The Power of Community
Members of the clergy and interfaith leaders have a unique role in supporting comprehensive sex education in their communities. The influence and authority you have allow you to speak from a theological foundation of respect for human dignity and wholeness – two qualities needed to have honest conversations about sex.
The foundation of comprehensive sex education is understanding one’s changing body and having respect for it. As ministers, you help to guide young people to positive examples of healthy, fruitful relationships. You are a vital community teacher of comprehensive sex education.
Many religious traditions believe sexuality is a gift and, as such, seek to provide the moral and ethical frameworks for responsible sexual relationships that lead to the flourishing of every human being. We’re calling on all interfaith leaders to geaux talk to their congregations about healthy sexual relationships.
Faith, Values, and CSE
Young people seek moral guidance that is relevant to their lives. Acting as models, mentors, and advocates, religious leaders can partner with Geaux Talk to provide youth reliable information and caring guidance about sexuality that enable them to engage in emotionally and physically healthy relationships.
Openly discussing the realities of sex and supporting comprehensive sex education in schools provides extra support for parents and caregivers. With the support of Louisiana clergy and church communities, we can all work together to create a healthier state.
Realities of the World
- 90% of parents and caregivers across Louisiana agree that today’s youth should be educated in schools to make informed decisions on issues like abstinence and birth control.
- 74% of parents and caregivers hope that their children will wait to have sex until marriage, but believe that if they don’t wait they should know how to prevent pregnancy and STDs.
We are all in this together
Parents and caregivers across the state, REGARDLESS of religious and political beliefs, recognize the value of sex education to address the challenges faced by young people. These are your congregants. Your flock. Your parishioners.
As religious leaders, here are some specific things you can do to help:
- Encourage discussions about healthy relationships in your congregations
- Incorporate Louisiana sexual health statistics in your sermons
- Facilitate community discussions between parents and caregivers of teens
- Contact your local policy makers to encourage support of comprehensive sex education in schools
- Contact Geaux Talk to receive additional resources that will help you raise more awareness on this important component of your congregation’s lives