Used across the country in Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ churches, this comprehensive lifespan sexuality education curriculum is based on four primary goals:
- To provide accurate, developmentally appropriate information;
- To increase self-esteem and understand relationships with and responsibilities toward others;
- To develop interpersonal skills, including communication, decision-making and problem-solving;
- To teach responsibility for personal health and safety.
Parents are their child’s primary sexuality educator. The Unitarian Church of Sharon offers Our Whole Lives to foster the development of a lifelong conversation between parent and child about values, decision-making, sexuality, and ethics.
OWL also helps our church community talk about bodies in a whole and wholesome way. Our ability to communicate helps make our community safer.
Our Our Whole Lives teachers are experienced religious education volunteers who have received extensive, focused training in sexuality education.
The OWL component for young children (grades 1-2) is offered during the Sunday morning religious education program once every other year. Weekly take-home activities for parent and child promote the extension of the conversation begun at church. This 8-session program will be offered from January thru March 2020.
OWL for children entering puberty (grades 5-6) is offered every other year as an optional program. Sessions are held outside of regular Sunday morning programming. Weekly reading assignments and activities are intended to be shared by child and parent. This 10 session program will be offered from November 2018 thru March 2019.
The Junior Youth component (grades 7-8) of OWL is offered every other year as part of the Sunday morning religious education program. A parent orientation session is held to launch the program. This 26 session program will be offered from September 2018 through May 2019.
All Our Whole Lives programs begin with parents. Preliminary information sessions are held in the fall. Later on, all parents who want their child to take part in an OWL program are required to attend a two-hour orientation. At orientation, parents are able to talk with the teachers, review materials used in the program, and become familiar with the program’s values and methods, so that they can give informed consent to their child’s participation. All questions are welcomed.
Please contact Louise Marcoux, Director of Religious Education, for more information about Our Whole Lives at the Unitarian Church of Sharon.