Our Whole Lives

OWL: Sexuality Education 
Grades 7th- 8th
at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship and First Congregational Church of Bellingham, United Church of Christ are teaming up to offer our community a comprehensive Lifespan Our Whole Lives (OWL) program.  

Development appropriate OWL is offered at six levels:  

7-8TH GRADE - MANDATORY Parent Orientation Dec. 30, 2017 @ 6m
A sexuality Education Program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world. 
This year classes will be Sleepovers the first Saturday of the month, January through June.

k-1st grade - Winter 2018

Supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families. Following a Parent Meeting and Parent/Child Orientation, the 8 sessions engage children with stories, songs and activities.

4-6th grade - Spring 2019

 8-session program for learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants will read It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris, and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication and decision making. 


10-12th grade - Spring 2018

Using a comprehensive approach, this program helps senior-high youth gain the knowledge, life principles and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways. 

YOUNG ADULT - Winter 2019

Helps participants navigate young adulthood with accurate information, increased self-knowledge, enhanced safety and strengthened interpersonal skills.

ADULT - Winter 2018

Using values, communication skills and spirituality as starting points, this program explores sexuality issues for adults of all ages. Builds understanding of healthy sexual relationships, affirms diversity and helps participants accept and affirm their own sexuality throughout their lives.