The Christian Coalition for Education hosted its annual conference at St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford, on 24th November, 2018. The theme of the conference was: ‘Identity, Sexuality and the Gospel: A better story for our schools’.
The aim of the conference was to provide a collegial forum for Christians involved in education (Heads, Teachers, TAs, Governors, parents and others) to develop a view of education which is authentically Christian and to be equipped to face the social and political challenges in the UK today, especially as they affect views on identity, sexuality, marriage and the family.
The conference was well attended and was hosted by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, the chairman of CCFE and a strong proponent for retaining a Christian influence and ethos in education.
You belong, and you matter!
As Christians we can often be heard saying ‘no’ in the public square, but this conference was a powerful reminder that we have a better story to tell our culture, and we should be confident in doing so. This better story must be grounded in the Gospel and a biblical worldview. It must be both realistic and inspiring while providing a solid rational for Christian sexual ethics which can then lead to appropriate sex education that is Christian and based on the formation of character.
Young people need a sense of relatedness and significance. They need to understand their beliefs and worldview, and know the values that are important; faith, hope, and love. Only then will they have the full foundations to learn and accept right teaching of skills for their vocations, and accept the support of schools, communities and friends to flourish in the way that God has created them to be.
Professor Jones did not belittle sexuality; on the contrary he commented that our sexuality, which is part of who we are made to be, is much more than we can imagine. God’s design for us to manifest his image properly in both marriage and singleness is much more magnificent than what the world can offer. It is this story that must be shared with our children today.