Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education
Honest, 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, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis is proud to offer Our Whole Lives, a series of UUA comprehensive lifespan sexuality education curricula. Interactive workshops and lessons engage and help participants to make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. Our Whole Lives recognizes and respects the diversity of participants with respect to biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and disability status. The activities and language used throughout the program are intended to be as inclusive as possible of this human diversity.
What’s Religious about Sexuality Education?
In liberal religious sexuality education, we seek to provide roots and wings for program participants. The roots are our Unitarian Universalist religious traditions and values, which accept participants and value them for who they are so they feel good about themselves and their sexuality. The wings are the freedom they have to make meaning of their own lives; the opportunity to clarify their own values and apply them to their own experiences; and the strength to develop into their own true, best selves. The Our Whole Lives curricula help transform a cultural climate of fear and confusion into a new reality of lives lived congruent with the values of the inherent worth and dignity of each and every person.
In the context of being offered by our Fellowship, OWL is religious because it seeks to nurture:
prophetic vision and action for justice
values congruent with participants’ religious beliefs
the worth and dignity of every participant
the skills, attitudes, and knowledge to live out those values
OWL Sexuality Education gives clear messages about key issues of sexuality, embodying values of:
justice and inclusivity
Our Whole Lives Offers:
accurate information presented in developmentally appropriate ways
honest, age-appropriate answers to all participants’ questions
activities to help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
effective group-building to create a safe and supportive peer group
education about sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment
opportunities to critique media messages about gender and sexuality
acceptance of diversity
encouragement to act for justice and inclusivity
affirmation and support to parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children
Adapted from the work of Melanie Davis, UUA Ministries and Faith Development Office – uua.org/re/owl
Every other year we offer OWL. The Orientations for 2018 OWL will take place in Nov and Dec 2017 and are as follows:
For parents of Kindergarten/1st graders:
Sunday, December 3rd – 12:30-2 p.m. – room 6-A
For parents of 4th/5th/6th graders:
Sunday, November 19th, 12:30-2 p.m. – room: Gallery (Back of Sanctuary)
For parents of 7th/8th/9th graders:
Sunday, December 3rd – 12:30-3:30 – room 7
For parents of 10th/11th/12th graders:
Sunday, December 3rd – 9-11 a.m. – room 7
Parent orientation is required prior to registration. This is an opportunity to learn about the curriculum, meet the teachers, get the schedule of classes, and have your questions about OWL answered.
OWL classes will begin in January of 2018.
Deadline to register for OWL January 7th, 2018.
No cost to Fellowship members-small registration fee for non-members-scholarships available.
Childcare and light fare will be provided during orientations.
For more information, contact DRE Michael Molk at firstname.lastname@example.org