Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula jointly developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and The United Church of Christ. The curricula are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (pdf) 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). Our Whole Lives covers topics and skills that both parents and students want to have available but schools are less likely to cover. Classes are taught by carefully selected leaders, trained and approved by the national OWL training program.
The Children’s OWL Programs
Children’s OWL Orientation Sunday January 8th :30 – 7:30 pm at Foothills – rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org At the orientation we will give an overview of the course content foloowed by a potluck dinner at 6:30 pm. At 6:15 pm parents sign permission forms and register for their child for the course
K/1st and 5th Grade OWL meet during January and February. The K/1 program supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families and includes lessons on abuse prevention. In the 5th grade program participants learn about and discuss the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants will read It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris, and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication and decision making.
The 8th Grade OWL Program
Parent Orientation: Tuesday, October 10th, 6:00-8:00pm for the 2017-2018 Program. At least one parent is required to attend this orientation in order for you child to attend the OWL Classes.
This comprehensive sexuality education program is a unique opportunity for our eighth graders to learn about all aspects of their sexuality: spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional. The program offers opportunities for youth to clarify their values and information to keep themselves emotionally and physically safe when making decisions about sexual activity. The class meets on Wednesday evenings Oct – February.
The High School OWL Program
High School OWL for 10th – 12th graders is offered every other year and offers a more in depth course for older youth, offering more in depth and relevant information about the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional aspects of sexuality. We will offer high school OWL again in 2017/2018
Fees for our OWL programs for church members are $80 for 8th grade OWL, $50 for 5/6 and $25 for K/1 OWL. Fees for guests are $150 for 8th grade OWL, $80 for 5th Grade OWL and $40 for K/1 OWL. 8th Grade and 5/6 Owl participants are also required to purchase a resource book.
We periodically offer Young Adult OWL Courses in conjunction with our Campus Ministry and the Geller Center on Campus. The Adult OWL Curriculum is currently being revised and we hope to offer this course in the near future.