Our Whole Lives: Liberal Religious Sexuality Education
This congregational year (2019-20), the UUC Religious Education Program is proud to be offering the highly acclaimed program “Our Whole Lives” (OWL) to our 7th-9th graders (or age equivalent). OWL is a lifespan sexuality education curriculum co-developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. The curriculum itself contains no religious references or doctrines, but was created to reflect the justice-oriented focus of both of the founding denominations. Each leveled component of the curriculum has a companion book entitled “Sexuality and our Faith,” which provides activities and resources to ground discussion in the religious contexts of each tradition. The underlying assumption is that parents and guardians are the primary sexuality educators of their children and that OWL is there to support that process.
OWL takes a holistic view of sexuality. It provides accurate, age-appropriate information while helping youth to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. A sampling of topics includes: the circles of sexuality, anatomy and physiology, gender identity and sexual orientation, communication, decision-making, sexual health, relationship-building, power and control, expressions of sexuality, and responsible behavior. A Unitarian Universalist companion book frames these topics within our Seven Principles.
Contact our Religious Education Director, Darlene Andersen-Alexander, for more information about enrolling your child in this valuable program!