Our Whole Lives at UCC Midland
Our religious heritage compels and guides us in creating a safe environment where people can come to understand and respond to the challenges facing them as sexual beings. As a faith community, we promote justice for all people and we affirm the dignity of every individual, the importance of personal responsibility, and the essential interdependence of all peoples.
We currently offer Our Whole Lives programming at the K/1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-6th grade levels. We are working on adding 7th-9th grade, and Adult programming in the near future.
Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.) is a positive, comprehensive, and age-appropriate educational program. The goal is for trained O.W.L. teachers to work with parents and form a meaningful partnership for positive and responsible sexuality education. We start at age 5, with the belief that sexuality is a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming attitudes and values about identity and relationships, intimacy and health. The classes include Bible readings and prayers to help children make vital connections between their faith and their sexuality. Learning about sexuality while in their church gives children the important message that sexuality is a gift of God, and that their church cares deeply about all aspects of their development.
Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, health and behavior in the context of their faith. 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. It provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills and understand the social, emotional and spiritual aspects of sexuality.
For additional information about curricula for the six OWL age groups download the following OWL information flyers:
Our Whole Lives Training Registration
7th - 9th & 10th - 12th grade
United Church of Christ, Midland, Michigan
Friday, May 19, 1:00pm - 8:00pm (Snacks and Dinner Provided)
Saturday, May 20, 9:00am - 8:00pm (Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, and Dinner Provided)
Sunday, May 21, 12:00pm - 3:00pm (lunch and snacks provided)
Training Cost is $150.00 per person
The registration fee covers the cost of the workshop including: trainers, meals, and supplies. The required Our Whole Lives manuals are not included.
The registration fee is waived for those who regularly attend UCC Midland.
Accommodations for the training at Baymont Inn & Suites (2200 W. Wackerly St). Individuals need to call Baymont at (989) 631-0070 and book their room under the OWL Training block of rooms. The rate is $99.99/night for a room with 2 queen beds. Amenities, directions, and hotel information is available here.
Why would I want to participate in an Our Whole Lives training?
Implementing the nation’s most highly regarded sexuality education curriculum is a big responsibility. Training prepares facilitators to succeed in this role.
- Curriculum overview and implementation guidance
- Facilitation practice
- Recommendations for addressing special education and behavioral challenges
- Clarification of facilitator/parent/participant roles
- Education in placing sexuality in a religious and spiritual context
- Access to Sexuality and Our Faith visuals (for secondary levels)
- Self-assessment of comfort and readiness to facilitate
- Trainer assessment and feedback
- Access to Our Whole Lives email list for peer support
Register by completing the form below. Fields marked with an asterisk are required. Cred card payment for the training can be submitted by clicking here. You will find the OWL Training field in the Donations section of that page. If paying by check, make checks payable to: UCC Midland and send registration fee to:
United Church of Christ
Attn: Jennifer Ringgold
4100 Chestnut Hill Dr.
Midland, MI 48642