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How do the lessons of the Bible help up form healthy or right Christian relationships? And how can we help teens avoid unhealthy relationships?
Forming a Healthy Relationship
Publication Date:
10/21/2009
Pages:
0
Session(s)
1
Product Type:
Internet Download
Youth Study
Product Number:
TC5060

A healthy relationship is a healthy relationship. It does not matter if that relationship is between or among family members, friends, acquaintances, co-workers, or romantic interests. The basic values that contribute to a healthy or "right" relationship are the same across all types of relationships. Based on Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, this study encourages youth to explore what love really means and how love can best be expressed in different relationships. The group will also consider how to improve relationships that are currently unhealthy.

Of course, talking directly about youth's personal relationships can be very awkward and can highlight perceived differences in experience among the youth. To remedy that, this study presents three "Relationship Scenarios" that encourage participants to identify healthy and unhealthy characteristics and develop ways to respond to and change the unhealthy aspects.

Another activity involves watching an episode of a popular teen television show such as The Hills to evaluate how fictional characters reflect or oppose the concept of right relationships. You may also choose to consider some of the critical relationships portrayed in the Bible such as that of Adam and Eve, Mary and Joseph, or Cain and Abel.

Remember, a healthy relationship is a healthy relationship. But knowing the qualities of a healthy relationship is not an innate ability; this study helps teens take an in-depth look at their relationships to make sure these relationships follow the Golden Rule.

Kate Ott is Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Drew University, Theological School. Ott published "Searching for an Ethic: Sexuality, Children, and Moral Agency" in New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views and is also co-editor of Just Hospitality: God's Welcome in a World of Difference and Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship: The Next Generation.


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