Contains project guidelines, brainstorming and planning starter sheets, and the marking rubric.
Welcome. This page serves as a non-exhaustive list of resources that may be helpful as young Christians navigate the incredibly important issue of sexuality. The appearance of any particular resource on this page does not mean it is endorsed by this blog, but simply that it has been recognized to add value and insight to the conversation around this topic.
Why is there such a debate over homosexuality? We will talk further about this in class. In the meantime…
Reading books on this topic can be the most refreshing, enlightening, and stimulating mental activities to do. Following an author’s careful (hopefully) argument and journey through story and the presentation of facts or examples helps us to understand not only the issues, but the cultural, historical, and philosophical context the issue is situated in.
Andrew Marin’s Love is an Orientation
Wesley Hill’s Washed and Waiting
Justin Lee’s Torn
The Great Debate
When it comes to gay Christians, there’s one question that causes more debate than any other: Does God bless gay relationships? Or are gay Christians called to lifelong celibacy?
At GCN, we have members on both sides of this “great debate,” and some who just aren’t sure. And though this issue is hotly debated among Christians worldwide, we’ve decided not to debate it here. However, in the interest of discussion and dialogue about this very important subject, two of our members have written opposing essays expressing their very different points of view.
On “Side A” is Justin’s essay. Justin believes that God blesses same-sex marriages.
On “Side B” is Ron’s essay. Ron believes that God calls gay Christians to lifelong celibacy.
Both Justin and Ron are gay Christians, but they have very different views about sex, relationships, and the Bible. Whether you agree with Justin or with Ron (or perhaps with neither!), you can feel welcome here.
LGBTQ: basic wikipedia definition
A few key issues of social justice:
- Discrimination on basis of sexual orientation, including hate speech and hate crimes
- Common misunderstandings and controversy around sexuality or sexual orientation
- Desired right to marriage; legal battles and controversies
- Lack of respectful, mutual dialogue on these topics
A video playlist for your perusal
Flesh trade targets natives (2008 Sun article)
Aboriginal Women part of Canada’s trafficking crisis (2014 Star article)
Human trafficking: Why aboriginal women are targeted (2014 CBC article)
The Trafficked: The story behind our investigation into the exploitation of indigenous women and girls (2016 Globe & Mail article)
The Trafficked: How sex trafficking works in Canada (2016 Globe & Mail article)
Vocabulary for the unit to know for end-of-unit test:
- manifest destiny
- residential schools
- Aboriginal rights
Know basic details of the major landmark documents of Aboriginal-Governmental relations (we will study these further in class):
- Royal Proclamation, 1763
- Indian Act
- Constitution Act
- The White Paper, 1969
- Bill C-31
- Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, 1997
- Statement of Reconciliation, 1998
- Statement of Apology to former students of Residential schools, 2008
Finally, some enlightening videos!