OWL About It! (March 2023)
Still to come: 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. This should be available later this summer. If you have ordered the secular version, you will be able to request a pdf of the faith version at no cost. Contact Rev. Amy Johnson at JohnsonA@ucc.org or Dr. Melanie Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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 UUA Our Whole Lives Facilitator Resources and UCC 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 summer 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Wherever you are when you are reading this, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well cared for. Here are our spring highlights:
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.
2023 Online OWL Training dates now available! These are open to UCC and UUA members. You can find application windows and links at Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education 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. If you are an experienced OWL facilitator and are willing to serve as a mentor to new facilitators starting new OWL programs in their churches, please contact Amy Johnson at JohnsonA@ucc.org or Melanie Davis at MJDavis@uua.org.
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 expert guidance from the CDC and 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 Videos for Parents of Grade K-1 Children. Resource list 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 email@example.com. We remain in service and in solidarity with you!