Living Our Mission: OWL Training and UUA Board Retreat

Dana Poss, UUCA’s youth programs coordinator, along with 3 other UUCA members, attended a UUA training to become OWL facilitators for youth in 7th – 12th grades. OWL, or Our Whole Lives, is a lifespan series of sexuality education curricula that begins in kindergarten and goes through adulthood. It helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior by equipping them with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

Chance Hunter and Norm Horofker, both members of the Mid-South District Board, attended a Board retreat August 21-22 in Macon GA. The retreat was tightly focused on preparing the district board for upcoming discussions about the regionalization of services provided by the UUA. This initiative grew out of a UUA “5th Principle Task Force” report that was designed to make the governance or our association more truly democratic.