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Our Whole Lives Lifespan Sexuality Education Curricula at First UU San Diego

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 5-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults (ages 18-35), and adults.

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 six subject areas: 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.

The Our Whole Lives values are:

• Self Worth

• Sexual Health

• Responsibility

• Justice and Inclusivity

Each level of Our Whole Lives offers:

• Up-to-date information and honest, age-appropriate answers to all participants' questions

• Activities to help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills

• Effective group-building to create a safe and supportive peer group

• Education about sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment

• Opportunities to critique media messages about gender and sexuality

• Acceptance of diversity

• Encouragement to act for justice

• Parent orientation programs that affirm parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children


At First Church, OWL is administered on a rotating, alternating-year schedule, below; for Children in the Fall, for Youth, in the Winter. OWL is also offered at other UU churches within the San Diego cluster.


Group    Past, Current, and [Anticipated Offerings]
 Gr K-1      
Winter 2014, Fall 2016
Gr 4-6       
Fall 2015, Fall 2017
Gr 7-9
       Winter 2010, Winter 2012, Winter 2014, Winter 2016
Gr 10-12   Winter 2011, Winter 2013, 
Winter 2015, [Winter 2017]
Young Adults (ages 18-35)      Not on a regular basis, TBD
 Adults                                       Not on a regular basis, TBD

Further information may be found on the Unitarian Universalist Association website.


Kathe Larick, Coordinator, 619.298.9978 x 210 or kathe@firstuusandiego.org.


K-1 OWL Starts Fall 2016

K-1 OWL begins September 18th, 2016 with parent/guardian orientation and runs through November 20th.

Click here to register.

When: Orientation sessions are on Sunday, September 18th (Parent/Guardians Only) from 1:30 – 3:00 pm & Sunday, September 25th (Parent/Guardians and Children) from 1:30 – 4:00 pm. 

Class sessions begin on Sunday, October 2nd from 1:30-2:30 pm, and continue every Sunday through November 20th.

Attendance is mandatory at both Orientation sessions if you wish to enroll your child in the program. You may register your child for the program at the Parent/Guardian Orientation session on Sunday, September 18th.

How much: $25 per child - to help cover the cost of the books and materials. Each family receives a copy of “It’s PerfectlyNormal” by Robie Harris & Michael Emberley

Who (to contact): If you have any questions, please call Dr. Melissa James, Director of Family and Lifespan, at 619-298-9978, ext. 208 or email her at melissa@firstuusandiego.org.