Our Whole Lives

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education program. OWL equips students of all ages and genders with accurate, age-appropriate information and skills to help them lead sexually healthy, positive, and responsible lives.

Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL addresses a wide range of topics including body image, relationships, social media/internet, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexually transmitted infections, contraceptives, pornography, and cultural influences on sexuality. Through engaging activities and discussions, OWL helps participants to clarify their own values and to build their interpersonal skills.

OWL is used nationwide in a variety of community settings including schools, youth serving agencies, and faith-based communities. Although developed by two progressive, faith-based organizations (UCC and UU denominations), OWL is secular in content and contains no religious doctrine.

This year’s OWL Program

During the 2022-2023 school year, Hillside Community Church and Sanctuary UCC are proud to offer OWL programming for students in grades 8 and 9.

To learn more about the program and its schedule or to register your child, please visit the website of our partner church, Sanctuary UCC, by clicking the button below: