I do not know the answer to a question in the question box. Where should I go for help?
There are a number of different sources, depending on the type of question:
- If the question is about a definition of a slang term, some popular websites are Wikipedia and UrbanDictionary. These are not technical sites; the definitions offered come from users (and so the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) does not endorse these sites for official definitions). However, because the definitions are user-supplied, they often contain the latest slang and uses for it.
You may find that these sites have answers to questions that involve behaviors that can be offensive to many and surprising or shocking. Some may ask for shock value. Others may ask having heard something but truly are not aware of the meaning. In considering a response to such questions talk with your co-facilitator about what you both feel would be the best way to handle it. Do consider and help participants to remember the four Our Whole Lives (OWL) values of self worth, justice and inclusivity, sexual health and responsibility in addressing any questions.
- If the question is about the truthfulness of something which may or may not be an urban legend (i.e. “Is it true that you can wear certain colors of jelly bracelets to show what kind of sex you’re ready for?” you may wish to check Snopes.com or About.com’s Urban Legends page. Again, neither of these is a scientific site (and so is not endorsed by the UUA for accuracy) but they may be able to point you toward source material which can verify a trend or debunk a myth.
- If a question is one about UUA positions on issues of sexuality, you can call or email the UUA’s Public Information Office at info @ uua.org.
- If the question is one that you think other Our Whole Lives facilitators may have addressed before, you can use the UUA’s Our Whole Lives email lists; owl-child (for Grades K-1 and 4-6), owl-l (for Grades 7-9 and 10-12) and owl-adult (for Young Adult and Adult Our Whole Lives). Note: you must be a trained facilitator in the level for which you wish to subscribe.
- Teenhealthfx is an online resource from Atlantic Health which provides answers to all teen health and sexuality questions.
- Finally, if you’re stumped, or if the question is about values, you might use the question as a jumping-off point for a good class discussion. If the class is mature enough to handle such a discussion, it could be an opportunity for exploring how sexuality issues can be complicated and many-sided.
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Last updated on Monday, November 7, 2011.
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