Our Whole Lives, or OWL, is a series of six comprehensive sexuality curricula for children, teenagers, young adults (18-35-year-olds) and adults published by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries. Publication was the result of seven years of collaborative effort by the two faiths to prepare material which addresses sexuality throughout the lifespan in age-appropriate ways.
The Our Whole Lives program operates under the idea that well informed youth and young adults make better, healthier decisions about sexuality than those without complete information. OWL strives to be unbiased and teaches about heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, and transgender sexual health. In addition to information on sex, OWL is intended to help children, youth, and adults to be emotionally healthy and responsible in terms of their sexuality.
There are four OWL curricula designed for the American school grades of K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, plus one for young adults (18-35-year-olds) and one for adults.
Each session of the Our Whole Lives curriculum can include the "Sexuality and Our Faith" companion, which comes in separate versions for UUA and UCC communities. Without "Sexuality and Our Faith," the programs have no religious material and are thus appropriate for use in schools and other non-religious institutions.
In Unitarian Universalist congregations the grades 7-9 OWL curriculum replaced About Your Sexuality, which went out of print in the 1990s.
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