For Parents

Dear Parent,

Welcome to Focus on the Family’s Day of Dialogue® website. The Day of Dialogue is a nationwide, free-speech BringYourBible-ForIAmNotAshamedimageinitiative and website for students in public schools and colleges. It was created to equip and support Christian students who want to share a biblical perspective on current-day issues and who are looking for a compassionate and loving way to share the hope of God’s truth with classmates in their school.

In recent years, we’ve noticed the increase in news headlines about students being told they can’t engage in simple religious-freedoms activities, such as reading their Bible personally during free time or praying during lunch. That’s why it’s so important to come alongside our students and encourage them that they do still have religious-freedoms protected under the U.S. Constitution–and they don’t have to be ashamed of or hide their deeply held religious  beliefs. BringYourBible_Student_Kit_CoverimageTo that end, we just unveiled a brand-new event for students: Bring Your Bible to School Day happening on October 16! On this day,  thousands of students across the country will take the lead on their campuses to celebrate religious freedom and share God’s hope with peers. We hope this event will remind students that the Bible is something that should be celebrated, not banned–and has a powerful message of hope and love for humanity. To learn more about this event, download the free student guide.

Among other items, the student guide includes: 1) easy-to-use, get-started steps, 2) fun student activities, such as videos and quizzes, 3) information on students’ legal rights, and 4) downloadable Conversation Cards, poster designs and much more!

As part of this initiative and website, Focus on the Family also sponsors a free-speech event for students (ages 13 and older) called the Day of Dialogue in mid April. Below is information about the 2014 event–which also includes many helpful resources for discussing God’s design for marriage and sexuality with  teens.

These resources are updated each year. Parent-Pastor Guide-2014-DISK

To learn more about what you can do to support the students’ efforts and help them get the word out, be sure to  download our free Day of Dialogue kit for parents.  Among other things, the guide equips you to share the event with the students through: 1) downloadable powerpoint presentations and fun student exercises based on real-life situations, 2) myth vs. fact explanations of students’ legal rights, 3) links to teen-friendly articles and discussion questions, and 3) videos for students, and more! At the focusonthefamily.com/empowerstudents link, you and your teen can also access a student guide that equips students with interactive tools and free-speech resources.

As repeatedly stated on this website, the heart of this event is to express the model presented by Jesus Christ in the Bible—who didn’t back away from speaking truth, but neither held back in pouring out His compassionate love for hurting and vulnerable people and defending those people from harm.

The bad news is that the need for God’s hope has never been greater—especially in our public schools, many of which have increasingly delved into promoting controversial sexual topics to students, such as homosexuality, transgenderism and gay marriage. All too often, this occurs in a way that is extremely disrespectful of parental rights and students’ religious freedoms. Many times it creates a pressure-cooker situation for Christian students since this promotion often occurs without parental knowledge or permission—and only one point of view is allowed, while others are disparaged. But the good news is that when darkness increases, it creates an opportunity for the light of God’s love to shine even brighter. The hopecandlesindarkimage of the Gospel has never failed in these situations. So thankfully, we still live in a nation that allows free speech and religious freedom. That’s why it’s so important that we encourage our students that they have nothing to be ashamed of in expressing their deeply held religious convictions in a way that is peaceful and respectful of authority. And that they can have confidence and boldness in sharing their beliefs about God’s redemptive plan for humanity.

I Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” And that’s what this website seeks to equip students to do. As a parent, you should know that on this site we have actively encouraged students to involve you in their plans to participate in the Day of Dialogue. If for any reason, you as a parent have concerns, we have made it clear to students that they should respect and honor those concerns.  Parental support for student participants in the Day of Dialogue will be absolutely key—since it does require great courage in this culture of spiritual relativism to acknowledge the existence of redemptive truth. So we hope you will surround your student participant with prayer, exhortation and your guidance as they participate in these events.