Our Whole Lives (OWL)
OWL offers a profound opportunity for our middle-grades youth to deepen their faith and put their values into practice. The curriculum fosters meaningful dialogue among peers in a safe and respectful setting in a context of sexual and emotional health. Youth have opportunities to identify, clarify, and discuss issues within the entire spectrum of sexuality, including self-esteem, media images, gender identity, relationship building, communication, and caring, and to learn important facts about the human body, sexual harassment and abuse, and sexual practices. The curriculum was recently updated to include lessons on social media and pornography. Critical-thinking, decision-making, and communication skills are fostered and practiced throughout the two terms of the program.
Please note: To register for this class, students must attend Sunday School for three months prior to class.
The updated OWL curriculum is online, in a password-protected area of our website. To view the curriculum, click here.
The next OWL class begins in March 2018, and we are accepting registrations now. To take part in OWL, students must attend Sunday School for three months prior to the first session. Pre-registration for this two-term program is required, and weekly attendance is expected. To cover the costs associated with this program, parents or guardians are asked to contribute $100 per child attending OWL. If this presents a hardship for you, please speak to Tina Schultz, Director of Religious Education (tina @ firstparish.info).
If you have any questions about OWL, please contact Tina Schulz.
March 4 Parent Orientation
Unit One: Introduction
March 11 Workshop 1: What Is Sexuality?
March 13 and 15 Visuals Viewing Options (parents only)
March 18 Workshop 2: Examining Values
March 25 Workshop 3: The Language of Sexuality
Unit Two: You, as a Sexual Being
April 1 No Class (Easter)
April 8 Workshop 4: Anatomy and Physiology (includes visuals)
April 15 No Class (school break)
April 22 Workshop 5: Personal Concerns About Puberty
April 29 Workshop 6: Body Image
May 6 Workshop 7: Disability
May 13 No Class (Mother’s Day)
May 20 Workshop 8: Gender Identity
May 27 No Class (Memorial Day)
June 3 Workshop 9: Gender Expression, Roles, and Stereotypes
June 10 Workshop 10: Sexual Orientation
June 17 Workshop 11: Gender Panel
Unit Three: Relationships
September 9 Workshop 12: Healthy Relationships
September 16 Workshop 13: Relationship Skills
Unit Four: Contemporary Issues
September 23 Workshop 14: Sexuality, Social Media, and the Internet
Unit Five: Responsible Sexual Behavior
October 1 Workshop 15: Redefining Abstinence, and Masturbation (includes visuals)
October 7 No Class—Columbus Day
October 14 Workshop 16: Sexual Intimacy (includes visuals)
October 21 Workshop 17: Consent Education
Note: Workshop 17 is a half-hour longer than usual. Class begins at 6:30, and pizza will be offered at 6:10.
October 28 Workshop 18: Pornography
Unit Six: Sexually Transmitted Infections, Pregnancy, and Parenting
November 4 Workshop 19: Sexually Transmitted Infections
November 11 Workshop 20: Unplanned Pregnancy Options
November 18 Workshop 21: Contraception and Safer Sex
November 25 No Class (Thanksgiving)
Unit Seven: Communicating About Sexuality
December 2 Workshop 22: Sexual Decision Making
December 9 Workshop 23: Communicating with a Sexual Partner
December 16 Workshop 24: Self-Care, Celebration and Closure