It's the first multifaith theological framework calling for religious institutions to recognize adolescent sexual rights and to assist them in discerning their readiness for mature relationships. The Open Letter affirms that "most adolescents are not developmentally ready for mature sexual relationships that include intercourse of any kind" but calls upon faith communities to recognize that many adolescents will become involved in sexual relationships during their teenage years. It urges religious leaders to advocate for adolescent sexual health through comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive health care.
The release of the Open Letter will be covered by National Public Radio throughout the day on Monday. The Center for American Progress features my editorial on its home page today, and I'll be on the Lisa Birnbach Show talking about its release.
You can download the letter from the Religious Institute web site, and we can also send you the lovely printed copy. Write our Associate Director Dr. Kate Ott with your snail mail address.
And after you read it, let me know what you think!