We are pleased to have a special guest speaker at WGA’s weekly support group meeting this week. Dr. Julia Sadusky coauthored the book Emerging Gender Identities: Understanding the Diverse Experiences of Today’s Youth, along with Dr. Mark Yarhouse. She will be discussing her new book with us, as well as talking about mental health issues and loneliness.

The book seeks to offer understanding for some of the complexities that surround gender identity and the different ways people are experiencing it. From the preface, the text sets the stage that this is a book for Christians who are seeking to engage both the conversations about gender identity and actually being in relationship with someone who is questioning or making decisions about their gender identity. There are also quite a few “sidebars” in the book that are specific to parents who are wondering how to proceed with their child.

From the Book Description:

“This book offers a measured Christian response to the diverse gender identities that are being embraced by an increasing number of adolescents. Mark Yarhouse and Julia Sadusky offer an honest, scientifically informed, compassionate, and nuanced treatment for all readers who care about or work with gender-diverse youth: pastors, church leaders, parents, family members, youth workers, and counselors.

Yarhouse and Sadusky help readers distinguish between current mental health concerns, such as gender dysphoria, and the emerging gender identities that some young people turn to for a sense of identity and community. Based on the authors’ significant clinical and ministry experience, this book casts a vision for practically engaging and ministering to teens navigating diverse gender-identity concerns. It also equips readers to critically engage gender theory based on a Christian view of sex and gender.”

If you have questions about gender identity, as a parent, a leader, or an individual, this is a great resource to dive into for how to approach the topic. As always, if you need someone to talk with or a group to process your questions, feel free to contact our office. We would love to engage in the conversation with you.

Roger Jones

Roger Jones

Executive Director

In the spring of 1995, the conflict Roger felt between his faith and his sexuality, as well as an addiction to pornography, led him to WGA. His personal journey has provided him unique insights into sexuality and the pain of adversity, which he shares through his testimony, facilitation of small groups, writing and public speaking. Roger began working with WGA in October of 1996 as the Assistant office Manager. Since that time, he has worn many hats and served in several different positions, including Assistant Program Director and Operations Director. In April of 2007, Roger assumed the position of Executive Director. Roger attended West Texas A&M University, where he studied Music Business. Much of his training has been “on the job,” where he was mentored by the ministry’s Founder, Mary Heathman, and the Program Director, Scott Kingry. He holds a BA from West Texas A&M University. Roger, his wife Jill, and their daughter Julia and son William, attend Celebration Community Church where Jill serves as Senior Pastor.

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