Our Whole Lives

Honest, accurate 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. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities.

This year Hopedale Unitarian Parish is once again joining Northborough and Marlborough/Hudson to offer junior high Our Whole Lives.

Following is the schedule for this years program.

This course will start with a mandatory parent and youth orientation on October 2nd.  We will be meeting on Sundays at the Hudson church from 1 to 3pm unless otherwise noted.  Meeting dates include October 2 from 1 to 3pm (mandatory parent and youth orientation), October 9 (from 7pm to 9pm with optional movie and overnight till 9am), October 16, October 30, November 13, November 20, December 4, December 11, January 8, January 15 (from 7pm to 9pm with optional movie and overnight till 9am), January 29, February 12, February 26, March 12, March 26, April 9, and April 30.  (We are offering an optional overnight and going to Pride Parade on Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10).

This Week in Our Whole Lives

Our next class will be Sunday February 12 where will be Redefining Abstinence

Participants explore the concept of abstinence, which is redefined as refraining from sexual intercourse (oral, anal, or vaginal), as well as skin-to-skin genital contact. This definition of abstinence excludes higher risk sexual behaviors but allows for the possibility of healthy and safe non-intercourse sexual behaviors, such as masturbation and outercourse.
We will also begin talking about Lovemaking
Lovemaking is placed in a moral context when negative and erroneous media messages are combatted with honest discussions of sexual behavior. Participants are encouraged to take away the message that lovemaking is a positive and life-enhancing experience when it is consensual, non-exploitative, mutually pleasurable, safe, developmentally appropriate, based on mutual expectations and caring, and respectful.