Our Whole Lives Facilitator Training Workshops

While COVID-19 and its variants remain a concern, the Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ will not host in-person Our Whole Lives trainings. The in-person trainings on this calendar are hosted independently of the UUA and UCC.

Online Grades 7-9/10-12 trainings will begin in January 2022. Cost will be $250 per person, limited to UUs in the US and Canadian and UCC applicants. Full payment is due 30 days before the first synchronous session, and $100 of that is non-refundable within 7 days before the first session.

Due to high UU demand, we will limit applicants to two per UU setting. If your setting already has at least two approved facilitators, please wait until the summer to register someone else. This will help congregations with zero or only one trained facilitator.

Online training consists of asynchronous material (read/viewed and responded to independently), plus synchronous (live) weeknight and Saturday sessions. Do not register for any training unless you are sure you available for every synchronous session. Backing out due to scheduling problems prevents someone else from being trained.

January Online Trainings -- UU Slots Full; UCC Slots Open

Synchronous meetings will be held from 6-8:30 pm in both ET and PT time zones on Mondays Jan 10, 17, and 24 and Thursdays Jan 13, 20, and 27. In addition, there is a mandatory session Saturday, Jan 29 from 10 to 3 pm. Mountain and Central times will vary depending on which training you register for. The deadline to register is November 30, 2021. Please choose the training closest to your own time zone.

March Online Trainings 

Synchronous meetings will be held from 6-8:30 pm in both ET and PT time zones on Mondays March 7, 14, and 21 and Thursdays March 10, 17, and 24. In addition, there is a mandatory session Saturday March 26 from 10 am to 3 pm. Mountain and Central times will vary depending on which training you register for. The deadline to register is January 30, 2022. Please choose the training closest to your time zone.

Online trainings for the Elementary and Adult levels are expected to begin by August 2022.

Age Minimums for live and online trainings: Participants must be at least 21 years of age to register for any training, and if working with teens, they should be at least four years older than the oldest teen in the program. We recommend co-facilitating with an older facilitator. This is a change from previous UUA policy, which set an age 25 minimum for the Elementary and Secondary trainings.

Training participants are responsible for purchasing and reviewing the most-current edition of the curriculum in advance and reading through it before the training. Do not buy or borrow a first edition of the 7-9 or 4-6 curriculum. They are out of date in terms of language and learning concepts.

All Adult-level trainings include Young Adult, Adult, and Older Adult material. Facilitators previously approved to implement only Young Adult and Adult levels may attend a free webinar to become approved to facilitate the Older Adult level. The Religious Education page has archived that webinar and other Our Whole Lives-related webinars under Faith Development Webinars.

Visit the United Church of Christ Our Whole Lives Training Calendar, which may include trainings not listed here. If you would like to host your own training, please read through the Planning Guide and request a Directory of Trainers, owl@uua.org

OWL Trainings

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Upcoming Events

  • OWL Facilitator Training 7-9/10-12 Colorado Springs, CO

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    Location: La Foret Camp and Retreat Center, Black Forest, CO

    Trainers: Karen Richter and Ashley Johnson

    Website: thecandacemwoods@gmail.com 
    Colorado Springs, CO
  • OWL Facilitator Training, 7-9/10-12, Online – March EST

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    Location: Online Dates and Times: Synchronous meetings/trainings are mandatory and will be held from 6-8:30 pm EST....
  • OWL Facilitator Training, 7-9/10-12, Online – March PST

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    Location: Online Dates and Times: Synchronous meetings/trainings are mandatory and will be held from 6-8:30 pm PST....
  • OWL Facilitator Training 7-9, 10-12, PA

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    From Central East Regional Group
    Our Whole Lives Facilitator Training for Junior/Senior High Ages will be offered at Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, PA on March 11-13, 2022, IN PERSON
  • OWL Facilitator Training 7-9/10-12 Raleigh, NC

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    Location: UU Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607 Trainers: Shellie Selove & Ramon Selove Event website Registrar: Chris Breivogel...
    Raleigh, NC

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If you do not see a training listed for your area, please contact your UUA Region's administrator or faith formation specialist. They will have the most up-to-date information about the trainings they are scheduling.

If you wish to sponsor and schedule your own training, please notify your region's faith formation specialist before firming up your plan and before submitting your training for listing here.

We list only trainings for which hosts have engaged two trainers, both of whom are approved for the grade level of the event. If you have not yet engaged both approved trainers, please wait to submit your event.

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Registering Participants in a Training

Please use the official Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) OWL Training Roster (Excel) for registration (note the tab at the bottom). Provide the participant roster to your trainers before the training takes place.