By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Despite opposition from many Tennessee lawmakers, the second annual Sex Week kicked off Sunday night and Pastor Tom Seay of Knoxville First UMC says they wanted to join the conversation.
The marquee in front of Knoxville First United Methodist Church reads "Hey Sex Week. God created sex to be precious."
"This message is to say life is precious, to say sex is a precious gift of God," Pastor Seay explained of the sign outside his church.
They plan to post a new message each day with the hope of sparking another side of the discussion.
"I thought it would be the best thing for the churches instead of getting uptight about Sex Week, they engage it, and get in the conversation," said Pasto Seay.
Conversation about sex and sexuality is what the founders of Sex Week always had in mind.
"Our real focus and goal is to help people to navigate their sexuality which is one of the hardest things in our human life to manage and to manage in a way that fits their idealism and their culture," explained Jacob Clark, one of the founder of Sex Week.
This year's program of events has a broad spectrum of topics and several religious groups on campus have contributed. Clark says they're thrilled to have another church jump in on the conversation.
"I'm mainly happy that people in positions to lead other people have decided to take on a difficult topic and help people they care about," said Clark.
Pastor Seay says this isn't about supporting or condemning sex week itself, it's about discussing a topic that's relevant to the people in the community.
"Once you accept you have a reality and you can't put that back in the box, your options are to combat it or try to find a way to make the whole subject your friend," he explained.
Sex Week events continue all week. Schedule of events here.
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