Our Whole Lives – Sexuality and Faith Education – For Older Elementary Children


“Paired, ‘sex education’ and ‘church’ still sound strange to some ears, but it needn’t be so,” writes Rev Sarah Gibb Millspaugh in the Winter 2011 edition of the UU World. “Now, with a four-decade tradition of honest, comprehensive, health-promoting talk about sexuality—and eleven years of offering specialized curricula for all ages called Our Whole Lives (OWL)—Unitarian Universalist congregations are recognized as leaders in sexuality education. ….Children, youth, and adults have gained knowledge, interpersonal skills, and values that help them live healthier lives and treat others with respect. We celebrate this vital, transformational ministry as we embark on our fifth decade of joining “sex education” and “church” to positively impact the whole person.”

At Albany UU we have a long commitment to offering the year-long OWL course for our 7th and 8th graders. In 2013, we began offering OWL to younger students.

Dave Quist, Religious Education Council member and parent of a child who participated in OWL as a 4th grader shares his thoughts, “OWL provides kids with accurate information about sexuality, a place to ask questions about themselves, a place to learn skills regarding relationships and keeping themselves safe, and a supportive and welcoming community in which to do it. Hats off to FUUSA for providing that gift. Our kids are better off for having the opportunity.” OWls in a row graphic-1

We’d like to offer OWL to our 5th graders this coming fall. I will meet with families with  5th graders to explain more about the program, share the contents and methodology.  Dates of meetings are still in the works.  If you have a 5th grader, watch for an email from me and please plan to attend one of these meetings.

in joyful service,
Leah