Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, sexuality education program. It provides information about sexual development, as well as helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
Our church community takes deep pride in offering OWL. With it we bless you and your family as you navigate growing up in a world riddled with complex social and sexual agendas. OWL is one of the many ways we minister to one another in love.
Underpinning the program is the belief that sexuality is an integral part of being human. OWL provides a positive, holistic approach to sexuality education taught in a safe environment where participants are helped to understand and make informed, responsible decisions regarding the challenges facing them as sexual beings.
We consider parents to be the primary educators of their children on sexuality issues. The OWL program helps foster meaningful conversation between parents, children, and facilitators. All of our classes are co-facilitated by adult volunteers from our church. Facilitators have undergone specialized OWL training from the Unitarian Universalist Association and thorough background screening.
4-6th Grade Our Whole Lives
This class is designed to help children ages nine through twelve to gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to understand and express their sexuality in holistic, life-enhancing ways.
This comprehensive, developmentally appropriate program introduces key topics like values, body image, gender and sexual identity, peer pressure, and healthy relationships with sensitivity and inclusiveness,
Parents of children in the OWL class are also invited to be a part of an OWL Parents Group. This group will be facilitated by an OWL teacher and meet at the same time as the children’s class.
There is an informal and optional Info Session for Parents only on September 22 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm with two OWL teachers in RE Classrooms 1 and 2
Following the mandatory Parent and Child Orientation on September 29 from 1:00 PM-4: 00 PM, the next early elementary OWL class begins Sunday, October 6, meeting from 12:30-2pm. The last session will be on December 15th. Space is limited. Congregation members will be given priority. Register your child online. If you don’t have an InFellowship account, please sign up.
OWL is a lifespan program with classes for grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults, and adults. Currently we are only planning to offer the above classes. Other local UU churches may be offering classes that are not on our schedule. Here is a directory of UU churches.