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Slide1

Our Whole Lives

Faith-based, Life Span, Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer

United Church of Christ, USASlide2

Getting Started

We all come with our own history.

We assume diversity amongst us

…in our sexual experiences

…in our spiritual history

…in our sexual orientation and gender expression.

We are

each unique, whole. Slide3

Creating Safe Space

We will respect each otherlisten carefully to what others say

speak for ourselves

honor confidentialitySlide4

Our Whole Lives

No matter who we are, we seek to experience and express our gender and sexuality in ways that are

healthful,

pleasurable and

loving.Slide5

Sexuality Education?

Voting with your body.

Be

honest…without a speck of shame…on continuum from “

We Don’t Really Talk About It”

to “

Fantastic! …

sexuality education

programs running from birth to 100—and more!”

Process. Look around. Shares re:

Why standing where are? How feel to stand where you are? Where you HOPE to be? Slide6

What is Comprehensive Sexuality Education?

Comprehensive sexuality education encompasses not only

the human reproductive system, but

also gender identity,

sexual orientation, body

image, friendship, and emotional

development

.

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/Slide7

All persons are

sexualSexuality is a good part of the human experience

Sexuality includes much more than sexual

behavior

Human beings are sexual from the time they

are born until they

die

It is natural to express sexual feelings in a

variety of ways

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/

Our Whole Lives AssumptionsSlide8

The Circles of Sexuality

…help

us understand

to human

sexuality in a broad sense

. This

model contains 5 interconnecting circles, each of which represent a component of sexuality:

Sensuality

Intimacy

Sexual Identity

Sexual Health and Reproduction

SexualizationSlide9

Sensuality

Awareness, acceptance of,

And comfort with one’s own body;

Physiological and psychological

Enjoyment of one’s own body and the

Body of others.

Body image, Skin Hunger, Fantasy,

Human Response cycleSlide10

Intimacy

Ability and need to experience

emotional closeness to another

human and have it returned.

Caring, Sharing, Loving/liking, Risk-taking, Vulnerability, Self-disclosure, TrustSlide11

Sexual Identity

A sense of who one is sexually

Including a sense of maleness, femaleness

Or “humanness”

Gender Identity, Gender role,

Sexual Orientation

Biological SexSlide12

Sexual Health and Reproduction

Attitudes, knowledge and behaviors related to producing children,

care and maintenance of sex and reproductive organs,

and health consequences of sexual behavior.

Facts& Information Feelings & Attitudes,

Anatomy and Physiology,

Reproductive systems, IntercourseSlide13

Sexualization

The use of sexuality to

Manipulate, control others or exert

power

.

Rape, Incest, Harassment, Flirting, Seduction, Withholding sexSlide14

Sexual Identity

A sense of who one is sexually

Including a sense of maleness

or femaleness or humanness.

Gender Identity, Gender role,

Sexual Orientation

Biological Sex

Sexual Health and Reproduction

Attitudes and behaviors related to producing children.

care and maintenance of sex and reproductive organs,

and health consequences of sexual behavior.

Facts& Information Feelings & Attitudes,

Anatomy and Physiology,

Reproductive systems, Intercourse

Sexualization

The use of sexuality to

manipulate or control others.

Rape, Incest, Harassment, Flirting/seduction,

Withholding sex

Sensuality

Awareness, acceptance of,

And comfort with one’s own body;

Physiological and psychological

Enjoyment of one’s own body and the

Body of others.

Body image,

Skin Hunger, Fantasy,

Human Response Cycle

Intimacy

Ability and need to experience

emotional closeness to another

human and have it returned.

Caring, Sharing, Loving/liking,

Risk-taking, Vulnerability,

Self-disclosure, TrustSlide15

Our Whole Lives Values

Self WorthResponsibilityJustice and InclusivitySexual HealthSlide16

Self Worth

Every person is entitled to dignity and self-worth, and to his or her own attitudes and beliefs about sexuality

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/Slide17

Sexual Health

Knowledge about human sexuality is helpful, not harmfulEvery individual has the right to accurate information about sexuality and to have her or his questions answered.

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/Slide18

Sexual Health

Healthy sexual relationships are:

Consensual (both people consent)

Non-exploitative (equal in terms of power, neither person is pressuring or forcing the other into activities or behaviors)

Mutually pleasurable (both receive pleasure

)

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/Slide19

Sexual Health

Healthy sexual relationships are:

Safe (no or low risk of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and emotional pain)

Developmentally appropriate (appropriate to the

age

and maturity of persons involved)

Based on mutual expectations and caring

Respectful (including the values of honesty and

keeping

commitments made to others).

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/Slide20

Responsibility

We are called to enrich our lives by expressing sexuality in ways that enhance human wholeness and fulfillment and express love, commitment, delight and pleasure

All persons have the right and obligation to make responsible sexual choices

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/Slide21

Justice and Inclusivity

Avoid double standards. Women and men of all ages, people of different races, backgrounds, income levels, physical and mental abilities, and sexual orientations must have equal value and rights

Sexual relationships should never be coercive or

exploitative

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/Slide22

Justice and Inclusivity

Being romantically and sexually attracted to

both genders (bisexual),

the same gender (homosexual) or

the other gender (heterosexual)

are all natural in the range of human sexual experience

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/Slide23

God - Spirit

A

Divine Blessing-

For expressing love, generating life, mutual companionship

and pleasure

.

To

be celebrated with joy, holiness and integrity, but

also understanding, respect, and self-discipline.

Adapted from An Open Letter to Religious Leaders about Sex Education.

Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and HealingSlide24

Sexuality and Spirituality

“are inseparable elements of full personhood…

The movement toward a more healed, holistic spirituality and the movement to a more healed, holistic sexuality cannot be separated. It is not just that they ought not to be separated; quite literally they cannot be.”

-Rev. James B. Nelson

Between Two GardensSlide25

Sexuality and Our Faith

Includes supplemental material for each session.It adds an Opening Ritual for each session, using chalice and/or candle lighting, additional questions for discussion, references to UUA and UCC religious values and sexuality.

Includes a Closing Ritual for each session.

Leader’s Guides for

Sexuality and Our Faith

and

Our Whole Lives

can be incorporated into one binder.

Slide26

What is

“Our Whole Lives?”

Series of comprehensive sexuality education resources for grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9,

10-12, Young Adult & Adult

Written by professional sexuality educators for use in churches, school, and community

settings

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/Slide27

What is

“Our Whole Lives?”

Resources are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education

produced by the National Guidelines Task Force

Sexuality and Our Faith provides materials for incorporating faith-based teaching into each session

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/Slide28

Goals of Our Whole Lives

Equips

participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas:

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/

human development

relationships

personal

skills

sexual behavior

sexual health

society

and culture. Slide29

Goals of Our Whole Lives

Helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, health and behavior in the context of their faith.

Helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills and understand the social, emotional and spiritual aspects of sexuality.

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/Slide30

Experiential Learning

---fun, engaging, relevant (not boring!) activities are safe and a safe environment to practice before the stakes are higher.

Activity

What happened?

So what?

Now what?

Adapted from http://www.ucc.org/justice/owl/Slide31

Each level of

OWL

Offers...

Up-to-date

information

Honest, age-appropriate answers to all participants' questions

Activities to help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skillsSlide32

Each level of

OWL

Offers...

Effective group-building to create a safe and supportive peer group

Education about sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment

Opportunities to critique media messages about gender and sexualitySlide33

Each level of OWL offers:

Acceptance of diversityEncouragement to act for justice

A well-designed, teacher-friendly leaders' guide

Parent orientation programs that affirm parents as the primary sexuality educators of their childrenSlide34

Each level of OWL offers:

Sexuality and Our Faith, an optional religious component for Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ settings

Other faith settings may develop their own materials to accompany the sexuality education curriculum Slide35

Our Whole Lives Proclaims!

GOD gave me sexuality!God

GAVE

me sexuality!

God gave

ME

sexuality!

God gave me

SEXUALITY!

Amen

, Amen

!Slide36

Thank You!

Questions, Thoughts

, Comments

?

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Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer

Executive

Director

United Church of Christ HIV & AIDS Network

Phone

: 216-736-3217

Email

: schuenem@ucc.org