Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith program

“Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith” is the comprehensive sexuality education curriculum we provide for our youth. Leaders integrate worship, prayer, and discussion of United Church of Christ faith values and principles into the programs (see www.ucc.org/…our-whole-lives  ). Participating in a human sexuality program in the church helps participants understand that sexuality is an important part of the way God created us; that their church cares about their sexual development; and that caring Christian adults are willing and able to talk with them about their questions and concerns. This sexuality education program offers a yearly twenty-five week course for 8th graders that begins each fall. 

Our Whole Lives is an extraordinary opportunity for youth to develop as sexually healthy and whole people. We draw from sources in our faith tradition teaching that human sexuality is God’s gift, which develops an ethic of sexual behavior that is mutual, respecting of persons, loving, and just. Each fall we invite all young people and their families to participate in this remarkable program.

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith is the best human sexuality curriculum there is.  We look forward to sharing OWL with you and your family in the safety and support of our church family.  Thank you for sharing this opportunity with other youth/families you know!

8th Grade OWL up and running!

We have two classes this year – one on Tuesday evenings, one on Wednesday evenings. After two parent orientations per class, we finally got to meet this year’s youth!

Each class has 12 curious, ambivalent, enthusiastic, outgoing, shy, funny, quirky, serious, thoughtful, intelligent youth. Our facilitators are Louis Nosce and Amber Travis for the Tuesday class and Jill Betterton and Dan Sauter for the Wednesday class. All four are veteran OWL facilitators and it’s fabulous to be sharing this sacred journey with them again.

With two classes this year, we are leaning heavily on our facilitators. If you have ever thought about maybe becoming an OWL facilitator, I would love to talk with you about the possibility. In the meantime, here’s to the start of another great OWL year!

Jennie Sherlock, OWL Program Facilitator, jennies@fcceugene.org.