​OWL (Our Whole Lives) Lifespan Sexuality Education

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    Location: Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Ave Louisville, KY 40206
    Contact: Ken Meyers

    Register Today! Our Whole Lives Curriculum for Sexuality Education and Our Faith For Those Who Work With Junior & Senior High Students

    The resource is OWL, Our Whole Lives, and is produced by the United Church of Christ (UCC). Carole Collins and Ken Meyers (both trained) will join Houston Hall and Kelly Burd in leadership for this three-day training in Louisville, Ky.

    Dates and Times: October 19-21, 2017 We begin at 5pm on Thursday, October 19 and end at 3pm on Saturday, October 21

    Place: Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Ave Louisville, KY 40206, http://chbcky.org/

    Registration Cost: $310 (travel, lodging and 2 meals not included)

    Class: Limited to 20 participants for adults who work with junior and senior high youth 

    To Register (deadline is September 22, 2017):

    **registrations will open to our ecumenical partners on August 1, so register today to secure your spot!**

    1. Pay the $310 registration fee online, referencing "OWL" in the notes at allianceofbaptists.org/makeagift

    2. Fill out and return this Registration Form to Cathy@allianceofbaptists.org . If you have any issues downloading the form, contact Cathy. 


    Please note:

    • Fee includes all training and meals except 2 on your own.
    • Training is for Adult Jr/Sr High leadership.
    • You will need to secure housing and order the curriculum (info below)
    • Contact Ken Meyers, leadership and faith formation specialist with programming questions at Kenneth@allianceofbaptists.org

    Housing Options:

    Curriculum (purchase required)Participants will be using the UCC (United Church of Christ) version of the OWL curriculum. Order as soon as possible and bring with you. Call 800-537-3394 and let them know you are attending this training in Louisville. Purchase is for Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith. (the “secondary curriculum, also known as the Jr/Sr High, grades 7-9/10-12). You will be eligible for a 25% reduction! Order now and become familiar with the resource.

    Kelly Burd currently serves as pastor of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, a racially and culturally diverse Open and Affirming and Just Peace church located in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2007 Kelly accepted an opportunity to coordinate the 2008 National Youth Event, the quadrennial gathering that influenced her faith as a teenager. After the event she served in the national offices of the UCC as Interim Minister for Youth and Young Adults, where she was trained to teach the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program co-published by the UCC and the Unitarian Universalist Association. She went on to be trained in all age groups for OWL and is now a trainer for all age groups as well. Kelly supported the OWL program as a staff person in UCC Justice and Witness Ministries for two years before her call to Pilgrim Church in 2014.

    D. Houston Hall describes himself as a trans-denominationalist (his own word creation). For over eight years he has been an Intentional Interim now serving in his fifth congregation.
    For over 13 years he has been a Trainer of Teachers for Our Whole Lives – sexuality and faith curriculum He is trained in all six levels. 

    More information on OWL

    The following describes the UCC (United Church of Christ) curriculum for church leadership of the junior and senior high school youth.

    The UCC sexuality resources are based on a philosophy of comprehensive sexuality education which helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. Our programs equip 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, Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps leaders to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality as well.

    Sexuality and Our Faith provides biblical grounding for each of the lessons and helps interweave our faith values with this important and sacred topic.

    This is an intensive weekend training designed to prepare your potential facilitators to teach Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith program. The cost of the curriculum materials will NOT be included in the training registration fee. Curriculum materials can be purchased prior to the training by contacting UCC Resources. Please be sure to budget accordingly for these expenses. In order to teach Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith, a team of leaders of different genders needs to be trained from each church.

    The facilitators who implement the curriculum are important determinants of program success. Thus it is very important for group leaders to be highly skilled in communication and facilitation, in managing the learning process so that activities are truly aimed at accomplishing objectives, and in using a variety of teaching techniques, such as role play. They must have the ability to create an atmosphere that engages the age group and to use language and communication styles that are relevant and age-appropriate. Leaders must have a comfort with the subject matter, and must be willing to support the values and goals of the program.

    Finally, leaders must have the patience, stamina, and creativity necessary to manage the vast differences in maturity, experience, ability to dialogue, and attention spans present in a group of participants. For more information on identifying inappropriate facilitators, visit www.uua.org/re/owl/23666.shtml