Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-5, grades 7-8, grades 10-12, young adults, and adults, developed by and used in UU and UCC churches across North America. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives provides 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.
In the 2018-19 program year the TVUUC RE program will offer two OWL classes – one for 4th – 5th graders in the fall, and one for Kindergarten and 1st graders which will launch in early 2019. Both classes are taught by teams of church members who have attended official OWL trainings. Children may participate only with written permission from their legal guardians and after their guardians have attended mandatory orientation sessions.
And Our Whole Lives for adults is coming later in 2019! We are excited to be hosting a training of facilitators in February, which will enable us to offer the Young Adult and Adult levels of OWL at TVUUC in the future.
Grades K and 1 class: The OWL Grades K – 1 curriculum is based on specific values related to human sexuality. It nurtures the worth and dignity of every participant. It fosters loving, equitable and healthy relationships and counters injustices such as homophobia, stereotyping and sexism. Children are encouraged to value themselves and act on their values throughout their lives. This elementary age program is based on the philosophy that parents and religious communities can form a meaningful partnership for positive responsible sexuality education.
Grades 4 and 5 class: This class nurtures and supports the “three Rs” of childhood sexuality—Respect, Relationships, and Responsibility—by helping children gain self-respect and respect for others, build relationships with peers of all genders and with many kinds of families, and understand their responsibilities regarding their own health and that of others. This curriculum helps participants integrate the values of the program with their own system of values in an open, affirming and anti-bias environment and a community of trust and authenticity.