Sexuality is an integral part of life. In its broadest sense, sexuality
encompasses the full expression of an individual's gender, has intellectual and
emotional as well as biological dimensions, and is conditioned by cultural and
religious norms. In order for individuals to take responsibility for the
consequences of their behavior, they must have access to comprehensive sexuality
Sexuality education should seek to:
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) views sexuality education as an issue of justice. It is our religious faiths and values that compel us to support justice and equity for people of all genders, races,
backgrounds, income levels, abilities, and sexual orientations.
Unitarian Universalists have advocated for and demonstrated our high regard for comprehensive sexuality education for over three decades. Begun in 1971, the ground-breaking program 'About Your Sexuality' (AYS) was successfully
run in congregations for over 25 years. In 1994, the UUA passed an Action of Immediate Witness entitled "Sexuality Education in Public Schools," which urged
its member congregations to advocate the availability of comprehensive,
objective, unbiased, up-to-date, age-appropriate, sexuality education curricula in public schools, churches, and the community at large. Then, in 1998,
the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ developed
the Our Whole Lives program, which is designed to address issues of sexuality from childhood into adulthood. Both
programs present abstinence in addition to topics related to sexual activity,
including contraception, HIV/ AIDS, and STDs. Unitarian Universalists have a
unique religious voice on sexuality education advocacy, and speak strongly
against abstinence only promotion as a threat to the health and well being of
our youth and our nation.
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Last updated on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
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