Talking Points for Clergy – Sexuality Education

Faith communities are in a unique position to talk about sexuality to young people, adults, policy makers, and communities.

  • Faith leaders play an important role in shaping the ethical norms of their communities.
  • Religious communities provide unique perspectives on the spiritual dimensions of sexuality and the importance of healthy sexuality as an aspect of human life.
  • Faith leaders are important messengers and mentors for young people.
  • Religious communities are in a distinct position because they are second only to public schools in the number of young people they reach.

Young people need good sexuality education, and they need faith leaders to be their advocates.

  • Youth want and need to hear more from their faith communities about sexuality.
  • The sexuality education available in many public schools is not adequate.
  • Young people need and deserve accurate information on the entire range of sexuality topics and issues.
  • Without access to vital information from trusted adults, young people turn to less-reliable sources that put them at risk of disease and unintended pregnancy.
  • Young people of faith will make sexual decisions in a religious framework if supported by caring adults.
  • Comprehensive sexuality education prepares young people for healthy relationships, dating, marriage, and parenting.

There is a historical, moral, and Scriptural call for religious leaders to speak out on these issues.

  • Religious values call us to truth-telling.
  • Scripture calls us to care for those in need and to serve others.
  • Many public conversations on sexuality education have not included a progressive religious voice advocating for comprehensive sexuality education.
  • There is a more than 40-year history of religious support for sexuality education.
  • Our denominations’ policies on sexuality education provide a foundation for active advocacy on this issue.

 

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