What is Our Whole Lives (OWL)?

Our Whole Lives is a series of comprehensive sexuality education resources (kindergarten thru adulthood) written by human sexuality educators appropriate for use in a variety of congregational, school, and community settings.

Although developed by two religious organizations (UUA & UCC), Our Whole Lives contains no religious references or doctrine. Religious references are provided in a Unitarian Universalist and UCC companion publication, Sexuality and Our Faith. BCCUCC will be using the UCC companion publication to complement the foundational program.

Classes Offered

2014-2015:  for Grades 7 and 8

2015-2016:  for Grades 10, 11 and 12.  Unfortunately, insufficient youth signed up for the class to go ahead.

2016-2017:  for Grades 7 and 8

2017-2018:  for Grades 10, 11 and 12

2018-2019: for Grades 7 and 8

Classes alternate in this pattern in years thereafter. 

Core Values of OWL

  • SELF WORTH – 

Every person is entitled to dignity and self-worth, and to his or her own attitudes and beliefs about sexuality.

  • SEXUAL HEALTH – 

Knowledge about human sexuality is helpful, not harmful. Every individual has the right to accurate information about sexuality and to have her or his questions answered.

  • RESPONSIBILITY –

We are called to enrich our lives by expressing sexuality in ways that enhance human wholeness and fulfillment and express love, commitment, delight and pleasure. All persons have the right and obligation to make responsible sexual choices.

  • JUSTICE  & INCLUSIVITY –

People of all ages, races, backgrounds, income levels, physical & mental abilities, gender identities & expression, and sexual orientations must have equal value and rights.

Aspects of OWL

  • PARENT orientation session that affirms parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children
  • EFFECTIVE group building to create a safe and supportive peer group
  • UP-TO-DATE information and honest, age-appropriate answers to all participants’ questions
  • A VARIETY of highly engaging activities that include values clarification and decision-making skills
  • A COMPREHENSIVE approach to understanding sexuality throughout society and throughout life
  • ACCEPTANCE of diversity
  • EDUCATION to identify and avoid sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment
  • ENCOURAGEMENT to act for justice
  • RELIGIOUS foundations provided by Sexuality and Our Faith. Each session includes biblically-based and worship-centered resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child can’t attend all the sessions?

We encourage and prefer full participation but we realize that schedule conflicts occasionally occur.

How do we sign up?

Contact Andrea Bullard, andrea@bccucc.org or 246.0111 x107.

Where can I get more information about OWL?

http://www.ucc.org/justice/sexuality-education/our-whole-lives.html

What do you expect from parents? Visit

http://www.ucc.org/justice/sexuality-education/information-for-parents-and.html

What if I want my child to participate but he/she isn’t sure?

We recommend that you encourage your child to participate in the first two sessions before he/she decides whether or not to continue participation.

Is there a cost?

Yes. We ask for a $100 donation to reserve a spot in the program. This will help us cover a portion of expenses. The OWL program (training, books, supplies, ministerial support) is made possible by members’ annual pledges to the church, as well as donations of time and skill by all facilitators.

Can my older child participate?

Class size is limited and will only be open to 7th and 8th grade youth in 2018-2019 on a first-come, first-served basis. We plan to offer OWL again for Grades 10 – 12 during the 2019-2020 program year.