On March 9-11, 2018, Kate Ott will present workshops on sexuality and faith values for members of all ages. Dr. Kate Ott is Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Drew University, Theological School. As an author, she blogs, designs curriculum for churches, and writes academic publications including articles, book chapters, and books. Her most recent book is Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence. Kate has two children and travels often, speaking to youth across the country. Kate’s workshops will provide a supportive environment with age-appropriate information so that everyone will have an opportunity to identify the ways that our faith shapes our values and consider how to embody those values.
For detailed information about the workshops, please see the schedule below. To hear Kate talk about each workshop, check out this video: https://youtu.be/FdOsZU6uDZ4. There is no charge to attend any of the Sex + Faith workshops. Youth workshops include food, so for planning purposes, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 9, 7-9PM Workshop for Young Adults
This discussion-based workshop is especially for young adults in their 20’s-30’s. The two primary discussion points will be (1) the change in “dating” expectations and partnering patterns for youth adults which disrupts traditional sexual ethics based on behaviors and relationship norms and (2) how to construct a new sexual ethics from a values-based approach.
Saturday, March 10, 1-3PM Workshop for 4th and 5th Graders
This workshop will focus on our changing roles, responsibilities, and relationships that happen during adolescence. We will talk about care for our changing bodies and body image; gender equity, healthy friendships and relationship equality; as well as basics of attraction and dating in a faith framework.
Saturday, March 10, 5-8PM Workshop for Middle School Students
This workshop will be based on an interactive format (game playing, small groups, Q&A). We will discuss the difference between sexuality and “sex”, what our Christian faith says about building healthy relationships, and how to communicate what we want/need to achieve a healthy relationship based on our values including (or especially) with regard to use of social media.
Sunday, March 11, 10-11AM Workshop for Parents
This parent workshop will include information on children’s and teens sexual development and faith development, ways social media have changed the landscape of communication and relationships, skill-building on how to share our values related to sexuality (teachable moments), and current research on what works to help our kids put their values into practice (including having positive body image, delaying mature sexual behaviors and developing healthy relationships).
Sunday, March 11, 12-3PM Workshop for High School Teens
The teen workshop will address the difficult questions of saying “yes” and “no” to sexual behaviors. We will work together to identify qualities of a healthy relationship and guidelines for making decisions about sexual behaviors. In other words, we will address questions like: What does a good relationship look like? When should I kiss someone? When is it ok to move beyond kissing? What does good communication look like when it comes to social media?