Finding Our Feet in Shifting Sands

Gender identity in the classroom and the courtroom, by Sharon James.


Sharon works for The Christian Institute, is the author of a number of books, and has spoken at conferences in many parts of the world. She studied History at Cambridge University, Theology at Toronto Baptist Seminary, and has a doctorate from the University of Wales.

Ideas for further thought and discussion

Sharon’s article gives a general picture of some national trends. You will need to research what is being taught locally and to explore what opportunities there are for local churches to be involved. But generally…

1. How can your church / youth group more actively oppose unnecessary stereotypes and bullying? How can we describe and develop healthy models of masculinity and femininity? With Alastair’s article in mind, exactly how prescriptive is Scripture about what interests a boy or girl should cultivate?

2. How can we be more aware of the pressures on young people? How are you actively seeking to be aware of the culture they are exposed to? And how could you provide support to help their parents and your youth and children’s teams do the same?

David Shaw (Editor of Primer) did a follow-up interview with Sharon. In it she critiques the assumptions we make in church life about marriage and gender stereotypes. Watch it below.