OWL Press Release

Our Whole Lives at the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship

Press Release
October 1 2018

In response to Ontario government’s decision to repeal the 2015 Health and Sex Education curriculum the Kingston Unitarian fellowship (KUF) is now offering the comprehensive sex education program, Our Whole Lives (OWL). KUF and the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) have been long time advocates for fact-based sexuality education and inclusion. The CUC believes that the repeal of the 2015 Health and Sex Education curriculum will leave children at risk and adversely impact schools’ ability to create cultures of safety and consent. KUF hopes to help fill the gap by offering this unique lifespan sexuality educational program.

OWL is a secular program created 20 years ago by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ in the US. The curriculum includes age ranges from kindergarten to adulthood, and has been updated regularly to stay current. The 2018 OWL program provides honest, accurate, and developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics including bodies, birth,
relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.

KUF will be offering OWL for grades 1-3 and 4-5 at 206 Concession St. throughout the school year. The program will take place one Sunday a month on the following dates: Oct 28, Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 31, Apr 28, and May 26. A mandatory orientation for both participants and their parents/caregivers will take place in early October. Older grades will be offered in 2019. You can
learn more about OWL here: https://www.uua.org/re/owl. Interested participants are asked to email KUF’s Religious Exploration Coordinator, Amy Findley at re@kuf.ca

KUF is a liberal religious congregation, founded over six decades ago on principles of tolerance and respect for all people, wisdom traditions, and the environment. We are a welcoming and affirming community committed to making our world a better place through our actions. Please refer to the KUF webpage <www.kuf.ca> or feel free to reach out to our minister, Rev. Rebecca C. Coppola
<minister@kuf.ca>, for more information.