Elementary Our Whole Lives Training, Columbia, MD, Sept 6-8, 2019
Elementary Our Whole Lives Training MD 919
2019-09-06 15:00:00
2019-09-08 15:00:00
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 3:00 pm EDT to Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 3:00 pm EDT

Type of event: Training

Sponsor: Central East Region of the UUA, UU Congregation of Columbia, Columbia, MD

Our Whole Lives Training will be offered for Elementary (K-1 and 4-6) Ages at the UU Congregation of Columbia, MD.

Training will take place Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, 2019. Generally trainings will begin at 3 pm on Friday and ends at 3 pm on Sunday. Times will be confirmed in the participant welcome letter. Please be aware that attendance is required at all part of each training session for certification.

Registration is LIMITED to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.  Deadline to register is August 23, 2019.

Cost: $340.00. The fee includes registration, materials, light dinner on Friday, breakfast/lunch/dinner and snacks on Saturday, breakfast/lunch/snacks on Sunday, leaders' fees, administrative costs. Housing is NOT included. Limited home hospitality may be available, please contact Patricia Infante at pinfante [at] uua [dot] org for details. Registration fees are refundable minus a $5 administrative charge up to the registration deadline. Fees are not refundable after that date but can be transferred to another participant.

Scholarships for $50, 75 or 100 are available to those who are attending from the Central East Region however we do recommend that you look for other sources of scholarships such as your congregation. See the registration form for details.

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Trainers: Jennifer Nichols and Sandra Greenfield.

Participants should bring their copies of the Our Whole Lives Curricula and Sexuality and Our Faith for the ages they are being trained with them. Please look the materials over and become familiar with them before you arrive. Additional supplies to bring will be included in your participant letter. If you need to order copies of the curricula, please do so as soon as possible from the UUA bookstore.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is an excellent, comprehensive sexuality education program that offers our young people the opportunity to explore their values, gain accurate information about topics that are often not easily accessible. The overall goal of the Our Whole Lives program is to help participants gain the knowledge, values, and skills they need to lead sexually healthy, responsible lives. We are proud that our congregations recognize that in order for young people to grow into spiritually whole, mature individuals we need to address the topic of sexuality. The material on Sexuality and Our Faith connects our religious beliefs with sexuality, spirituality, and issues on justice.

The Our Whole Lives teacher training will cover the curricula for this age level only. The goals of this workshop are to prepare the participants to implement the curriculum as well as the Sexuality and Our Faith component. Through a varied program including practice and participation activities, the trainers will cover implementation techniques, information about development for this age level, curricula details, and technical information.

Our Whole Lives leaders will have a commitment to values-based, comprehensive sexuality education, have willingness to affirm the Our Whole Lives program goals, values, and philosophy, have a demonstrated ability to appreciate and work with people of diverse races, cultures, ages, abilities, and sexual and gender orientations and have the ability to provide a safe, engaging learning environment.

This training is an opportunity not only to learn about the program and how to lead it, but also to see how comfortable you are as an Our Whole Lives leader. At the end of the weekend, you and we, the trainers, may determine that teaching Our Whole Lives is not the best fit for you at this time. And that is fine. The most important thing is that each of us be open and honest about our comfort and abilities in facilitating sexuality education in the best possible way with our young people and adults. 

Note, there are age requirements to be an Our Whole Live facilitator. Unitarian Universalist and Canadian Unitarian Council training participants must be at least 25 years of age to register for Elementary and Secondary trainings; at least 21 years for Young Adult/Adult. United Church of Christ and Community (all other faiths and organizations) participants must be at least 21 years of age for all levels of training.

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If you have questions about the Our Whole Lives Program please visit the OWL webpages for this program.


7246 Cradlerock Way
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UU Congregation of Columbia
7246 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-5048
United States
UU Congregation of Columbia, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

For more information contact cer@uua.org.

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