OWL helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
Currently at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence…
…we offer OWL classes during the school year in alternate years to grades K-1, grades 4-5 (one semester each, typically 8 sessions) and middle school grades 7-8 (2 semesters, 27 sessions).
In September 2017, we will once again offer the Our Whole Lives series for 4th and 5th graders. We will begin this series with a mandatory parent’s meeting Sunday morning September 10th at 9:30 am.
The cost for this course is $40 for members of UUCL and $70 for non-members. Scholarships are available- contact Bonnie Blosser for details at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sessions will be held on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am. Register by filling out the following form and clicking Submit:
Fall 2017 Calendar
Mandatory Parents meeting: Sept 10
Session 1 Sept 17
Session 2 Sept 24
Session 3 Oct 1
Session 4 Oct 8
Session 5 Oct 15
Session 6 Oct 22
BREAK Oct 29
Session 7 Nov 5
Session 8 Nov 12
All of the OWL facilitators at UUCL have had at least one year’s experience teaching in our Religious Education Program, have attended an intensive training for OWL facilitators, and have passed a background check. They are all dedicated to the safety of our young people and their spiritual growth.
OWL uses methods that work. The curricula are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education, and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).
To learn more about the Unitarian Universalist Association’s program of lifespan sexuality education, click here.
OWL covers topics and skills that both parents and students want to have available but schools are less likely to cover. The Kaiser Family Foundation has an interesting report on this subject called “Sex Education in America: A View from Inside the Nation’s Classrooms.” New national surveys are challenging the convention that Americans are reluctant to have sexual health issues taught in school. The surveys show that most parents, along with educators and students themselves, would expand sex education courses and curriculum.
Justice and Inclusivity
Up-to-date information and honest, age-appropriate answers to all participants’ questions
Activities to help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
Effective group-building to create a safe and supportive peer group
Education about sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment
Opportunities to critique media messages about gender and sexuality
Acceptance of diversity
Encouragement to act for justice
A well designed, teacher-friendly leaders’ guide
Parent orientation programs that affirm parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children
Sexuality and Our Faith, an optional religious component for Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ settings.