Body image and culture 19% Homo/Bisexuality 16%
Abstinence only 15%
Abstinence & safe sex 8%
Male/Female anatomy 5%
Demonstration of condoms 3%
Last weekend, my youth group held a sexuality retreat and all indications from the youth suggest it was a useful and important event. We covered, to greater or lesser degree, every issue above except the condom demonstration (I leave that to the schools to teach!). Most of our retreat actually focused on the same issues that came out on top in our poll: developing healthy relationships that reflect God's love, issues around body image and the way culture shapes our values about self-worth, and the implications of being made in the image of God. We also spent a good deal of time doing activities designed to help the youth become more comfortable with talking about sexuality issues in a church setting.
For those interested, one of the primary sources we utilized for the event was the excellent curriculum Our Whole Lives, published jointly by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Univeralists (and also recommended by our fellow blogger Marie.) If anyone is interested in seeing the outline of our retreat activities, I'd be happy to share it with you.