Let's talk about sex, say Methodist youth
29 June 2015
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giving the report
Young Methodists have challenged the Church to be more open and
willing to discuss issues of sexual identity, pornography and
sexual relationships in a report to the Methodist Conference.
The Children and Youth Assembly report, which was presented to
the Conference today, highlighted the need for open discussions on
contemporary views of sexuality among other key areas of concern
for young people within the Church.
Presenting the report to the Conference, Methodist Youth
President Megan Thomas said"Sex is an important topic for young
people, but despite the Church often having strong views on sex
related issues, they are rarely talked about or discussed openly.
It is important that if we are going to hold moral positions on
sexual issues in the Church, then we need to be willing to talk
about them freely and honestly. Discussions about sex-related
issues are especially important for youth groups, as the Church
needs to provide information for children and young people that
they may otherwise not receive."
Alongside calls for openness to discussions on pornography and
sexual relationships, the topic of transgender was particularly
highlighted as an area which needs further discussions in a
Megan added"People are beginning to take transgender more
seriously and we recognise that the Methodist Church still has some
work to do in discussing the questions transgender raises and how
we can be inclusive in an issue that has the potential for
disagreement. We believe that the first step to addressing the
topic is to begin with conversation in an informative and sensitive
Other issues that the report highlights include
- the need for an all-inclusive worship accessible and applicable
for all ages.
- church discussions on attitudes towards alcohol and club
- community action and radical Christian living.
The 3Generate Children and Youth assembly annually brings
together children and young people aged 8-23 from across Great
Britain, with attendees taking part in worship,
discussions, activities, elections and more.
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