OWL Word_CloudHonest, 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 Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities.

UUCH is currently offering the Grades 4-6 OWL program using this curriculum from the UUA.

This ten-workshop curriculum is designed to help children (4-6 grade) to gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to understand and express their sexuality in holistic, life-enhancing ways.

This comprehensive, developmentally appropriate program introduces key topics like values, body image, gender and sexual identity, peer pressure, and healthy relationships with sensitivity and inclusiveness, yet without specifically religious doctrine or reference. The underlying values of the program reflect the justice-oriented traditions of its publishers, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, while remaining suitable for use in secular contexts.

Maintaining the OWL values and assumptions established in the first edition, the second edition introduces new content, activities, perspectives, language, and resources for today’s children. New topics include body image, social media/Internet, and consent, as well as an updated and deeper exploration of gender identity and roles.

Guardians are expected to participate by working through The Parent Guide to Our Whole Lives, Second Edition.  As your child’s first and most important sex educator this book is an amazing session-by-session companion guide. This book walks the guardians through the tough questions children often ask about sexuality including information on puberty, body image, relationships, and gender identity. Participants will all be expected to read It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris.

An interest and informational meeting will be taking place December 8th at 1:00 pm at UUCH (1710 Old Number 10 Hillsborough NC 27278). This is required for at least one guardian to attend.  Please feel free to bring a snack to share – but lunch is not provided.  If you are aware of others that may benefit from this course – please feel free to forward this webpage.  For non-members and non- friends of the congregation the class will be $100.  This helps cover the cost of materials needed.  Do not let payment deter you from taking advantage – payment plans and arrangements can be made with advance notice.

Questions?  Email Sherri Woody.