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Our Whole Lives (OWL) – Lifespan Sexuality Education

Honest, accurate, age-appropriate 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. First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis is proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL) – a comprehensive lifespan sexuality education curriculum provided by certified volunteer OWL facilitators from the congregation.

Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally-appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.

We at FUS and our OWL program facilitators recognize and respect the diversity of participants with respect to biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and disability status in addition to cultural and racial background. The activities and language used throughout the program have been carefully chosen to be as inclusive as possible of this human diversity.

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives.

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Some specific requirements have been established for youth participation in the OWL program. These requirements have been established due to of the sensitivity of the OWL program content, as well as the need to create a covenantal relationship between the class participants, parents & guardians, and the volunteer facilitators:

  • Youth must be pre-registered to participate in the class. No drop-in youth or guests are permitted during OWL classes. 
  • All custodial parents & guardians must attend a complete Parent or Guardian Orientation led by our volunteer facilitators. Parents & guardians must also complete a signed permission form in order for the youth to attend any OWL class. This is true even if you have children in both 4th or 5th and 8th or 9th OWL or if you have attended orientation in the past for a child who attended OWL.
  • Parents/Guardians and youth must commit to ensuring attendance at OWL classes.

Pre-registration is required.


OWL classes are offered every other program year, starting in odd years (e.g., 2021-22). Grade 8 to 9 OWL is offered for a full program year. Grade 4 to 5 OWL is offered for half of the program year.

Programs typically start in the fall, but sometimes start in the winter-spring term.


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Allison Wyeth, Director of Religious Education