Pacific Northwest District - UUA

'Our Whole Lives' Facilitator Trainings
  Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest District 


Our Whole Lives 
         Facilitator Training for Grades 7-9 and 10-12
                                 August 22- 24, 2014
Saltwater UU Church, Des Moines, WA
Our Whole Lives is based on the philosophy of comprehensive sexuality education, which helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. 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. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, comprehensive sexuality education provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but support for participants to clarify their values, integrate sexual and spiritual understandings, build interpersonal skills, and understand the emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality.
Who should attend the training?
This training is for those facilitators in each congregation who will lead this class. It is designed for use by a gender inclusive co-facilitation team. It works best if all members of the team take the training at the same time. For more information, contact Dana Regan, CRE at

WHEN: Friday, August 22 (6:00 pm) – Sunday, August 24 (3:00 pm)

WHERE: Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church
25701 - 14th Place S. Des Moines, WA 98198

QUESTIONS: Dana Regan, PNWD Lead RE Consultant, 971-506-0481 or email at

BRING YOUR OWL MATERIALS!: OWL curriculum for the level you will be teaching; plus, Sexuality and Our Faith. These can be purchased at the UUA Bookstore For important details related to the new editions, see special note below.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Home Hospitality requests must be made on your registration form prior to August 6.

Registration Fees


$250 if received by August 6.

$285 if received between August 6 and 13. 

 Registration is FULL, taking wait list registrations only. Do not pay if you register after 7/2/14. 

Special Note about Revised Curriculum from the UUA Faith Development Office:

"Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9, 2nd ed., will be released October 24, 2014. We encourage you to pre-order to ensure that your copy arrives as quickly as possible. To pre-order, call the UUA Bookstore at 1-800-215-9076.

Sexuality and Our Faith for Grades 7-9, 2nd ed., will be released at a later date but is also available for pre-order.

Webinars to Introduce the OWL and SoF, 2nd ed.

Facilitators are strongly encouraged to attend a free webinar introducing the new content, activities, and best practices gleaned from OWL facilitators, trainers and UUA staff. The webinar will be repeated three times before being archived for anyone who cannot attend in real time. Please pre-register by sending an email to

Facilitator Webinar Dates

September 16, 2014, 1-2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

September 17, 2014, 8-9:30 pm EST

September 30, 2014, 8-9:30 p.m. EST

OWL Scheduling

If your OWL program begins in September or October, you may start with the 1st edition and migrate into the 2nd edition content when it arrives, since Workshops 1-5 in the 2nd edition are very similar to those in the 1st edition. If you begin your OWL program in November or later, you may not need to adjust your schedule.

Parent Orientation: You may need to delay your program start if you wish to have the revised curriculum in hand during the Parent Orientation. Another option is to present the orientation session on the usual date, sharing the new Table of Contents and giving descriptions of the entirely new workshops. These descriptions will be posted on the OWL page of at in the What’s New area. Assure parents that they may review the 2nd edition when it arrives.

Sexuality and Our Faith (SoF): If you do not have the revised edition of SoF in hand at the start of your OWL program, your facilitators can use much of the 1st edition content with OWL workshop topics that appear in both the 1st and 2nd editions of OWL. A workshop on pornography is included in the revised edition of SoF, rather than OWL. If your congregation wishes to offer this workshop, please add it to your calendar after OWL Workshop 18 (2nd ed.), and discuss the workshop during the Parent Orientation. Parents will be able to read the workshop plan upon publication of Sexuality and Our Faith 2nd ed.

OWL Changes: There are now 7 units instead of 11, and the units are comprised of 25 workshops rather than 27. If you add the Sexually Explicit Media workshop, the workshop total is 26. Please note that some workshops focus on topics that were not in the 1st edition. Most of the other workshops have new approaches and activities. The gender and orientation language has been updated throughout."

Jessica York, Faith Development Director, UUA Faith Development Office
Melanie Davis, OWL Program Associate, UUA Faith Development Office 
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