29 June 2015
Let's talk about sex, say Methodist youth
- Click here for the full report from the Methodist Children and Youth
- Click here for a picture of Youth President Megan Thomas 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 sensitive way.
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 way."
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 culture.
- 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.
For more information about 3Generate and to book tickets for this year's event (Friday 20 to Sunday 22 November) click here.