Human sexuality encompasses nearly every aspect of our being, from attitudes and values to feelings and experiences. It is influenced by family, culture, religion/spirituality, laws, professions, institutions, science and politics.  Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes 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.

For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer the UUA’s Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive and progressive sexuality education curricula. Age appropriate, interactive workshops engage participants and help them to make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior at every stage. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.  OWL is a key measure in creating a safe congregation and giving students the tools to be empowered in their personal rights.

 

  • Grades K-1
    • This 8 week program supports parents in educating children about birth and babies, bodies and families through stories, songs and activities. The program includes weekly take-home projects and suggestions for parents and children to do together to promote further dialog.
    • Offered in the spring of 2020, 2022, 2024 at 10:30am in Dodd Hall.
    • Families must OPT INTO this program, and complete a separate Elementary OWL Participant Application 2020.
    • Parents/guardians and children must attend a mandatory OWL orientation prior to the start of the program.
  • Grades 4-6
    • This 10 week program is designed to help students learn about and maturely discuss the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Key topics are values, body image, gender & sexual identity, peer pressure, social media & internet use, consent, making responsible decisions, and creating healthy relationships. Participants will read It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris. Each session includes a HomeLink – a homework activity for families to complete together to promote dialog.
    • Offered in the spring of 2020, 2022, 2024 at 10:30am in Dodd Hall.
    • Families must OPT INTO this program, and complete a separate Elementary OWL Participation Application 2020.
    • Parents/guardians and children must attend a mandatory OWL orientation prior to the start of the program.
  • Grades 7-9
    • This year long program models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.  It presents not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional and social aspects of sexuality.
    • OWL equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in the areas of human development & body image, relationships & consent, bullying/bystander responsibilities, sexual behavior & health, social media & internet use, responsibility & decision making, as well as sexuality in society and culture.
    • We also offer a monthly PARENT WORKSHOP as an accompanying course to help parents/guardians gain an appreciation of their role in reinforcing and expanding student learning, and develop an understanding of how to manage student questions and concerns.
    • Offered during program years of 2020-21; 2022-23; 2024-25
    • Families must OPT INTO this program, and complete a separate OWL participation form.
    • Parents/guardians and youth must attend a mandatory OWL orientation prior to the start of the program.

 

Our Whole Lives Offers…

  • Accurate information presented in developmentally appropriate ways
  • Affective and emotional learning
  • Guiding values and principles
  • Activities that help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
  • A safe and supportive peer group
  • Acceptance of diversity
  • A social justice approach to inclusive sexuality education
  • Parent orientation that affirms parents as their children’s primary sexuality educators
  • Facilitators trained by the UUA regional staff and the Director of Religious Exploration

 

Our Whole Lives Values…

The Our Whole Lives program is grounded in our Unitarian Universalist Principles through the companion guide, Sexuality and Our FaithThe brochure, Sexuality is Honored Here, explains why sexuality education not only belongs is a religious context, but is also enriched by the values of our faith tradition.

The program gives clear messages about the following key sexuality issues:

  • 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.

Explore the National Sexuality Education Standards