Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive, age-appropriate sexuality education curriculum designed to help children and youth make healthy and responsible decisions. Parents attend an orientation session in which the goals, values and subject material of the program are explained. Volunteer facilitators undertake a 15+ hour training program. They volunteer their time, energy and enthusiasm to lead this liberal and comprehensive program.
OWL programs are offered at various times for different age groups and geared towards questions and concerns of that age: You do not need to be members of the church to participate. Contact Kiersten Moore to learn more.
- Ages 9-11 (Grade 4-6)
- * This program will be offered starting January, 2018
- Grades 7-9
- Grades 10-12
The OWL curriculum covers human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health and society and culture. Children and youth receive accurate facts about anatomy, and explore how sexuality relates to their values. They also learn how to build their interpersonal skills, and gain understanding of the spiritual and emotional aspects of sexuality.
Parents and caregivers concurrently gain skills, confidence, and practice in talking with their children about sexuality.
The curriculum values and promotes self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, and inclusivity. Programs address healthy sexual relationships, gender and sexual orientation, equality, sexual harassment, sexualization and media awareness.
For further information, please email Kiersten Moore, Director of Religious Education or phone 604.261.7204, extension 226. Other OWL approved sexuality education resources include the British Columbia based Options for Sexual Health website and their publication on “Becoming an Askable Adult”.
Our parents speak
“The Our Whole Lives (OWL) program is exactly what our children need. The youngest is curious about the differences between boys and girls and the oldest is a young teenager with lots of questions about sexuality and relationships. OWL gives so much more than the sex education they get in school and we are very grateful it is offered at this church. Thank you!”
Supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families. Following a Parent Meeting and Parent/Child Orientation, the 8 sessions engage children with stories, songs and activities and include a weekly HomeLink – a homework project for parents and children to do together. Promotes dialogue between parent and child.
Ages 9-11 (4-6th Grade) – January-March 2018
Ten-session program for learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants will read It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris, and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication and decision making. Each session includes a homework activity for parents and children to complete together.
A sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.
Unlike many other sexuality curricula currently available, this program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics that are typically excluded. (New topics include body image, social media/internet, bullying/bystander responsibilities, and consent education.)
Using a comprehensive approach, this program helps senior-high youth gain the knowledge, life principles and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways. Our program is run on a regional basis as two weekend long “cons” – overnight events at different congregations in the area. There are different workshops offered at each event and a youth will attend 3 weekends to complete their program and “graduate”.
Using values, communication skills and spirituality as starting points, this program explores sexuality issues for adults of all ages. Builds understanding of healthy sexual relationships, affirms diversity and helps participants accept and affirm their own sexuality throughout their lives. These sessions are often run as one off topics or as short series based upon the participants knowledge and interests.