Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education Curricula
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a set of curricula about family, relationships, sexuality and society, at levels appropriate for learners from Kindergarten age through adults. It was developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ for use in both denominations. For a fuller overview of the program, see the UUA Web site.
Although they were developed by two religious organizations, the curricula contain no religious references or doctrine and are offered as classes separate from our regular Sunday morning religious education. The program’s values are self-worth, individual responsibility, health, and social justice. Our teachers not only relay relevant, honest information, but aid students in developing the skills needed to clarify their values and improve their personal decision-making skills.
We offer OWL classes every other year and, in alternate years, a coming of age program in conjunction with a Parent Connection Group. We have trained facilitators in our congregation for ages Kindergarten-Grade 1, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9, and Senior OWL, and we occasionally work with facilitators from Toronto.