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 2019-20 program year the TVUUC RE program will offer the Jr. High OWL class for 7th-8th graders, launching at the beginning of 2020, with a parent orientation offered in December. OWL 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.
Our Whole Lives for young adults (18-35) is coming later in 2019 as well!
The 4th-5th grade and Kindergarten-1st grade OWL classes will return in the 2020-21 program year.
Grades 7-8 Class: Our Whole Lives for the seventh and eighth grades helps young people affirm and respect themselves and others as sexual persons, increase their comfort and skills for discussing and negotiating sexuality issues, and explore, develop and articulate values, attitudes and feelings about their own and others’ sexuality. The curriculum, facilitated by 4 trained leaders, teaches knowledge and skills for developing a healthy and responsible attitude toward relationships and sexual expression while assessing the impact of societal messages on their values and behavior.
The OWL class helps participants integrate the values of the program with their own system of values within an open, affirming and anti-bias environment and a community of trust and authenticity. The four bedrock values of OWL are: Self Worth, Responsibility, Sexual Health, and Justice & Inclusivity.
OWL 7-8 at TVUUC will launch with a parent orientation in December and the start of classes in early January. For more information contact Catherine Farmer Loya, Director of Religious Education.