Our Whole Lives (OWL)

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive human sexuality education curriculum with a range of programs targeted at age groups identified to be in particular need of increased education. At UUCSS, we offer different levels of OWL each year, depending on enrollment. For the 2019-2020 school year, we plan to offer 4th-5th grade OWL in the second semester. Over the course of three years, we are likely to offer Kindergarten-1st Grade OWL, 4th-5th Grade OWL, 7th-9th Grade OWL, and 10th-12th Grade OWL. For more information or to register for one of this classes please email our Religious Education Assistant at reassistant@uucss.org .

Kindergarten-1st Grade OWL
This course supports parents in educating their children about birth, babies, bodies, and families. Following a Parent Meeting and Parent/Child Orientation, this course has eight one-hour sessions that engage children with stories, songs, and activities. The program includes a weekly homework project for parents and children to do together.

4th-5th Grade OWL
This eight session program focuses on learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants will read It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris, and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication, and decision making. Each session includes a homework activity for parents and children to complete together.

7th-9th Grade OWL
This course provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. The program has 25 two-hour long sessions which take place on Sundays from mid-October through mid-April. The program includes two sleepovers where participants do two classes Saturday evening, spend the night at the church, and have an additional two classes on Sunday morning. We expect that program participants will make every effort to attend all 25 sessions.

10th-12th Grade OWL
This fourteen session course helps high school youth gain the knowledge, life principles and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways. It puts sexuality into the context of values and personal responsibility, helping them manage social pressure and advocate for equality. It provides an opportunity to bring values and integrity to the real-life issues.