Talking with Teens about Sex, Tech, and Faith with Dr. Kate Ott

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Talking with Teens about Sex, Tech, and Faith with Dr. Kate Ott

Talking with Teens about Sex, Tech, and Faith with Dr. Kate Ott

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Zoom | October 5 | 12 - 1:30 pm Eastern

Digital innovation has rapidly changed the landscape of sexual experience in the twenty-first century. Moral mandates, uncomfortable avoidance, or simple silence by faith communities on these issues leave teens ill equipped to bring their faith values to sexual and digital decision-making. This event will provide a nuanced approach that prioritizes honesty and discernment over fear and judgment. In addition to raising participants digital and sexual literacy, faith leaders/youth ministers will be resourced with curricular practices that draw on core values of the Christian tradition to help teens develop a just and flourishing sexuality in the digital age.

Dr. Kate Ott is a Christian social ethicist addressing the formation of moral communities with specializations in technology, sexuality, youth and young adults, pedagogy, and professional ethics. She is the author of Sex, Tech, & Faith: Christian Ethics in a Digital Age (2022), Christian Ethics for a Digital Society (2018) and Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence (2013). Ott is the Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics and director of the Stead Center on Ethics and Values at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Her writings appear in various outlets from popular Christian magazines to academic journals, Christian education curricula to full length books, podcasts, and more. Prior to becoming a professor, Ott worked in child social services, church ministry, and at a national faith-based non-profit organization.