Kate Ott will lead workshops based on her book, Sex + Faith from April 24-26, 2015.
There are workshops available for many different age ranges – check out the descriptions below!
For more information about Kate Ott, take a look at her website kateott.org, or watch her book chat about Sex + Faith.
Friday, April 24, 7:30 – 9 p.m.: Workshop for Adults
This workshop for adults, both couples and singles, will encourage participants to name what faith values ground their understandings of sexuality and identify the effect of positive and negative religious teachings related to sexuality. This workshop will also include the latest research on adult sexuality in long-term relationships, sharing tips for developing healthy, inquisitive, and mutual sexual relationships in opposition to the traps of shame, efficiency, and boredom.
Saturday, April 25, 9 – 11 a.m.: Workshop for Parents
The parent program 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. The workshop will emphasize positive body image, delaying mature sexual behaviors, and developing healthy relationships.
Saturday, April 25, 1 – 3 p.m.: Workshop for 4th and 5th Grade Students
The elementary student workshop will focus on caring for our changing bodies and body image, gender equity, healthy friendships and relationship equality, as well as the basics of attraction and dating in a faith framework.
Saturday, April 25, 5 – 8 p.m.: Workshop for Middle School Students
This program 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 the use of social media.
Sunday, April 26, 9 and 11 a.m.: Worship, Dr. Kate Ott preaching
Dr. Ott’s sermon will focus on the relationship between sexuality and faith.
Sunday, April 26, noon – 3 p.m.: Workshop for High School Students
The teen program will address the difficult questions of saying “yes” and “no” to sexual behaviors. We will work together to develop a relationship ethic that includes identifying qualities of a healthy relationship and guidelines for making good decisions about sexual behaviors. In other words, we will address questions like: what’s a good relationship look like? When should I kiss someone? When is it okay to move beyond kissing? Why should I wait to have sexual intercourse if I’m in high school? How do I start a new relationship if I already had sex? Is sexting sex? What does good communication look like when it comes to social media?
This is no charge to attend any of these workshops, however for planning purposes we do ask that you make a reservation for you and/or your child with the Christian Education office by April 20 by emailing email@example.com or by calling 313-882-5330 ext. 123.