Our Whole Lives (OWL) Curriculum
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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.
Our Whole Lives includes the following resources:
Our Whole Lives K-1: Supports parents, teachers and pastors in educating children about bodies, safety, babies and more. The program affirms all kinds of families and helps children identify and avoid sexual abuse. Activities include stories, songs, arts and crafts.[NOTE: This curriculum is currently under revision. Projected availability date for 2nd edition is Fall 2022]
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, factual information on human sexuality to preteens who need it to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.
It's Perfectly Normal: This is a companion resource to Our Whole Lives for Grades 4-6. It includes information that augments what is taught in OWL, and is recommended reading in between workshops.
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.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.
Topics include: body image, social media/internet, bullying/bystander responsibilities, and consent education, as well as values, communication, anatomy, reproduction, identity, orientation, and more. A facilitation guide offers suggestions for including youth with special needs in OWL programs.
Our Whole Lives Grades 10-12: NOTE: Currently out of print. Projected date for publication of 2nd edition is late 2022
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 - 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 Adults: 12 workshops, plus introductory and concluding sessions, but adaptable for many formats.
Our Whole Lives Older Adult: 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.
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