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 Our Whole Lives (OWL)
The cornerstone of the Our Whole Lives curriculum is the 7-9th grade level. It is comprised of twenty-six 1 ½ hour sessions. We offer OWL to our 8th graders each year, beginning in the fall.
Update November 1: 8th Grade OWL on Wednesday nights is going great! We’ve had 4 classes so far this fall. Topics have included values, language, and anatomy and physiology. Coming up: personal concerns about puberty, body image, and then a series of classes on gender expression, roles and stereotypes, gender identity and sexual orientation which culminate in two panels where we have guest speakers come in and share their personal stories and experiences of discovering their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Jennie Sherlock, OWL Program Facilitator, email@example.com.