Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Healthy Sexuality as Quaker Testimony

Summary
Workshop Number: 
40
Leaders: 
Guli Fager
Who may register?: 
High School and AYF Only
Worship/Worship-Sharing: 
15%
Lecture: 
15%
Discussion: 
40%
Experiential Activities: 
30%
full-time attenders only

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.

Workshop Description

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.

Objectives

• Develop understanding of sexual development across the gender/sexuality spectrum

and life course

• Increase understanding of gender and its relation to and distinctiveness from

sexuality

  • 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

teenage sexuality

• Discern personal testimonies toward sexuality

  • Develop strategies to engage meetings, communities, and schools in reframing sexuality

 

Leader Experience

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.