Our Whole Lives
About the Our Whole Lives (OWL) Program
OWL is a Faith and Sexuality program authored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. “This curriculum is an expression of the belief that educating institutions—religious communities….can form meaningful partnerships with parents to provide positive and responsible sexuality education.” Our Whole Lives, Introduction. Parents will attend orientations prior to program.
Due to the nature of this course, children whose parents have not attended orientation will not be allowed to participate. Also, once the class begins, it will be closed to visitors.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade OWL - Offered March - May 2019
Early Elementary OWL focuses on bodies, babies, and birth. Topics include anatomy, consent, families, development, and birth. Each session offers a homelink activity to continue the discussion at home and families are encourage to purchase or borrow the book It's So Amazing by Robbie Harris to read with their children.
4th and 5th Grade OWL - Offered March - May 2019
Older Elementary OWL focuses on topics like puberty, body image, gender and sexual identity, peer pressure, and healthy relationships. Students have reading assignments from the book It's Perfectly Normal by Robbie Harris.
7th and 8th Grade OWL - Offered October 2019 - May 2020
Middle School OWL is a holistic and comprehensive sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. Maintaining the OWL values, the course introduces new content, activities, perspectives, language, and resources for today’s young teens. Topics include communication, sexual health, body image, social media/internet, consent education, values clarification, and more.
10th, 11th and 12th Grade OWL - Offered upon request and with sufficient enrollment
High School OWL reviews content from earlier OWL programs with a focus on the developmental needs of older teens.
"What a gift! Most faith communities shy away from conversations about sexuality, but ours has embraced it and made it a central part of the transition our children make into adulthood."
For Grades 8-12 course, please continue to Youth RE program page.
All children and youth attending programs at UUCDC must be registered. Registration fee is $25/youth, but will not exceed $50 per family. Scholarships are available. Please let us know any pertinent information about your youth especially food allergies, bee sting allergies, or important medical info when you register. Let us know how you can help support your youth’s religious education!
To learn more about our comprehensive Religious Education program, preschool-adult, please email Chrissy Bushyager, Director of Religious Education or call 610-566-4853, ext 203.