Our Whole Lives (OWL)
About the OWL curriculum
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of comprehensive and age-appropriate sexuality education curricula, developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ, for six age groups: grades K-2, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults, and adults.
Our Whole Lives is based on the philosophy of comprehensive sexuality education, which helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, comprehensive sexuality education provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality as well.
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.
Here is some general information regarding the OWL program. Custodial parents are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation session or to review these materials in detail before enrolling their child in a class. Our Director of Children’s Faith Development is happy to discuss the material with you.
More information is available online at https://www.uua.org/re/owl.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato is proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes for the 4th-6th grade program and the 7th – 10th graders this winter. Dates are below. There is no cost.
4-6 grade program
If you are interested in this class for your child/ren, you are strongly encouraged to attend an informational session on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:30 at the Fellowship. This session will allow you to review the curriculum in detail and to sample the teaching style
Class dates and times: Grades 4-6: Monday nights. February 5 and 19; March 5 and 19; April 2, 16 and 30. Class time is 5:30 – 6:30. Facilitators will be Cathi Fouchi and Ron Bagley.
7-10 grade program
The Parent Orientation program for this class has already occurred. Please contact Carrie Rice for more information on how to register your child: firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-779-9565
Grades 7-10: Wednesday nights. January 10, 17 and 24. February 7, 14, 21 and 28. March 7, 14, 21 and 28. April 4, 11, 18 and 25. May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Class time is 6:00-7:30. Facilitators will be Kristi Schuck and Dennis Cramblit.
7-10 Unit and Workshop Descriptions can be found here. These may be adapted slightly to meet our scheduling demands.