Our Whole Lives -
Sexuality & Spirituality Classes
To register for the next class, click here
At Berkeley Community Church, we believe that sexuality is a gift from God and when we talk about it outside of the "Spirit," we miss the point! Our culture does a great job of "missing the point" on Sexuality and Spirituality. In response to our culture's teachings about sexuality, we offer a program to counter the damaging messages that bombard us and our families about human sexuality. The curriculum is called Our Whole Lives (check out the OWL assumptions here and parental information here). It is an amazing program! It is a comprehensive sexuality education grounded in the values of 1) self-worth, 2) safety and health, 3) respect and responsibility, and 4) justice and equality.
Given the lack of formalized education our children receive about their changing bodies laid alongside the constant barrage of signals and innuendo from culture, I cannot speak highly enough about the importance of creating an environment for this conversation with our kids. Our goal at Berkeley Church is help you, as parents, develop a format and framework for becoming a parent to whom your children can turn with their questions, doubts, curiosities, and alarm about their developing sexuality. Knowledge is power. OWL programming is literally life-changing.
Cost, Books, Classes
The cost of the facilitated program is $150 per child.
* the parent orientation,
* the nine child sessions,
* the parent guide book,
* and the supplemental book, It's Perfectly Normal .
The two facilitators, Rev. Tamara Boynton and Dave Claypool, have been trained and certified as OWL facilitators.
Scholarships and sliding scales are always available. Please talk to Rev. Tamara to make arrangements for these. The maximum class size for 5th-6th grade OWL is 12 kids. Ideally, we would have a fairly even distribution of gender identity. Please feel free to spread the word about the program so people who want to know more have the opportunity to find out about the program and ask questions.
We do not have to accept the education of our "I'm Sexy and I Know It" culture when it comes to teaching our children about this very powerful, very normal, very sacred, very human, very holy experience of sexuality.
Parents: Not "The Talk" but an Ongoing Conversation communicating your love and values.
List of Topics:
Sexuality & Values, Family & Friends, Puberty, GLBTQ, Lovemaking & Reproduction, Sexual Health, Communication, Decision-Making.
Scheduling for our next class...
Dates and times below
The next OWL program includes the following summary outline:
-- a parent informational meeting to explain the program, answer questions, and decide about class registration: Thursday, March 14 from 6:00-7:30pm (contact us directly for info since this date has passed.)
-- a mandatory parent + child session: Thursday, April 25, from 5:30-8:00 pm
-- 8 1.5 hour sessions with the kids: Weds. from 4:00-5:30 ( 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5) plus FRIDAY 5/17 (a DPS "no school day) from 9-3pm
-- homework for kids and parents to complete and discuss together after each session
-- and an ending debrief and gathering - date and time tbd
Note: Scheduled dates include ONE DPS no school day (Friday, 5/17) as well as six Wednesday after school classes beginning May 1.
Our Whole Lives - classes for every age!
k-1, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12, young adult, older adult
Right now, we are teaching the 5-6 grade curriculum. We have taught two classes of kids and are scheduling for a third. This is a 10 session class. The Middle and High School curriculums are 25 session classes. The Adult curriculums can be adapted to the needs of the group.
We are currently registering for a 5-6th grade class to begin after Easter. If you (or your child) is in another age group but would like to register for a class, please let us know and together we can begin filling the class. Classes are always co-ed and have required minimums in order to be scheduled.
Email us: OWL Inquiry