Open only to ages 16-20. Participants will examine society's and their own values and perspectives around sexuality. As a group, we will discern testimonies around sex and sexuality and learn strategies to both advocate for healthy sexuality and reduce the use of sexuality as a weapon used to oppress people. Participants will go home prepared to create social change.
Through a variety of experiential activities, guided discussions, and didactic teaching, participants will learn about sexual development, sexual health, sexuality and society, and explore Quaker perspectives on sex. Each day we will consider a query in worship sharing that will inform the discussion and activities that will follow.
• Develop understanding of sexual development across the gender/sexuality spectrum
and life course
• Increase understanding of gender and its relation to and distinctiveness from
- Explore the social context of the US in relation to sexuality, particularly young people's sexuality
- Learn about physical and emotional aspects of sexual behavior
• Increase participants' knowledge of STI prevention, pregnancy prevention, and communication around sex
• Create among participants the ability to engage others and adults around issues of
• Discern personal testimonies toward sexuality
- Develop strategies to engage meetings, communities, and schools in reframing sexuality
I have conducted this workshop three times, twice with Seth Barch, in 2005, 2007 and 2009. I have found the 11th, 12th and first and second years in college to be a really good mixed group and enjoy getting those age groups together. I also train students at the University of Texas to be peer sex educators, and lead interactive programs on campus all year.