Our Whole Lives
About the Our Whole Lives (OWL) Program
Grades 7 and 8 Sundays 10:45 am to 12:15 pm.
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.
OWL is a sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It is a holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world. Unlike many other sexuality curricula currently available, this program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics that are typically excluded. Maintaining the OWL values, the course introduces new content, activities, perspectives, language, and resources for today’s young teens. New topics include body image, social media/internet, bullying/bystander responsibilities, and consent education. Popular activities and discussion topics remain, and users have more options for alternate activities and multi-media resources to accommodate their participants’ specific needs and interests. A facilitation guide offers suggestions for including youth with special needs in OWL programs.
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.
"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 9-12 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.