Our Whole Lives (OWL) Curriculum

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Our Whole Lives 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, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. Developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.

Thank you for your interest in Our Whole Lives materials. We appreciate your inquiry. Unfortunately, the following materials are currently out of print or running low on stock:

  • Our Whole Lives for Grades K-1  (Low Stock)
  • Our Whole Lives for Grades 10-12 (Out of Stock)
  • Our Whole Lives for Young Adults  (Low Stock)

We are in the process of revising these manuals and expect the revised editions to be available later in 2022 and early 2023. In the meantime, please consult this page for Recommended Updates to the curriculua, should you already have access to a 1st edition of the manuals: Facilitator Resources - United Church of Christ (ucc.org)

​Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please reach out to Amy Johnson, Minister for Sexuality Education and Justice at JohnsonA@ucc.org.

Includes the following resources:

Our Whole Lives Adults: 12 workshops, plus introductory and concluding sessions, but adaptable for many formats.

Our Whole Lives - Young Adults: Written by young adults for young adults, this resource will expand ministry to young adults in church, college and seminary settings. (14 sessions)

Our Whole Lives Grades 10-12: Comprehensive program for grades 10-12 that can be used in religious education programs by teachers and pastors with youth groups, weekend retreats, and youth conferences and camps. Its activities help participants make healthy, well-informed decisions about relationships and sexuality.

Our Whole Lives Grades 7-9, Second Edition
25 90-minute workshops
A sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.

  • This second edition introduces new content, activities, perspectives, language, and resources for today's young teens. New topics include: body image, social media/internet, bullying/bystander responsibilities, and consent education. Popular activities and discussion topics remain, and users have more options for alternate activities and multi-media resources to accommodate their participants' specific needs and interests. A facilitation guide offers suggestions for including youth with special needs in OWL programs. 

Our Whole Lives Grades 4-6, Second Edition: Designed for use by parents, teachers and pastors with youth in grades 4-6. This 10-session program helps participants learn about and discuss the physical and emotional changes of puberty. The program offers accurate, unbiased information on human sexuality to preteens who need it to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.

Our Whole Lives K-1: Supports parents, teachers and pastors in educating children about birth and sexuality. The program affirms all kinds of families and helps children identify and avoid sexual abuse. Activities include stories, songs, arts and crafts.

Our Whole Lives Older Adult: (New) A holistic sexuality education curriculum for older adults. Comprehensive and progressive, this program addresses sexuality with sensitivity and respect for older adults’ wisdom and life experience

Our Whole Lives - Parent Guide, Second Edition: This guide is designed to help parents (and other loving caretakers) respond to children's questions and concerns about sexuality. Used for both the K-1 and 4-6 OWL resources.   

The Our Whole Lives Advocacy Manual is no longer available. Online resource coming soon.**

Sexuality and Our Faith is the faith component book that accompanies Our Whole Lives. By using these books, participants are encouraged to apply their religious values to issues related to sexuality. These resources contains both Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ supplements. The resource is rich with liturgy, meaningful prayers, and music. Resources include:

Sexuality and Our Faith - Older Adults (New)
Sexuality and Our Faith - Adults (14 sessions)
Sexuality and Our Faith - Young Adults (14 sessions)
Sexuality and Our Faith Grades 10-12 (14 sessions)
Sexuality and Our Faith Grades 7-9, Second Edition
(25 Sessions) 
Sexuality and Our Faith Grades 4-6, Second Edition (8 sessions)
Sexuality and Our Faith K-1 (8 sessions)

DVD - Sexuality and Our Faith Visuals (Grades 7-9)
Contact Amy Johnson, Minister for Sexuality Education and Justice

The Advocacy Manual - Online Resource
Contact Amy Johnson, Minister for Sexuality Education and Justice

Working with kids ages 10 and up? It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health is the perfect supplement to Our Whole Lives.

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