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This 10-session curriculum is designed to help children learn about human sexuality in holistic, life-enhancing ways. This comprehensive, developmentally appropriate program introduces key topics like values, body image, puberty, gender and sexual identity, peer pressure, and healthy relationships with sensitivity and inclusiveness, yet without specifically religious doctrine or reference. The program offers accurate, unbiased information and uses fun, engaging activities and discussion to help young people make responsible decisions and stay healthy.

Persons of all faiths or no faith are welcome. Space is limited to 16 participants. Youth are expected to attend all sessions.

The program seeks to balance youth across all gender identities and we will manage registrations accordingly.

Current Fall 2019 Session – Grades 5 & 6


  • Mandatory Parent and Youth Orientation
    • Sunday, September 29, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm 
    • Additional dates and a process for Mandatory Parent Orientation will be negotiated directly with parents of youth registered after Sept 29. Please register your child and send a message to Rev. Wendy.
  • Youth Sessions
    • Select Sundays, 6:15 – 8:00 pm
      Week 1: October 20 – Sexuality and Values
      Week 2: October 27 – Images in Popular Culture
      Week 3: November 03 – Body Image
      Week 4: November 10 – Changes of Puberty
      Week 5: November 17 – Gender
      Week 6: November 24 – Feelings and Attractions
      Week 7: December 08 – Reproduction and Staying Healthy
      Week 8: December 15 – Decisions and Actions
      Week 9: January 05 – Consent and Peer Pressure
      Week 10: January 12 — Healthy Relationships and Celebration
      Snow Date: Jan 19 or Jan 26 (to be determined based on family availability)


  • $250.00 Registration Fee per participant (scholarships available)
  • $13.00 Participant Book (required)
  • $15.00 Parent Guide (optional)
  • Parent provide nut-free “snack” for 8 Participants once per series


OWL is a program of Sanctuary UCC and Hillside Community Church to be held at Hillside Community Church, 144 North Street, Medford, MA 02155.


The registration process will also allow you to pay for your child’s programs and books.

payment & book order portal

About the Facilitators

We are pleased to have Renee Elaine Manning and Lynn Rosenbaum join us to facilitate this session of Our Whole Lives.

Renee Elaine Manning, M.Div grew up in the Boston area and has two beautiful daughters from her first marriage, Evelyn and Erin. Renee married her wife, Serena in 2014 and gained two sons, Andrew and Ricky. Renee is a Senior CAD illustrator on the PATRIOT Missile Project and has been at Raytheon for 35 years. On the side, Renee portrays five historical characters including a space shuttle pilot and Galileo – in schools through-out New England. Recently awarded a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School Renee is seeking ordination in the UCC faith tradition and is a GLBT advocate specializing in teaching “Transgender 101”.

Lynn Rosenbaum, M.Ed., M.A. has been enthusiastically facilitating Our Whole Lives for the past six years to young people in grades 4-12 in Arlington, Cambridge and Belmont in both church and community settings. An experienced Prevention Educator, she has educated young people on issues including substance abuse, sexual assault, and eating disorders. She co-authored the chapter on Sexuality in Our Bodies, Ourselves and is on the Steering Committee for the Community Health Network Coalition (CHNA17). Lynn is also a musician and dancer, leading community Circle Sings and performing with the School of Honk.

Get Involved

Plans are underway for additional series (i.e. k-1, 8-9) to take place in the Spring and Fall of 2020.  If you have interest in this program as a parent, volunteer or partner please contact Rev. Wendy.