Upcoming Events

Our Whole Lives

January 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am – January 19, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Lisa Simon

Sexuality and Our Faith for Grades K-1 & 4-6

Presented by Amy Johnson & Marshall Miller

Wednesday, January 17, 9am-6pm
Thursday, January 18, 9am-6pm

Friday, January 19, 9am-3pm

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This three-day intensive sexuality education training focused on approving the participant to facilitate Our Whole Lives and its companion material, Sexuality and Our Faith, with children. Our Whole Lives was created by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association and 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.

This course promotes the values of responsibility, relationship, and respect. Participants will learn how to help children and families explore their values, learn about physical, social and emotional changes of puberty, explore gender, attraction, consent, decision-making and more—all within the framework of faith.

This training is important in the life of the modern church. Sexuality raises personal, communal, and theological issues for every religious community. This training will provide opportunities for the participants to discern what their personal sexual values are while preparing to take on the questions of their community. It includes some personal exploration of how past sexual experiences inform current perspectives on sexuality.

Participants will need to familiarize themselves with the Our Whole Lives curriculum for the group(s) they intend to teach prior to attending the training. These include: Our Whole Lives for Grades K-1; Sexuality and Our Faith for Grades K-1; Our Whole Lives for Grades 4-6, 2nd Ed.; Sexuality and Our Faith for Grades 4-6, 2nd Ed.; and It’s Perfectly Normal.  

The Parent Guide for Our Whole Lives Grades K-1 and 4-6 is currently under revision and the second edition will be available for purchase this spring.

Materials can be purchased through www.uccresources.com or www.uuabookstore.comand should be ordered at least 10 days prior to the training. The United Church of Christ offers a 25% discount on these materials for UCC members who are attending an Our Whole Lives training.

Call UCC Resources at 1-800-537-3394 and request that discount. For more information on the resources:http://www.ucc.org/justice_sexuality-education_ordering-our-whole-lives-and-c

Marshall Miller is co-founder of Sex Discussed Here!, an organization that provides sex educators to give presentations at colleges around the country. He has personally presented over 800 programs at colleges, churches, businesses, conferences, and adult education centers, and continues to earn audience praise for his funny, down-to-earth approach as a sex educator. Marshall is a trainer for all levels of Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith, and formerly managed HIV and STI prevention education for Fenway Community Health in Boston.  He was named a “Person to Watch” by USA Today. As the father of two elementary age girls, Our Whole Lives K-1/4-6 are particularly close to his heart. 

Amy Johnson, MSW, LICSW, CSE is a Commissioned Minister for Sexuality Education in the United Church of Christ, where she serves as Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith Coordinator in the national setting.  She is the co-author of the upcoming second edition of Our Whole Lives for Grades 4-6 and was a developmental editor for Sexuality and Our Faith for Grades 7-9, 2nd Ed. Amy is a trainer for all levels of Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith nationwide, and is passionate about helping faith communities provide education as a part of being and becoming healthier places to belong.  She also owns Diligent Joy Training, Education, and Coaching, through which she provides sexuality education in secular settings.

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