Sexuality & Relationships Program for Middle Schoolers
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive set of programs to support people of all ages in learning about their bodies, practicing healthy communication skills, reflecting on relationships, and more. UUC hopes to offer a program for middle-schoolers based on the OWL curriculum in the first half of 2021. Click here to express interest.
Due to pandemic-related safety restrictions, we may need to adapt the OWL curriculum. The creators of the program, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, require strict adherence to the curriculum in order to call our program "OWL." Thus, we will be calling our program by a different name this year.
The curriculum is 25 sessions that are each 90-minutes long. Below is the list of topics.
Unit One: Introduction
Workshop 1: What Is Sexuality?
Workshop 2: Examining Values
Workshop 3: The Language of Sexuality
Unit Two: You, As a Sexual Being
Workshop 4: Anatomy and Physiology
Workshop 5: Personal Concerns about Puberty
Workshop 6: Body Image
Workshop 7: Gender Identity
Workshop 8: Gender Expression, Roles, and Stereotypes
Workshop 9: Sexual Orientation
Workshop 10: Guest Panel
Workshop 11: Sexuality and Disability
Unit Three: Relationships
Workshop 12: Healthy Relationships
Workshop 13: Relationship Skills
Unit Four: Contemporary Issues
Workshop 14: Sexuality, Social Media and the Internet
Workshop 15: Bullying and Bystander Responsibilities
Unit Five: Responsible Sexual Behavior
Workshop 16: Redefining Abstinence
Workshop 17: Lovemaking
Workshop 18: Consent Education
Unit Six: STIs, Pregnancy, and Parenting Decisions
Workshop 19: Sexually Transmitted Infections
Workshop 20: Pregnancy, Parenting, and Teen Parenting
Workshop 21: Unintended Pregnancy Options
Workshop 22: Contraception and Safer Sex
Unit Seven: Communicating about Sexuality
Workshop 23: Sexual Decision Making
Workshop 24: Communicating with a Sexual Partner
Workshop 25: Self Care, Celebration, and Closure
Descriptions of each workshop can be found by following this link and clicking on "Table of Contents" under the book's image.
Sexuality & Our Faith
Why teach about sexuality in a religious community?
The choices we make about sexuality and relationships reflect our values, which are integrally tied to our faith. A more thorough explanation of this is coming soon.
Resources for Parents & Caregivers
More coming soon!
A Note Regarding Registration...
Registering your children and youth in the Religious Enrichment (RE) program provides us with accurate information to help us run high-quality programming and ensure that you receive the latest information. We ask that newcomers fill out a registration form to inform us of your children’s interests, special needs, and food allergies.
We do not charge a fee for our religious enrichment program. If you would like to make a voluntary donation, see the options here, and thank you!