Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Unitarian Universalists are sex-positive, and we joyously affirm a diverse and healthy sexuality throughout the human lifespan. Part of that affirmation is our commitment to an age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education program called Our Whole Lives (OWL), about which you can read below.
Currently we are not able to offer OWL classes due to staffing constraints and COVID-19. Look for a re-start of this important program in the fall of 2022.
Our Whole Lives, or OWL, is a lifespan human sexuality program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations in partnership with the United Church of Christ. This comprehensive program offers honest, accurate, and age-appropriate information for children as young as kindergarten through adults.
Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, age-appropriate while also helping participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
While Our Whole Lives is secular, it is not value-free. The content of each age level embodies the value of self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice, and inclusivity.
Our Whole Lives recognizes and respects the diversity of participants with respect to biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and disability status. The activities and language used throughout the program have been carefully chosen to be as inclusive as possible of this human diversity.
The UUFA Our Whole Lives (OWL) Steering Team is pleased to announce the reinvigoration of the OWL Lifespan Sexuality Education curriculum developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Beyond public education SexEd, OWL is honest, accurate information about sexuality changes throughout our lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives.
Interactive workshops and lessons engage participants while step-by-step instructions for program planners and facilitators help ensure success. Seven curricula speak to participants’ needs, by age group:
- grades K-1,
- grades 4-6,
- grades 7-9,
- grades 10-12,
- young adults,
- adults, and
- older adults