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In eight, one-hour workshops, OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps young children identify their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality. Participants in Grades K-1 are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses age appropriate topics. In addition to a parent meeting and a parent-child orientation, parents are welcome to attend any of the workshops with their children.

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.

Spring 2020 Session – Grades K & 1

More Details Coming Soon


  • Mandatory Parent and Youth Orientation
    • Check back soon for this information!
    • Additional dates and a process for Mandatory Parent Orientation will be negotiated directly with parents of youth registered.
  • Youth Sessions
    • Dates and Times to be Determined
      Week 1: Our Wonderful Bodies, Part 1
      Week 2: Our Wonderful Bodies, Part 2
      Week 3: Healthy Bodies, Safe Bodies
      Week 4: Families
      Week 5: Families and Feelings
      Week 6:
      Babies and Families
      Week 7: Birth of a Baby
      Week 8: Celebrations!


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

Are You Interested?

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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

If you have interest in this program as a parent, volunteer or partner please contact Rev. Wendy.