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 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 United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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Coming soon! Our Whole Lives for Grades K-1 UCC Version—with Sexuality and Our Faith material included!

Thank you for your interest in Our Whole Lives materials and for your patience while we are hard at work updating our resources. The following materials are currently out of stock, but we hope to have them back soon! If you are taking an OWL training and need any of the following resources, please contact owl@ucc.org to inquire about receiving non updated material in pdf form for the training.

·       Our Whole Lives for Grades K-1—expecting pre-orders this summer

·       Our Whole Lives for Grades 7-9—expecting pre-orders this summer

·       Our Whole Lives for Grades 10-12 –expecting pre-orders this summer

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

Our Whole Lives includes the following resources:

Our Whole Lives K-1: This second edition of Our Whole Lives, K-1 offers new and expansive ways of addressing gender identity and roles, sexual orientation, race, ability, and more for children and their families.

Bundle - 8 books
All the storybooks needed for Our Whole Lives for Grades K-1, 2nd edition in one bundle! Save 15 % when you purchase them all in this bundle. 8 books below:  $123.94

The Bare Naked Book by Kathy Stinson, 2021
This loosely rhyming book celebrates a bodies with different colors, shapes and sizes, and normalizes diversity.  Uses the term “genitals” so adult readers can use terms that work with their child’s body and identity. $21.95

Neither by Airlie Anderson
This is a story about not fitting in that begins in the Land of This and That where one has to choose one of two identities, until a creature is born that declares itself Both. Being Both is unacceptable, so Both is declared Neither and should find Somewhere Else. Eventually Both finds The Land of All, where all  are welcome.  $16.99

More Than Fluff by Madeline Valentine
A humorous and timely book about an adorable fuzzy child who navigates bodily autonomy and consent. Great conversation starter.

A Family is A Family is A Family by Sara O’Leary
A teachers asks children to think about what makes their families special. Even though what makes each family special is different, they are all full of caring people. $18.95

The Science of Babies by Deborah Roffman
A board book about bodies, birth and families that answers questions like “Where did I come from?” Matter-of-fact, with colorful illustrations. $14.99

What Makes A Baby by Cory Silverberg
An origin story for all families and all children, without gendering people or body parts. Most parents and families will be able to talk about how babies come to be without having to erase parts of their own experience. $18.95

Nine Months by Miranda Paul
A family of three spend nine months waiting for a new baby to join them. $8.99

A Child is Born by Lennart Nilsson
A classic book offering a glimpse of the world within the womb. Beautiful photographs. $26.00

OWL-Grades 4-6, 2nd Edition (reprinted with updates 11/2023): 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: Out of Print.
Thank you for your interest in The Parent Guide to Our Whole Lives for Grades K-1 and Grades 4-6. In partnership with the UUA, the UCC is phasing out the written parent guide for OWL. The following resources are available for parents and caregivers. For questions about these and updates for any future resources for parents, please contact owl@ucc.org.

Under Your Wing Video Series Free Resource. Short videos for parents and caregivers of 5-7 year olds about topics covered in Our Whole Lives for Grades K-1.


Parents and Caregivers As Sexuality Educators  This is a free downloadable curriculum that is usable with parents in a group setting. Flexible in terms of how many workshops are offered, and the parents can have any age children. 

Parents and Caregivers As Sexuality Educators:  (Free PDF Download)
Finally! A resource for parents and caregivers to explore their roles as primary sexuality educators of their children. Written with UCC prayer, scripture, and reflection pieces, this small group ministry format resource can be used with parents and caregivers of any age children or teens, and is customizable to your group's particular interest. Download your FREE copy today.

Our Whole Lives Grades 7-9, Second Edition
25 90-minute workshops
Being reprinted - expected May 2024

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 March 2024

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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