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Welcome to Facilitator Training for Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9 and 10-12. (January 2022 East Coast Session)

We are pleased with your commitment to working with youth and teens, and we look forward to helping you meet your goals.

(Please note: You cannot access these materials unless you are taking the full training that includes the live sessions.)

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Please proceed to Module 1: Introduction, where you’ll find assignments.

This course is presented in the form of Modules, or subject areas. Each Module is comprised of Topics that will facilitate your exploration and learning in the form of videos, readings, online discussions, assignments, and synchronous sessions. 

Your trainers will be available by email throughout the course to offer assistance and to answer questions; in addition, they will lead the synchronous sessions.

This course must be completed within one month from the start date, including all asynchronous and synchronous elements. 

This training is evaluative, meaning that completion of all elements doesn’t guarantee approval to facilitate. The trainers will communicate with you privately if they have concerns because their goal is to help you become an Our Whole Lives facilitator.

All  Mondays and Thursdays are 6-8:30 pm ET.  For people in a training outside their time zone, the synchronous meeting time will vary. Please carefully note your meeting times in your calendar.

  • January 10, Monday ET
  • January 13, Thursday ET
  • January 17, Monday ET
  • January 20, Thursday ET
  • January 24, Monday ET
  • January 27, Thursday ET
  • January 29, Saturday, (two-hour session, one-hour break, two-hour session)
    10 am to 3 pm ET , with a lunch break from Noon to 1 pm.

Your trainers for this course are Robin Slaw and Marshall Miller.

We’ll formally introduce ourselves during our first synchronous meeting, and you’re welcome to read our trainer bios.

Throughout the course on video, you’ll also meet Melanie Davis, PhD, the OWL Program Manager for the Unitarian Universalist Association, and Amy Johnson, the Minister for Sexuality Education and Justice for the United Church of Christ.

8 Responses

  1. Hello team! My name is Meredith Griffiths (she/her) from Kansas City, KS. I am the Youth Director for Colonial Church (UCC) in Prairie Village Kansas. I actually was baptized as an infant at Colonial in 1983, this is where I was confirmed and attended youth group myself. I never thought in a million years that I would eventually have the position as the youth leader, and I truly could not feel any more blessed or proud. I love growing with these young adults! This is my first experience with OWL. I am new and open to any teachings, tips and helpful hints you want to share with me.

    I am very passionate about adult/young adult facilitation. Outside of my Youth Director position I am a small business owner and I am engaged to a UCC minister who is currently a hospice chaplain in the Kansas City area. (He relocated from WA).

    I am truly looking forward to our group meeting, sharing, learning and growing together through this training! I am very excited for the first session this evening and I am enthusiastically waiting to meet you all!

  2. Hello everyone! My name is John Mascetta (he, his, him) from Orono, Maine. I am member of the Church of Universal Fellowship (Orono) and primarily joined because of the amazing teaching curriculum they had for elementary children (non-dogmatic, importance of community, and teaching/recognition of other religions). I have been married for 14 years and we have three children aged 4, 8, and almost 11. I am excited to become trained in OWL, not only to give back to the church and families who enroll their children into the program, but to be better verse when having these important conversations with my children. Finally, I have been an college academic advisor for over 15 years and received my masters (and currently working on my doctorate) in higher education. It was during my masters program (2001 – 2003) when I first learned the importance of social justice, that being color blind is not effective, and the importance of racial and cultural identity. I can’t wait to participate in this program and meet/work with all of you!

  3. Hello! (I hope I am doing this in the right place!) My name is Jessica (she/her). I am located in the small city/rural area of Wooster, Ohio. I am fairly new to the UU. I came on in 2019 as the Youth Ministries Coordinator. I have gone through Coming of Age with my group (starting in person and finishing online in 2020). Last year, our Youth and I did Crossing Paths all online and I also took an “OWL for Parents” class. I have not had any experience with working with OWL and Youth. I am approaching this with a spirit of exploration. I look forward to learning, growing (as a Youth leader, person, parent), and getting comfortable with uncomfort. Thank you!

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