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Churches offering sex education

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2000

GROSSE POINTE, Mich. (AP) -- The Rev. John Corrado has no trouble explaining why Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church teaches sex education.

After all, he says, the Bible's first act is the creation of life.

''Where more appropriate of a place to talk about life and the creation of being than here,'' Corrado said. ''We're not trying to shock or be hip, we're trying to be solid. We want to put values into the education. This is a supportive and loving thing to do for our kids.''

Hoping to break through to teens bombarded with sexual messages on television, at the movies and in school, many churches are taking the same approach.

''We're sexual creatures,'' said the Rev. Mike O'Mire of the Woodlawn Church of God in Royal Oak. ''We're not just spirit, soul and bodies. Sex is a beautiful gift to be expressed with God's blessing in a monogamous marriage.''

Sex education also lets churches preach the value of abstinence. A recent United Nations report found that effective education delays the start of sexual activity, reduces unplanned pregnancies and cuts sexually transmitted disease rates.



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