Many parents want to talk with their child about sexuality but feel unprepared to do so. This is true everywhere but perhaps especially within the complexities of urban or ethnic contexts. For many years, William Mack has been equipping parents in urban contexts and beyond to engage with kids through his workshop entitled Tough Talks: Conversations on Self, Sexuality, and Scripture. The Tough Talks workshop is designed to equip and encourage faith leaders, parents, and youth to create safe, informed spaces for dialogue within their families, communities, and ministries around the sensitive topics of human sexuality and gender identity. We will have a conversation with William around some of the key insights of his workshop as well as special considerations to be considered when engaging in conversations around human sexuality in urban and ethnic contexts. Since urban culture tends to spread and influence the wider culture, this conversation will certainly yield insights for everyone.
William Mack is founding pastor of Grace Community Covenant Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a certified sexual health specialist and has led sexual health community workshops for the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Upward Bound, Jefferson County Public Schools, Jefferson County Youth Corrections, Young Life, YMCA, and Youth for Christ. His passions both for the church and for sexual wholeness led him to develop the workshop Tough Talks: Conversations on Self, Sexuality, and Scripture. This workshop is designed to equip faith leaders, parents, and youth to create safe, informed spaces for dialogue around the sensitive topics surrounding human sexuality and gender identity. William is currently pursuing his M.Div. in Christian Counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and he and his wife Tori have five children.