Nurture Your Children – Our Whole Lives

Our Whole Lives, or “OWL”, is a series of comprehensive sexuality curricula for children, teenagers, young adults and adults published by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Publication was the result of seven years of collaborative effort by the two faiths to prepare material which addresses sexuality throughout the lifespan in age appropriate ways. OWL meets or beats the National Sex Ed Guidelines and also is written in alignment with the SIECUS Guidelines for teaching comprehensive sexuality.

The Our Whole Lives program operates under the idea that well informed youth and young adults make better, healthier decisions about sexuality than those without complete information. OWL strives to be unbiased and teaches about heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, and transgender sexual health. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, health and behavior based on their own values. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, society and culture. It provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills and understand the social, emotional and spiritual aspects of sexuality.

The program is built around the values of justice and inclusivity, sexual health, responsibility and self-worth.

At Riverside, we currently offer OWL for ages 7th-9th grades. Classes are generally held on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30pm, with several half day Saturday workshops. The curricula takes about 4 months and we ask a $150 donation. Partial scholarships are available. A mandatory parent education night is held prior to the classes. Please call the church to sign up and ask for more details.

For more information visit: UCC Our Whole Lives