OWL About It! (December 2023)
- OWL for K-1, 2nd edition! The secular “OWL-only” version of OWL for K-1, 2nd Edition is now available! Order from www.uccresources.com or www.uuabookstore.org today!
- OWL for Grades 4-6, 2nd edition REPRINT with updates!
- OWL for K-1, 2nd Edition – UCC Version with Sexuality and Our Faith included in the manuscript and OWL for K-1, 2nd Edition—UUA Version with Sexuality and Our Faith included in the manuscript.
- OWL for Grades 7-9, 2nd edition REPRINT with updates!
- OWL for Grades 10-12, 2nd edition
2024 Online OWL Training dates now available AND OPEN TO ALL! Application windows and links at www.uua.org/re/owl and Our Whole Lives Training Schedule. These trainings are more intensive in number of hours than an in-person training. They are spread out over 3 weeks (two 2.5-hour Zoom sessions per week, as well as some asynchronous work in between sessions, and a Saturday class to end with). Asynchronous work is front-loaded for before the training begins and the first week of the training.
NOTE: Spaces are limited, and spots fill quickly.
The UCC and UUA honor church and congregation autonomy while also recommending that before in-person Our Whole Lives programs and trainings resume, programs and trainings be scheduled in accordance with your state and local health department recommendations.
“Under Your Wing” video series for parents of young children, hosted by Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot, authors of the 2nd edition of K-1 OWL. Under Your Wing: Our Whole Lives Sexuality and https://www.uua.org/re/owl/videos-k-1 Resource list here.
Monthly OWL Taking Flight webinars occur the 1st Wednesday of the month from 12-1 ET.
January: Airlie Anderson, Author of the children’s book, Neither, joins us.
February: Grade 10-12 Updates
- Click on the webinar you’d like to see on the playlist.
- Under the screen where the webinar plays, where is shows the number of views, you will see a Show More link.
- Click on that and you will see any resources shared in that webinar.
FAQ: New Format for Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education and Sexuality and Our Faith
Why are some OWL curricula now sold as loose-leaf pages instead of bound books?
Not binding the books means that we can provide you with replacement pages as soon as we learn that corrections, updates, or additions are needed rather than waiting for inventory to be depleted and new books to be printed. This allows us to provide you the most up-to-date and accurate content possible as well as to make changes quickly based on feedback around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
How will I know when replacement pages are issued for my loose-leaf copy of OWL?
Replacement pages will be published online at www.uua.org/re/owl/facilitators and Facilitator Resources. We encourage you to check online for replacement pages in real time as you are planning your workshops. To update your copy of OWL, print out the replacement pages and swap them for the old pages. The curriculum is paginated per workshop to allow new pages to be added without renumbering the pages for the whole publication.
In the UUA InSpirit Bookstore and UCC Resources, I see the OWL curriculum I want but not Sexuality and Our Faith. What should I do if I want the UU or UCC content?
Typically, the secular edition is published first. If you want the religious content, you should wait and order the UU or UCC edition when it becomes available.
I already purchased OWL for Grades K-1, 2nd ed. in loose-leaf format. How do I acquire the UU or UCC Sexuality and Our Faith content when it becomes available, and what will it cost?
OWL K-1 is the first OWL product in the new format. We expect to make the UU and UCC editions available in late 2023 for a cost of $58. If you have already bought OWL K-1 without realizing that Sexuality and Our Faith is no longer a separate companion book, please send your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and request a free PDF of the UU or UCC edition.
Why are some OWL levels in the new format while others are not?
As manuscripts for new editions are completed, they will be rolled out in the new format. Eventually, every OWL level will be published in a loose-leaf format for secular, UU, and UCC editions.
Will there still be entire new editions periodically?
Yes. Every level of OWL will be periodically reviewed and updated for content, but being able to issue replacement pages means that you don’t have to worry that the edition you’re using is terribly out of date.
The July 2022 webinar was about Framing Conversations About Restarting OWL Programs. If you are considering offering an in-person Our Whole Lives program, we highly recommend you watch this webinar, which includes lots of thoughtful information about what to consider and how to structure your re-entry time. The entire webinar playlist is here.
We continue our work to incorporate a more intentional anti-racism lens into Our Whole Lives curricula and training. This work is in process. In the meantime, please see our Anti-Racism resource section for families, and check out this video about how comprehensive sexuality education impacts anti-racism work.
If you have questions, please contact Amy Johnson, UCC Minister for Sexuality Education and Justice at JohnsonA@ucc.org or Melanie Davis, UUA Our Whole Lives Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We remain in service and in solidarity with you!