Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a secular, comprehensive sexuality education program developed by the UU and UCC faith communities. It is considered to be one of the best sexuality education curricula available, according to professionals in the field of sexual health. The program helps participants make informed, responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips our youth with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. OWL provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps to clarify values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. READ MORE HERE
The OWL program considers sexuality education to be a lifelong process, and so it is taught in pieces over the years that children participate in the South Church Religious Education program. 5th grade OWL and 7th grade OWL are offered annually. OWL for 10th-11th grade is offered every other year.
This class is taught by a team of adults in our South Church community who have completed an extensive OWL teacher training program in addition to the South Church teacher training program. The facilitators are safe congregation screened adults and are supported by the Director of Religious Education and the Ministers at South Church. There are always two facilitators co-leading our sessions.
For more information about our OWL program, please contact Jen Del Deo, Religious Education Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We now offer Parents and Caregivers As Sexuality Educators, a small group ministry where adults explore their roles as the most important sexuality educators their children will have. The 90-minute sessions engage adults in topics including Gender Identity, Relationships, Social Media, and Consent.
For more information, contact Kirsten Hunter, Director of Lifespan Ministries, email@example.com
Classes for 2021-22 Church Year
PLEASE NOTE: Registration preference is given to South Church families before remaining spots are open to the wider community on Oct 1st. To register for any of these classes, contact Jen Del Deo.
- 5th Grade OWL: Mandatory Parent Orientation Thu, October 14th 2021, 7:00-8:00pm. Class will run for 10 sessions on Sunday mornings 9:30-11:00am, 10/24/21-2/6/22
- 7th Grade OWL: Mandatory Parent Orientation Weds, October 13th 2021, 6:30-8:00 pm. Class will run for 22 sessions on Sunday afternoons 4:00-5:30pm, 10/24/21-5/1/22
- Parent Discussion Group for 7th grade OWL families (optional): This will be a time to check in together as parents about how the class is going for their youth, as well as an opportunity to discuss navigating sexuality topics with this age group. There will be 2 of these sessions, meeting concurrently with class on 12/5/21 and 2/6/22.
- 10th/11th Grade OWL: We will be offering this class during winter/spring, schedule TBD.