Personal Statement on “2015 Millennials, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health Survey” from Rev. Chuck Currie
The just released “2015 Millennials, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health Survey” demonstrates that people of good faith can come to different conclusions on difficult issues while still largely affirming the right of women to make their own health care decisions. As the report notes, there is broad support for access to contraception and opposition to court mandates that hinder such access. Students of faith generally share these beliefs, echoing positions held by mainline denominations such as the United Church of Christ. No one tradition can claim to be the “Christian” perspective (or Jewish or Muslim) on any of the issues dealt with in this report as there is a diversity of belief in all traditions related to sexuality and reproductive health. Colleges and universities should listen carefully to millennials in this report that note sexual violence as a serious issue on campuses. Candidates seeking the presidency in 2016 (along with seats in Congress and gubernatorial offices) would be wise to head the voices of young people concerned about reproductive health and equality for women.
- Rev. Chuck Currie, Director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and University Chaplain, Pacific University