Sex is generally of cardinal importance in religions. Religions have created moral codes, including directing who mates with whom, differentiating reproduction and sex, defining the purpose of sex, etc. We are sometimes told: Within marriage; sex is a divine gift, establishes deeper emotional bonds and thus points to oneness with God. Sex is a spiritual reality designed by God. Some viewpoints suggest that sex is somehow of lower value than God and has to be given up to achieve union with God.
Sex + Faith
Sexuality and Our Faith - United Church of Christ
Content beyond this site might not be appropriate for young adolescents. Please give us your email address before you download. People often use their religious beliefs, family traditions or cultural beliefs to help them make important decisions, including decisions about relationships and sex. For some people, their religious faith—such as Islam, Christianity, Hinduism or Buddhism—informs what they believe and value. Some people may have cultural beliefs or family traditions that are informed by their faith and help them make decisions. Other people may not have specific religious beliefs. Not everyone believes the same thing.
Faith Forum: Is sex a gift from God?
Talking with your child about sex can be scary! Section one explains how faith relates to sexuality and the essential role parents play in forming healthy, faithful, sexually educated children. The second section designates a chapter for four age groupings of children from infancy through high school. Each chapter explains the biological and developmental issues of children at that age, answers questions children tend to have, provides relevant Biblical and faith stories helpful to discuss with children of that age, and lists five to ten key educational issues for parents to keep in mind.
Listen to the interview mp3. This interview is the second in a series profiling the leaders of the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute launched in March, which seeks to highlight and strengthen the important work of faith-based leaders working for reproductive justice. You can see more on this project here. Through her work with local schools, community groups, and faith communities, Lyndsey has educated thousands of teens and adults on a variety of sexuality topics, including parent trainings and teen retreats. She has continued to work with the Carpenter Program in Gender, Religion and Sexuality at Vanderbilt and recently helped design and organize focus groups with local religious leaders on issues of sexuality.