Our Whole Lives (sexuality education)

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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…

Currently at UUCL we offer OWL classes on alternating years to grades 4/5 in the fall, grades K/1 in the spring with middle school grades 7/8.  Elementary OWL series are 8-10 weeks long and the middle school series runs for 28 sessions over 2 semesters.

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 ufl.dll@gmail.com.  Sessions will be held on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am.

Registration is now closed.

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

Session 9  Nov 19

Session 10  Dec 3

OWL Facilitators

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.

OWL Values

  • Self Worth

  • Sexual Health

  • Responsibility

  • Justice and Inclusivity

OWL Offers

  • 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.

OWL is appropriate for use in a variety of congregational, school, and community settings, including classrooms, after-school programs, and youth groups. Although developed by two religious organizations, OWL contains no religious references or doctrine. Religious references are provided in a Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ companion publication, Sexuality and Our Faith.