Our Whole Lives Collage

What is Our Whole Lives (OWL)?

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a curriculum designed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.

This curriculum, with trained facilitators, teaches children and adults confidence when making decisions about their bodies, how to stay safe in the world, answers questions about development, and involves parents and families in discussions about values. It goes beyond sex ed into self ed.  Here’s a brochure with more information.

This curriculum, with trained facilitators, teaches children confidence when making decisions about their bodies, answers questions about development, and involves parents and families in discussions about values.

A thank you letter from a parent.
We receive comments like this from families whose children have attended an OWL class.

 

Through the efforts of both UU congregations, we have a great supply of trained facilitators at all levels to provide OWL to our members and friends! Since we offered elementary OWL at Second Unitarian last year, First is taking the lead this year to catch the rest of the children who were not able to attend. We are also offering middle school OWL and want to offer a young adult/adult OWL.
  • Kindergarten through 1st Grade: Will be offered this fall at First Unitarian on Sundays starting Sunday, September 25th. This program requires parent permission from all custodial parents and mandatory attendance to a parent meeting.The regular sessions will last one hour, from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Kids will be given a hearty snack to tide them over. At this level, they learn how to say “no,” how to respect ourselves as well as others, our anatomy, where children come from, etc. It also comes with take home sheets so you, as the primary sex educator for your child, can get more comfortable having discussions about these issues as well as your family’s values around these issues. It empowers you, the parent, in these discussions. Special sessions are listed below:
         Sunday, Sept. 25 12:30-2:00 Mandatory Parents only Meeting 
         Sunday, Oct. 9 12:30-3:00 Mandatory Parent/Child Opening Orientation
         Sunday, Nov. 27 No OWL for Thanksgiving
         Sunday, Dec. 11 11:30-12:30 OWL Mandatory Parent/Child Closing Celebration
  • 5th & 6th Grades: Will be offered this spring at First Unitarian on Sundays. Requires parent permission and mandatory attendance to a parent meeting.
  • 7th-9th Grades: Will start this fall. We will have a mandatory parent meeting during YRUU on Wednesday, September 28 at 7PM at First Unitarian. At that time we will also be discussing when and where to hold the meetings.
  • Young Adult/Adult OWL: We would like to offer this class (probably spring, 2017) but would like to know which one has more demand. Young adult OWL is for those who are primarily still single. Adult OWL is for those who are older or partnered. Please let your DRE know which one you are interested in. They are both around 14 sessions.

For more information, contact our Director of Religious Education.