The following presentation was given at Booth College of Mission in New Zealand on 25 September 2014 as part of our “Thought Matters” Seminars. These seminars are a monthly gathering for theological reflection and discussion hosted by Booth College of Mission.
This presentation was prepared by Emma Daly on the topic: ‘Children, Sexuality and the Church.’
Does is it matter how ‘we’ think of ‘them’?
The image ‘we’ hold of children affects what a child experiences and learns at church. Historically, the Protestant church has imagined the child as being a mixture of evil and innocence, in need of protection and vigilance. These images engender children and shape how they see themselves sexually. Emma will critically explore how the child is imagined in current church practices and what these images say of the place of children in our lives.
Emma Daly holds a DipTch ECE, BEd and MEd in Educational Policy from Victoria University, and a DipGrad from BCNZ. Emma has worked as an ECE teacher, a parent educator for a Pacific Island trust, and is currently a lecturer with Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa / NZCA. Emma is a passionate advocate for the rights of children and is currently the Junior Soldier Leader of the Wellington City Corps.