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Openness and honesty

Our difficulty in addressing issues of sex and sexuality has often made it painful for us to engage, in an honest and realistic way, with issues of sex education and HIV prevention.

- World Council of Churches' Plan of Action: The Ecumenical Response to HIV/AIDS in Africa

How can your church and community address issues of sex, sexuality, and HIV prevention in an open and honest way?

  • As a church why not set time aside to look at the positive and negative impact of your church's current attitude towards talking about sexual issues and/or the impact HIV and AIDS is having on your church and local community? What do you learn from this process? And what could you change as a result?
  • Initiate a dialogue process that enables members of the church to come together in a safe environment to take part in structured dialogue sessions on issues relating to sex, sexuality, and HIV and AIDS. You could use a model such as in the "Exploring Solutions" publication.
  • Ask your church leaders to teach and preach on biblical passages that deal with issues of sex and sexuality, recognizing both the gifts that sex and sexuality are, and also the challenges sex and sexuality create.