Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Adult Faith Development: Looking Within

Author Sarah Ahrens, Written May 22, 2014

The Adult Faith Development team is happy to announce a summertime offering, led by Melanie Davis!  Contact Melanie if you are interested.

Course Title:  Looking Within to Make Meaning of Your Sexuality

Dates:  7:30-9 p.m., Mondays, June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4.  Fellowship Hall

Description:  This new course guides you through an exploration of how your sexuality has been shaped by your family, culture, spirituality and experiences. Through journaling and discussion,  explore which of those influences and messages resonate for you today, and which you may want to let go of.  Using activities as well as journal and discussion prompts from “Look Within: A Woman’s Journal”, you will delve into topics such as body image, sexual history, self-esteem, and hopes for your future. Discussions will occur within the context of a trusting, confidential space, and you will determine whether or how much you disclose to others. This is a personal growth course; it is not intended to serve as counseling or therapy.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, you will be able to:
–List at least 3 milestones or turning points in your sexual identity and history;
–Understand connections between your own sexuality and spirituality;
–Identify at least 2 messages about your sexuality that you value or wish to let go of.

Participants: Adult women* interested in increasing awareness of their own sexuality.

Facilitator: Melanie Davis has a PhD in Human Sexuality Education and is an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator. She is the UUA’s Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Program Associate and has been and OWL facilitator for this congregation.  She is a popular trainer and educator, and is a clinical sexuality education consultant.

Cost: $15 for a copy of “Look Within: A Woman’s Journal” (retail price $19.99)

*If sufficient interest exists from individuals who do not identify as women, a male-oriented or gender-neutral course will be considered for a later season.