Our Whole Lives

Our Whole Lives was developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. It is a series of sexuality education programs for six age groups: grades K–1, grades 4–6, grades 7–9, grades 10–12, Young Adult (ages 18-35) and Adult. Written by professional sexuality educators, the programs provide accurate information for parents, teachers and pastors to use with children and young people to help them learn about sexuality in the affirming and supportive setting of our churches.

Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society/culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

Sexuality and Our Faith, a series of companion resources for Our Whole Lives, provides a framework for incorporating specific faith-based teaching and practice into each session of the curriculum.

The Our Whole Lives Values

  • Self Worth
  • Sexual Health
  • Responsibility
  • Justice and Inclusivity

Each level of Our Whole Lives Offers

  • Up-to-date information and honest, age-appropriate answers to all participants' questions
  • Activities to help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
  • Effective group-building to create a safe and supportive peer group
  • Education about sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment
  • Opportunities to critique media messages about gender and sexuality
  • Acceptance of diversity
  • Encouragement to act for justice
  • A well-designed, teacher-friendly leaders' guide
  • Parent orientation programs that affirm parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children
  • Sexuality and Our Faith, an optional religious component for Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ settings

The MN Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the MN Conference United Church of Christ, and the Prairie Star District Unitarian Universalist Association collaborate to offer training for adults who want to teach comprehensive sexuality education in their congregations.

Please visit our Upcoming Events page to find out more about upcoming Our Whole Lives training sessions. Contact us for more information.

Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
122 W Franklin Ave, Ste 303
Minneapolis MN 55404