Communication Skills.” (American Baptist Church, U.S.A)

1995; $9; Judson Publishing, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851; Phone: 1-800-458-3766; Fax: 6101768-2107; Website: http://www.judsonpress.com.

Learning About Sex

This series of 11 books is designed to help children develop a godly, biblical understanding of human sexuality, and assist parents, teachers, pastors and doctors in answering children’s questions. It provides up-to-date and medically correct information, with age-appropriate language and illustrations. The latest edition was published in 2015. (The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod).

2015; $12.99-$164.89; Concordia Publishing House, 3558 South Jefferson, St. Louis, MO 63118; Phone: 800-325-3040, 314-268-1000; http://www.cph.org.

Life Values and Intimacy Education: Health Education for the Jewish School

Yocheved Debow

Tzelem, Yeshiva University Center for Jewish Future

A comprehensive curriculum for grades 3-8, this Orthodox sexuality curriculum, originally written for Yeshiva day schools, examines a broad selection of sexuality and relationship topics from a traditional perspective. Talking About Intimacy & Sexuality: A Guide for Orthodox Jewish P arents is also available as a supplement to this 10-20 u nit curriculum.

$29.50; $26.95, respectively Bothcan be ordered at www.ktav.com..

Our Whole Lives (OWL): A Lifespan Sexuality Education Series, Grades K-1, 4-6

Part of a comprehensive lifespan sexuality education series developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries. Material for grades K-1 support parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families. Following a Parent Meeting and Parent/Child Orientation, the eight class sessions engage children with stories, songs, and activities. In grades 4-6, participants address pubertal changes, read It’s Perfectly Normal, and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication and decision making. Both offer a weekly “Home Link”-a homework project for parents and children to do together. (Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ)

Call for prices for each level. Unitarian Universalist Association, UUA Bookstore, UUA Bookstore, 24 Farnsworth St., Boston, MA 02210; Phone: 800/215-9076; Fax: 617/723-4805; Website: www.uuabookstore.org/

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Ages 5-12 (2013)

Kathryn Goering Reid

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A Curriculum for Ages Five Through Twelve Package provides information about sexual abuse and prevention to children (Grades 1-6) in the context of a religious education program. The thirteen sessions in each volume fit into a typical Sunday morning church school program, but can also be used for summer vacation church school, after school programs, camping programs, and a variety of other children’s group events. Kathryn Goering Reid draws on excellent secular materials while using basic biblical resources. Preventing Child Sexual Abuse confronts misinterpretations of biblical passages that have been used to support abusive relationships. Through songs, worksheets and other reproducible items, prevention techniques are taught in an environment of God’s caring and a supportive community. (UCC)

2013, Ages 5-12, $ 25.00; United Church Press, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100; Phone: 800/537-3394; Fax 216/736-3713; Website: http://www.uccresources.com

Middle School/High School

 

And the Two Shall Become One: A Teenage Study-unit on Sex, Sexuality and the Sacrament of Marriage

Orthodox Church in America Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry

Fr. Michael Anderson, Fr. John Matusiak, Linda Kozler, and David Subu

This 7-8 session curriculum begins by identifying misconceptions about sex and sexuality; breaking down stereotypes of men and women; and naming sexuality as a God-given aspect of who we are as human beings.  The series engages teenagers through discussion, case studies, and role play, and encourages teenagers to ask the Church their questions.  Students explore the Orthodox marriage ceremony, discuss a holistic understanding of loving relationships, and commit to their own personal boundaries. (Orthodox Church in America)

No date; No charge; available at http://oca.org/the-hub/two-become-one

Beyond Pink and Blue: Exploring Our Stereotypes of Sexuality and Gender

A Program for Ages 13 to 15

Tracey Robinson-Harris and Savin-Williams, Ritch C.

This 12-session curriculum is designed to increase adolescents’ awareness of their attitudes, behaviors, emotional reactions, and understanding of gender identity, gender roles, and sexual orientation. (Unitarian Universalist Association)

1994; no longer in print.

Body and Soul Youth Study Leader’s Guide: Healthy Sexuality and the People of God

This guide follows biblical texts with a specific focus on topics that are of particular concern to youth, including body image, attractions, and sexual boundaries. Primarily for high school students, the guide can also be adapted to middle school students. Through worship and interactive Bible study, this guide explores topics like Our Bodies, God’s Image; Created for Intimacy; Honoring the Gift of Sex; and Holy Desires. (Mennonite Church USA)

$14.99; 2010; Faith & Life Resources, 616 Walnut Avenue, Scottdale, PA 15683; Phone 800-245-7894 Fax 724887-3111; www.faithandliferesources.org/

 

 

Created by God Student Book: Tweens, Faith, and Human Sexuality

James H. Ritchie

A biblically based reference book for children ages 10 to 13. Children will learn what is happening to them physically, emotionally, and sexually—and that sexual decisions are also spiritual decisions. It discusses the changes that are happening as tweens proceed through adolescence including likeness and differences of males and females and a step by step guide through puberty. DVDs, CDs, and parent guides are available. (Mennonite Church USA; The United Methodist Church)

$7.50; 2010; Abingdon Press, 201 Eight Avenue South, PO Box 801, Nashville, TN 37202; Phone 800-251-3320 Fax 800-836-7802; http://www.abingdonpress.com/

 

Free in Christ to Care for the Neighbor: Lutheran Youth Talk about Human Sexuality

Helen Musik, Dan Jessup, and Crystal Kirgiss

Adapted from the 2006 study “Free in Christ to Serve Your Neighbor,” this is a six-session curriculum designed for use with senior high youth. Session titles include: Created as Sexual Beings, The Voices of Influence, When is Sex OK?, Sex, Power, and Abuse, Selling Sex, and Sex for Money. Sessions use current media such as film clips and popular songs to spark discussion. Each session includes a take-home sheet for use by parents that summarizes what was discussed in class with the youth and gives suggestions for conversation started in the home. (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)

2007; Free; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; available at http://www.elca.org/faithfuljourney/youth/. It is also available for a cost of $5.00 plus shipping; Website: http://www.augsburgfortress.org

 

God’s Gift of Sex

Carol Duerksen

From the Fast Lane Bible Studies series, this five session course is for junior high students. It follows traditional bible study format with additional skits that address respect for sex role differences, consent, dealing with negative sexual experiences, and how present personal identity affects future sexual happiness. (Church of the Brethren and the Mennonite Church)

1998; $9.99; Faith & Life Resource, 616 Walnut Ave/ Scottdale, PA 15683; Phone: 800/245-7894; Fax: 724/887-3111; Website: http://store.mpn.net/.

God’s Gift of Sexuality: A Study for Young People

For 7th to 12th graders with a younger and older youth two stage series. The younger student curriculum establishes fundamentals while the older offers a more in depth, nuanced view of sexuality. The curriculum is geared toward supplying information and is activity centered. A separate parent’s guide ($7.95) and youth guide ($7.95) can be purchased in addition to the leader’s guide ($17.95). In 1999, Presbyterian Church, USA developed Sexual Abstinence and the Abundant Life, a supplement supporting abstinence-only education as a modification to the original curriculum ($5.95). (Presbyterian Church, USA and Reformed Church in America)

These items are out of print with the original publisher, may be available on online with Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Good Sex 2.0 Curriculum Kit: A Whole-Person Approach to Teenage Sexuality & God

Jim Hanckock and Kara Eckmann Powell

A non-denominational Christian based high school sexuality program. In seven sessions, the curriculum covers communication, sexual identity, intimacy, desire, boundaries, and responsibility. The package includes a leader’s guide ($15.29), with assistance in setting up parent meetings and supplemental activities. The program includes a student journal called “What (Almost) Nobody Will Tell You About Sex” ($8.49) and a 13-segment DVD. This curriculum engages popular culture, uses realistic skits, and provides reflection activities. (Non-denominational Christian)

2008; Youth Specialties, 833 Broadway Suite 201, El Cajon, CA 92021; Phone: 800-776-8008; Website: http://www.youthspecialties.com. No longer available on YouthSpecialties, but still available on Amazon.com

Healthy Relationship Programs

Jewish Women International

A series of programs for Jewish children and teenagers to examine and talk openly about the dynamics of their social lives, empower them to build healthy relationships, and prevent dating abuse. Jewish Women International offers a number of age-specific programs to build self-esteem and explore relationships through a Jewish lens: girls and boys; 12-year-old tweens to college seniors; students, campers and youth group members; including, Good Guys, Strong Girls, When Push Comes to Shove, and When the Vow Breaks. The length of programs range from one-and-a-half hours to 12 hours. (Non-denominational Jewish)

2009, $50-$75; Jewish Women International, 2000 M Street, NW, Suite 720, Washington, DC, 20036; Phone: 800-343-2823, Fax: 202-857-1380; Website: http://www.jwi.org/.

 

Journey to Adulthood

LeadeResources

This is an online curriculum for youth from 6th to 12th grade. Youth progress through three levels: Rite 13, Journey to Adulthood (J2A), and Young Adults in Church (YAC). The youth remain with the same group until senior year. The two year curriculum cycle includes Sunday school and retreat material, parent meetings, movie lists, service projects and fundraisers. The program offers a comprehensive approach looking at self-society, spirituality, and sexuality. Specific to sexuality, the Rite 13 material focuses on gender issues and identity formation, while the high school material focuses on relationships and sexual behavior. The senior high material has two sections titled “Meaningful Is Not Good Enough: How to Decide When to Do It” and “Be Yourself and Stay Alive: Feedback on Sexuality.” The material is usually downloaded but can be mailed on CD. (Episcopalian)

Updated yearly; $200 per year for three years (includes resource help); LeadeResources, 38 Mulberry Street Box 302, Leeds, MA 01053-0302; Phone: 800/941-2218; Website: http://www.leaderresources.org.

 

Learning About Sex

This series of 11 books is designed to help children develop a godly, biblical understanding of human sexuality, and assist parents, teachers, pastors and doctors in answering children’s questions. It provides up-to-date and medically correct information, with age-appropriate language and illustrations. In its fifth edition, each level of the series is gender-specific, with separate books for boys and girls (The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod).

2008; $12.99-$142.89; Concordia Publishing House, 3558 South Jefferson, St. Louis, MO 63118; Phone: 800-325-3040, 314-268-1000; http://www.cph.org/.

Let’s Be Real: Honest Discussions about Faith and Sexuality

Duane A. Ewers and M. Stevens Games, Editors

A non-denominational Christian curriculum designed for adolescents in middle school and high school. It consists of six sessions: anatomy, decision-making, relationships, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as media and culture. A parent resource, “Let’s Listen Series” is included. The curriculum is divided by ages for audiences from 6th through 12th grade with a learning sequence chart that helps leaders understand developmental needs. There are two other supplementary offerings. Other resources in this series include: Let’s Listen, a resource for parents designed to help them communicate with 7th-12th graders ($7.00) and Let’s Decide, a six-session curriculum which highlights youth who have made decisions about sexuality. Session titles include: getting started, media and culture, anatomy, decision making, relaitionships, contraception and STI. It also contains a commitment service ($5.00). (Non-denominational Christian)

1998; $15.00; Abingdon Press, 201 Eighth Avenue South, P.O. Box 801, Nashville, TN 37202-0801; Phone: 800/251-3320; Fax: 800/836-7802; Website: http://www.abingdonpress.com. Some of these items are out of print with the original publisher, may be available on online with Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Living and Becoming (Curriculum Packs for Girls and Boys) Jen and Ken Rawson

Two separate eight-week curricula for middle school girls and boys. Designed to be used separately, the sessions address gender specific issues. Topics include masculinity, faith-based identity development, relationship-building, and spiritual growth. (Non-Denominational Christian)

2002; $13.00 each ($26.00); Youth Specialties, 833 Broadway Suite 201, El Cajon, CA 92021; Phone: 800-776-8008; Website: http://www.youthspecialties.com.

Love – All That and More

A program for high school and college youth, it includes a six-session curriculum and three videos, as well as separate facilitators’ guides for Jewish and Christian youth. The material focuses on developing healthy relationships that value mutual equality and respect as well as help teens recognize abusive relationships. (Multifaith)

2000; $285; Faith Trust Institute, 2400 N. 45th Street, Suite 10, Seattle, Washington, 98103; Phone: 206/634-1903 or 877/860-2255, Website: http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org.

Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Building Healthy Relationships for Jewish Youth

Shalom Bayit

Developed for Jewish youth by Jewish youth, Love Shouldn’t Hurt is a new dating violence prevention curriculum addressing the age span from middle school through college. Includes Parent Workshop Power Point Presentation CD ROM. (Non-denominational Jewish).

Sliding donation $250-$100; Shalom Bayit: Ending Domestic Violence in Jewish Homes, P.O. Box 10103, Oakland, CA 94610, 510-541-8874 phone; Website: http://www.love-shouldnt-hurt.org

 

Our Whole Lives (OWL): A Lifespan Sexuality Education Series, Grades 7-9, 10-12

Part of the comprehensive lifespan sexuality education series developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries. The junior high and high school curricula include lessons on positive and negative limit setting, development of moral decision-making, and address disability and sexual identity differences. Further information about the program, planning guides, and advocacy initiatives can be found at the web site of the Unitarian Universalist Association. (Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ)

Call for prices for each level. Unitarian Universalist Association, UUA Bookstore, UUA Bookstore, 24 Farnsworth St., Boston, MA 02210; Phone: 800/215-9076; Fax: 617/723-4805; Website: http://www.uuabookstore.org/

Purity, Virginity, Chastity Educational Packet (PVC)

North American Council (NAC) of Teen Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations (SOYO)

This resource is a compilation of texts, summary beliefs, questions for conversation about prayers and Scripture that relate to sexuality, moral decision-making scenarios with accompanying discussion questions, and Biblical verses that address the Orthodox Church’s beliefs, attitudes, and positions about sexuality.  PVC encourages teens to dialogue about how the Church’s teachings relate to their lives. Topics include the mystery of marriage, birth control, holiness and purity, abortion, homosexuality, co-habitation, and the difference between lust and love (Antiochian Christian Archdiocese of North America).

2010; No charge; PDF available at www.antiochian.org/PVC

 

Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing and Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood

Moving Traditions

Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing uses Jewish teachings and practices — in a five-year cycle of curricular materials — to give girls a place to feel safe, articulate their deepest concerns, consider the impact of gender on their daily lives, have fun, and be ‘real’ with their peers. Teen boys who participate in Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood explore what masculinity and being Jewish means to them along with deep discussions of what Judaism has to say about the ethical challenges of their every day lives. (Non-Denominational Jewish)

2002, 2011; Moving Traditions,261 Old York Rd, Suite 734, Jenkintown PA 19046; Phone: 215-887-4511; Fax: 215-887-4510; Website: www.movingtraditions.org

Sacred Choices: Adolescent Relationships and Sexual Ethics (Middle School and High School Modules)

Rabbi Laura Novak Winer

The modules include a facilitator’s guide, 5 student sessions, and 3 sessions for parents. Sessions cover topics such as sexual development, peer pressure, and assertiveness. The curriculum also addresses tough topics such as being “friends with benefits” and “hooking-up”. The curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to use with congregations of varying sizes. (Union for Reform Judaism)

2007; $49.95; available from URJ BOOKS & MUSIC 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 212.650.4120; Website: http://www.urjbooksandmusic.com.

 

Sex and the Teenager: Choices and Decisions

Kieran Sawyer, S.S.N.D.

The twelve session curriculum can be used in high school religious education settings. “The program deals with a variety of topics including: what to do on a date; how to tell the difference between love, infatuation, and exploitation; premarital sex; contraception; abortion; adoption and teen parenting; homosexuality; and setting personal moral limits and holding to them.” There are suggestions for use on a retreat including games and music selections. (Catholic)

1999; $9.95 Participant Book, $24.95 Leader’s Guide; Ave Maria Press, P.O. Box 428, Notre Dame, IN 46556; Phone: 800-282-1865; Fax 800-282-5681; Web site: http://avemariapress.com.

Sexual Abuse Prevention: A Course of Study for Teenagers

Revised and Updated

Rebecca Voelkel-Haugen and Marie M. Fortune

Sexual Abuse Prevention: A Course of Study for Teenagers explores the issues of violence and sexuality faced by today’s teenagers and the role the church should play in response to sexual abuse. This revised and updated edition addresses the experiences of date rape, stranger rape, and incestuous abuse. Rebecca Voelkel-Haugen & Marie M. Fortune also look at the cultural context in which these experiences occur – with a special emphasis on the media, especially music video television. This curriculum includes six, one to one and one-half hour sessions, each carefully designed to facilitate an honest, respectful, Christian response to the sexual abuse of young people. (UCC)

2013; $9.00; The Pilgrim Press, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100; Phone: 800/537-3394; Fax 216/736-3713; Website: http://www.unitedchurchpress.org or http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org.

 

Some Body!

Steve Ropp

From the Fast Lane Bible Studies series for middle school students, this five-session study helps youth better understand, celebrate and care for their bodies. The units deal with issues of self-esteem, sexuality, physical fitness, and the pressures of alcohol, drugs, and an unhealthy diet from a Biblical perspective. (Church of the Brethren and the Mennonite Church)

1998; $9.99; Faith & Life Resources, 616 Walnut Ave, Scottsdale, PA 15683; Phone: 800/245-7894; Fax: 724/887-3111; Website: http://www.mpn.net.

Stuck in a Rut Visual Curriculum: Power, Sex, Food, and Other Little Addictions

Rick Bundschuh

This curriculum explores why students are turning to the false gods of addiction. It features five segments that take a biblical perspective of teens’ common struggles with a variety of addictions. Comedies, dramas, music videos, documentaries, and mockumentaries help students in large and small groups alike think clearly and deal successfully with pride, food, romance and sex, social life, and dangerous fads. Tthe 80-page leader’s guide is overflowing with tips and guidance lessons in modular construction for your student small groups—plus many other church applications. (Non-denominational Christian)

2004; no longer in print.

To the Point: Confronting Youth Issues/AIDS

Diane L. Hynson, Editor Carmen M. Gaud

This resource offers practical ways to talk to teens and adults about AIDS in a bib¬lical and theological context. It consists of five sessions as well as teacher back¬ground information. A Spanish section is also included. The HIV/AIDS information needs updating. (The United Methodist Church)

1993; no longer in print. But may be available used from Amazon. 

Tough Choices: Bringing Moral Issues Home

Sean Lynch and Brian O’Brien

The curriculum covers eleven specific issues with an appendix addressing another nine issues. The issues range from divorce to drug and alcohol abuse to capital punishment; of particular interest are the sections on abortion, homosexuality, sexuality, child abuse and domestic violence. “Though applicable in several different courses and programs, the basic approach is for a teacher, catechist, or youth minister to assign a moral dilemma to be taken home, read, and discussed using the questions that accompany each.” Then each student returns ready to discuss the dilemmas. Information is provided on the official church statements as well as contemporary religious readings. (Catholic)

2003; $19.95; Ave Maria Press, P.O. Box 428, Notre Dame, IN 46556; Phone: 800-282-1865; Fax 800-282-5681; Web site: http://www.avemariapress.com.

 

Unmasking Sexual Con Games(3rd Edition): Helping teens Avoid Emotional Grooming and Dating Violence

Kathleen M. McGee and Laura J. Buddenberg

Ten lesson plans for a teen relationship curriculum that discusses emotional grooming, sexual harassment, dating violence, and the role of the media, drugs and alcohol as well as how to develop healthy physical, emotional, and sexual boundaries.

2003; Boys Town Press, 14100 Crawford St. Boys Town, NE 68010; Phone: 800-282-6657; Fax: 402-498-1310; Website: www.boystownpress.org

Yad B’Yad: Working Hand in Hand to Create Healthy Relationships

Iriat Elay

This curriculum, designed to be used by communities from all streams of Judaism, consists of five sessions, complete with text studies, interactive activities and discussion questions. Focusing on the tools needed to build healthy relationships and to prevent dating violence, the course explores issues related to self-esteem, gender roles, healthy friendships and dating relationships, as well as offering strategies for helping those who are involved in abusive relationships. Designed for Jewish youth in the 6th-8th grades, this curriculum consists of 5 sessions. (Non-denominational Jewish)

2005; $24.50. FaithTrust Institute, 2400 N. 45th Street #10, Seattle, WA 98103, 206-634-1903 phone, 206-634-0115 fax; Website: http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org

Lifespan/Adult Education

Affirming Persons-Saving Lives: AIDS Awareness and Prevention Education, 2nd Ed.

William R. Johnson and Cynthia A. Bouman

This curriculum integrates Christian val¬ues, Bible study, and theological reflec¬tion and prayer into a comprehensive HIV-prevention program reflecting the history of HIV/AIDS and the latest scientific research. It includes eight learning series for each of the following age groups: Preschool/ Kindergarten (four sessions), Grades 1-2 (four sessions), Grades 3-4 (four ses¬sions), Grades 5-6 (six sessions), Youth (11 core sessions and one optional ses¬sion), Adults (seven sessions), Parents (three sessions), and Intergenerational (seven sessions). Also included are a teacher’s booklet, handouts, teacher’s support resources, and two videos. (United Church of Christ)

2011; free download; UCC Wider Church Ministries, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115; Phone: 216-736-3217; Website: http://www.ucc.org/health/hivaids/apsl/.

Body and Soul: Health Sexuality and the People of God Series

This series of study guides are each split into four sections that offer opportunities to explore Biblical texts through group reflection and discussion. Through worship and interactive Bible study, church members explore the topics Our Bodies, God’s Image; Created for Intimacy; Honoring the Gift of Sex; and Holy Desires. The series includes an Adult Study Leader’s Guide, Coordinator’s Guide, Parents’ At-Home Guide, Worship Leader’s Guide, and Youth Study Leader’s Guide. (Mennonite Church USA)

$49.99 for Boxed Set); 2010; MennoMedia, website: store.mennomedia.org /

 

Closer Than A Brother (A Study Series for Men)

A men’s study series aimed at men ages 40-60. The series includes 5 books which are designed to help men’s groups discuss topics such as sex, family, work, gender roles, and power. One book in the series, Sex and Faith: Celebrating God’s Gifts by David Boshart, is designed to help men talk about their questions regarding appropriateness of sexual thoughts and behaviors as well as how men can honor God through their own sexuality (Mennonite).

Mennonite Publishing Network, 616 Walnut Avenue, Scottsdale, PA, 15683; 1-800-245-7894; info@mph.org; Website: http://www.faithandliferesources.org/.

Created in God’s Image: A Human Sexuality Program for Ministry and Mission

Overview: Faith A. Johnson and Gordon J. Svoboda, II

Leader’s Manual: Eleanor S. Morrison and Melanie Morrison, $12.00

Participant’s Book: Melanie Morrison and Eleanor S. Morrison, $12.00 A Manual for Ministry in the Congregation: Mary Ellen Haines and Bill Stackhouse This program is written for college age and adults. (UCC)

1993; Available with training; contact Ann Hanson for more information 216/736-3282; Division of the American Missionary Association, United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1110; http://www.ucc.org.

Creating Compassion: Activities for Understanding HIV/AIDS

Phyllis Vos Wezeman

This activity book is designed for chil¬dren and adults. It utilizes nine themes: ¬world, nation, state, community, neighbor¬hood, school, congregation, family and self-and employs art forms as teaching methods. Each theme consists of 13 activities that are appropriate for different age groups. (United Church of Christ)

1994; no longer in print, but may be available from Amazon.

Free in Christ to Serve the Neighbor: Lutherans Talk about Human Sexuality

This is the third study offered by the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality under the general theme, “Journey Together Faithfully.” The eight study sessions include titles such as: Created as Sexual Beings; Sexuality, Culture, and Freedom; Sexuality and Social Institutions; Sex, Power, and Abuse; Sexuality, Money, and the Bottom Line; and Sexuality and Economic Justice. Sessions use hymns, prayers, and Biblical verse spark discussion. (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)

2006; Free; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; available at http://www.elca.org/faithfuljourney/. It is also available for a cost of $5.00 plus shipping; Website: http://www.augsburgfortress.org

Kulanu: All of Us

A Program & Resource Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Inclusion

Richard F Address, Joel L. Kushner, and Geoffrey Mitelman

This manual offers practical suggestions and curriculum content to encourage gay and lesbian inclusion in the Jewish commu¬nity. Chapters include: “History and Texts,” “Steps to Inclusion,” “Life-Cycles,” “Leadership Training and Education,” “(Re)Defining Family and Temple Membership,” and “Employment Practices.” (Union for Reform Judaism)

1996; $19.95; URJ Press, 633 Third Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017; Phone: 212-650-4120; Fax: 212-650-4119; Website: http://urjbooksandmusic.com

The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy

Jennie Rosenfled, David Ribener

This book, written from an Orthodox perspective, seeks to provide newly married couples with sexuality information that would be useful to share physical intimacy with each other. It can be ordered at www.amazon.com.

Our Whole Lives (OWL): A Lifespan Sexuality Education Series

OWL is a comprehensive lifespan sexuality education series developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries. The series includes OWL Grades K-1, OWL Grades 4-6, OWL Grades 7 – 9, OWL Grades 10 -12, OWL Young Adults Ages 18-35, OWL Adults, A Parent Guide, An Advocacy Manual, and accompanying guides on OWL and faith for each grade level. The adult program can be used with adults of all ages or could be adapted for a college audience. Information about the program can be found at the web site of the Unitarian Universalist Association. (Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ)

Call for prices for each level. Unitarian Universalist Association, UUA Bookstore, UUA Bookstore, 24 Farnsworth St., Boston, MA 02210; Phone: 800/215-9076; Fax: 617/723-4805; Website: http://www.uuabookstore.org/

SINAI Schools’ Jewish SELF (Sex Education) Curriculum

A five unit curriculum for adolescents and adults with learning disabilities that was developed according to Orthodox standards, this curriculum aims to prevent sexual abuse through sex education. It can be ordered at www.sinaischools.org.

 

The Welcoming Congregation: Resources for Affirming Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Persons, 2nd Ed.

The Rev. Scott vv. Alexander, Editor

This manual consists of 10 two-hour workshops and 15 workshop readings for participants. They are sequenced to promote consciousness-raising and critical thinking about attitudes toward gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons. It is designed for any faith tradition that is interested in becoming more welcoming of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons.

1999, $30, Unitarian Universalist Association, UUA Bookstore, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108; Phone: 800-215-9076; Fax: 617-723-4805; Website: http://www.uuabookstore.org.

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