Our Whole Lives:

First Parish in Concord has a long tradition of helping our youth face the challenges of adolescence, especially around issues of sexuality. Our congregation has offered the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum to 8th graders every year since the program’s creation in 2000; in fact, using previous iterations of the curriculum (then called About Your Sexuality), we have been offering UU-sanctioned sexuality education in a religious context to our youth since 1971.

This year, we are pleased to offer comprehensive sexuality education not only to adolescents but also to first and fifth graders. In order to enroll, parents/guardians must attend an OWL Parent Orientation.

To learn more about lifespan sexuality education, check out Our Whole Lives brochure: Sexuality Honored Here

Little OWL: Grade 1

We are offering Little OWL (Our Whole Lives) this Spring for 8 Sundays during regular Religious Education time: 10:15-11:15 a.m.. 

Little OWL is an age-appropriate sexuality education program that embodies our UU values, and is based on the philosophy that parents are the most important educators. The curriculum includes discussions about bodies, safety, families, relationships, and babies, as well as sheets for related home discussions.

In order for children to participate in the program, parents/guardians are required to attend a Parent Orientation and sign a Permission Form.  At the end of the orientation, you can choose whether this program is right for your family.  If you decide not to have your child participate, they will be included in another RE class during the 8 week program.

Download 2017 Schedule and Information Packet: LittleOWLOrientation_2017_short

If you have any questions about this offering, please contact Dawn: dvanpatten@firstparish.org

Middle OWL: Grade 5

We are offering Middle OWL for 5th graders this Spring for 8 Sundays, 10:00-11:15 a.m. in the Wright Tavern.

Our Whole Lives helps children learn about and discuss the physical and emotional changes of puberty. You can be actively involved as your child explores values, communication and decision making.

In order for children to participate in the program, parents/guardians are required to attend a Parent Orientation and sign a Permission Form.  At the end of the orientation, you can choose whether this program is right for your family.  If you decide not to have your child participate, they will be included in another RE class during the 8 week program.

Download 2017 Schedule: Middle OWL Class Schedule 2017

If you have any questions about this offering or the orientation, please contact Amy: afreedman@firstparish.org

8th Grade OWL

8th Grade OWL meets on Sundays 4-6 pm beginning in January, 2017. In order for students to enroll, parents/guardians must attend a Parent Orientation and sign a Permission Form.

Download: 8th Grade OWL Calendar 2017

8th Grade OWL addresses a range of issues from sexual identity to contraception methods including but not limited to abstinence; and it examines sensitive topics including body image, social media/internet, bullying/bystander responsibilities, and consent education.  We often draw topical stories from current events, and we keep the classes lively with a variety of activities including values voting, large and small group discussions, multi-media (audio and video) presentations and even some games.

Our youth face any number of social and psychological challenges as they grow up, and the OWL curriculum is one specific way that First Parish meets them where they are, helping to give them the tools and perspectives they will need to become confident, compassionate and most of all well-informed decision makers.

To register or for more information, please contact Amy: afreedman@firstparish.org