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Our Whole Lives Facilitator Training 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
this OWL training program did not take place.

OWL2019 350b

Grades K-1/4-6 - Grades 7-9/10-12 - Young Adult/ Adult/Older Adult
All registrants are required to be present for the complete training.

Basic training schedule:

•    Friday: 4:15 to 5:00 PM Check in, 5:00 to 9:30 PM Training
•    Saturday: 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM Training, with breaks and meals
•    Sunday: 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM Training, with breaks and meals

Sponsored by
North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations (NTUUC)


Workshop Descriptions:

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator Trainings are intended to prepare individuals to lead OWL programs in their community. This is a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities. OWL Facilitators are required to be 25 years of age or older to teach in Unitarian Universalist congregational settings.


    • If your congregation does not currently have an OWL program, it is best to send gender-diverse teams of at least two people. If your congregation does have an established OWL program, you may send any number of prospective teachers.

    • Each level is limited to twenty participants, with a minimum of ten; we need to have at least six people registered by the early cutoff of June 29.  In the unlikely event that the minimum is not met, that level will be canceled and participants will be refunded the registration fee.

    • Only organizations/congregations with facilitators who have completed the 25-hour Facilitator Training and are affiliated with the UUA or UCC are authorized to buy or use the visual aids for OWL Grades 7-9.

      You can download the flyer in .PDF format to print, post, and help promote these workshops:

Workshop Site Information:


Fees include dinner Friday, 3 meals Saturday and two meals Sunday.  Ample snacks and drinks are provided throughout the training.  Please indicate dietary requirements on the registration form.



Transportation to and from the airport is the responsibility of attendees. Most of the major car rental companies have facilities at D/FW Airport and Dallas' Love Field. Please check with your hotel to determine if free shuttle service between the airport and hotel is available. It is only about a 10-minute trip from Love Field to the church and about a 30-minute ride by taxi or Super Shuttle from D/FW Airport.

There will be parking available in the church lot (entrance on St. Andrews) on Friday and Saturday; on Sunday participants should park in the garage underneath the Y across Normandy.

Parking at the YMCA Garage:

  • There are 302 parking spaces and 6 handicap spaces (these are located next to the elevator)
  • Enter the parking garage off Normandy – enter on the right hand side
  • Exit only through the elevator or stairwell at the southwest corner of the garage – the other exits are for emergencies only and will trigger an alarm
  • When entering the elevator press 1R to go to Church – this will exit you on the street side of the Y facing the church
  • When returning to your car on entering the elevator press G for ground floor

Normandy Avenue – We have limited parking spots on Normandy Avenue, which we ask you to reserve for seniors and people who have mobility challenges.

St. Andrews Drive – There are spots adjacent to the church along St. Andrews, as well as a back lot accessible from St. Andrews. Please do not park in the Bank of America lot across St. Andrews.



Hotel Information:

There are a wide variety of hotels within a 10-mile radius of First Unitarian Church in Dallas. Recommended hotels are the Best Western CityPlace on Central Expressway or the La Quinta just a few blocks from the Best Western. There are also several new hotels near Love Field airport, and the Love Field area has improved in recent years. Please let us know if you are interested in being put in touch with other out-of-towners so you might share accommodations and lower the cost.

We can also inquire about home hospitality if needed, but please understand the Dallas area is huge, and home hospitality might entail a 30-45 minute drive each way to/from the training site. If you need suggestions or directions, please contact Lauren Daniell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Financial Assistance:

Churches who are members of NTUUC may inquire about financial assistance.  To submit an application, visit:

Dietary Options:

Omnivore or vegetarian meals can be specified on the registration form.


Childcare will not be available for these workshops.


Home Hospitality:

Home hospitality is extremely limited.  Participants are encouraged to room together to cut costs.
Contact the OWL registrar to inquire: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Attendance Policy:

PLEASE NOTE: IT IS REQUIRED that you attend ALL three days of the facilitator training for your level IN THEIR ENTIRETY. These are very intensive workshops. Please come well-rested and ready to absorb a lot in a short time.

What Do I Need to Bring?

Each participant will need their own copy of the books appropriate to the level they will be teaching. However, if  you have a team of people coming from the same congregation who will be teaching the same level, they are welcome to share copies of the curriculum.  If you do not already have a copy of the curriculum books, check with your religious education professional before ordering copies from the UUA Bookstore:  Books will NOT be available for purchase at the training site.

K-1 & 4-6 Curriculum / Books

    • Our Whole Lives, Grades K-1 Curricula (1999 edition)
      • Sexuality and our Faith Companion for Grades K-1 (1999)
    • Our Whole Lives, Grades 4-6 Curricula (2017 edition)
      • Sexuality and our Faith Companion for Grades 4-6 (2017 edition)
      • It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris  (2014 edition.  Grades 4-6 only)
    • One copy per congregation of The Advocacy Manual for Sexuality Education, Health and Justice: Resources for Communities of Faith

7-9 & 10-12 Curriculum / Books

    • Our Whole Lives, Grades 7-9 Curriculum (2014 edition)
      • Sexuality and our Faith Companion for Grades 7-9 (2015 edition)
    • Our Whole Lives, Grades 10-12 Curriculum (2000)
      • Sexuality and our Faith Companion for Grades 10-12 (2000)
    • One copy per congregation) of The Advocacy Manual for Sexuality Education, Health and Justice: Resources for Communities of Faith (1999 edition)

Young Adult / Adult / Older Adult Curriculum / Books

    • Our Whole Lives,  Sexuality Education for Young Adults Curriculum (2008)
      • Sexuality and our Faith Companion, Young Adults (2008)
    • Our Whole Lives, Sexuality Education, Adult Curriculum (2000)
      • Sexuality and our Faith Companion, Adult (2000)
    • Our Whole Lives, Sexuality Education, Older Adults Curriculum (2019)
      • Sexuality and our Faith Companion, Older Adults (2020)
    • One copy per congregation) of The Advocacy Manual for Sexuality Education, Health and Justice: Resources for Communities of Faith (1999 edition)



Due to scheduling changes from the current COVID-19 situation,
the dates & trainers listed are tentative as of right now.

OWL Training Bios
Grades K-1 and 4-6

Sherry Kircus Photo

Sherry Kircus

Sherry Kircus is a mom, a grandmother, a counselor, a registered nurse, and a Unitarian Universalist, not necessarily in that order. She's never understood why we can talk about any other aspect of life more easily than we can about our sexuality, and she's very proud to be part of the UCC-UUA effort to help people get comfortable with being sexual creatures. Knowledge is a big part of comfort and of safety as well, so sharing knowledge about sexuality is a vital work. Sherry agrees that what we're doing with Our Whole Lives is salvation. What could possibly be more important?

Sherry has a couple of degrees in education, one in nursing, and a master's in Counseling Psychology. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy while working 30 hours a week as a counselor. It would seem she likes going to school and she likes working with people. Meanwhile, she loves Our Whole Lives and is looking forward to sharing the K-1, 4-6 portion of the program with folks in Dallas in July.



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Steve Caldwell

Steve Caldwell is an Our Whole Lives (OWL) trainer for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) with experience in OWL at all age/grade levels in both Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ settings. He has been involved in the OWL program as a trainer and educator since 1999 at his Shreveport congregation, within the Southern Region, and throughout the UUA.

Steve has also provided OWL sexuality education training for the entire clinic and community center staff of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas. Steve's social justice work includes work with Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in Shreveport and NW Louisiana.

Steve has called Shreveport, Louisiana his home since 1995 and was active in the Rapid City, South Dakota UU congregation from 1992-1995. He actively supports religious education and youth ministry at All Souls UU Church in Shreveport and also in the Southwest District. He has worked in UU young adult and campus ministry during his term on the UU Campus Ministry Advisory Committee from 2002 to 2003. Steve shares his home life with his partner Susan, son Charlie (when he's not at LSU), one cat named Dakota, and is providing a temporary home for a cat named Sassy (who belongs to Steve's daughter Delia who has moved into her own home).


OWL Training Bios
 Grades 7-9/10-12

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Jennifer Nichols

Jennifer Nichols has more than 20 years' experience as both a religious educator and a sexuality educator. She brought Our Whole Lives to First Jefferson and then the Southwestern Conference to ensure that her own children would have quality sexuality education, as well as to spread OWL's life-enriching, life-saving knowledge to as many as possible.

Years later, all three of her girls have taken all levels of OWL and are well-adjusted, healthy young women. Jennifer continues her crusade to bring sexuality education to as many communities as she can as a trainer.




Everardo Aquilar

Everardo Aguilar was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He moved to San Diego after completing his undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara to attend law school. He has called San Diego home since 1986 and has been a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego since then.

Everardo retired last year after a long and successful career with the University of California San Diego. He is a trainer for the 7th-9th grade and 10th-12th grade OWL curricula. He is also a trained facilitator for Pre-K-1st grade, 4th-6th grade and Adult and Young Adult OWL curricula. He also helped to field test the 2nd edition of the 7th-9th grade curriculum and the new curriculum for Senior Adults. Everardo has facilitated and trained OWL since 1999 and before that was a facilitator for its precursor, the ‘About Your Sexuality’ program.


OWL Training Bios
Young Adult / Adult / Older Adult


Judith Galas

Judith Galas has been an "OWL warrior" since 2007, when she took her first OWL workshop so she could facilitate kindergarten OWL at her home church, Plymouth Congregational UCC in Lawrence, Kansas. Since then she has trained and taught in all the OWL levels, and has facilitated the junior high and senior high classes in both a church and a school setting. She is one of the authors of the OWL for Older Adults curriculum which was just published last fall.

Judith trains facilitators at the elementary, junior/senior, and young adult/adult levels. She loves the opportunity to help others spread the word about the OWL program and to make a difference in young people's lives. Retired from full-time teaching at a junior high, she loves to quilt, write, and chase after her dog, Amazing Grace.

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Mary McIntosh

Mary Chapman McIntosh has been a counselor and sex educator for more than 30 years and a Unitarian for 26 years. Mary started teaching About Your Sexuality in 1988 and has been teaching Our Whole Lives since it was published by the UUA. As an educator and counselor, human sexuality has always been an area of intense interest and study. Mary has trained at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and had a private counseling practice specializing in the areas of human sexuality and sexual abuse. Her focus in this work is always sex-positive, that is it focuses on the life-enhancing aspects of sexuality while bringing attention to the negative aspects.

Currently, Mary is a Capacity Building Consultant for the HIV/STD Services Branch of the Texas Department of State Health Services and works closely with youth-related service providers to prevent HIV/STD and teen pregnancy. She lives with her husband near Austin, TX.






Registration & Payments

    • Early Bird Registration: $295

    • Regular Registration: $325

    • Registration Deadlines:  Early Bird Registration & Payment Made Through June 29, 2020.

    • Regular Registration: Registration & Payment Made June 30, 2020 to July 29, 2020

    • Registration Fee includes all meals.  Fee does not cover housing/hotel, ground transportation, or curricula.

    • Cancellation Policy:  Notice of cancellation must be received by July 29th to be eligible for a full refund. There will be no refunds after July 29th and/or if a registrant is a no-show at the workshop.

Registration and payment options:

    • Program registration should be done online. If this is a difficulty for you, please contact our registrar, Lauren Daniell, at (817) 832-6437

    • Individual payment can be made online securely via PayPal (preferred method). Please note that a PayPal account is not required to use a credit card to pay for your registration.

    • If you are registering online, but not paying online, a check or Money Order (made out to NTUUC with the name(s) of the trainee(s) on the memo line) can be mailed along with your registration receipt within five (5) days of registration, to OWL Training 2020 Attn: NTUUC   4015 Normandy Avenue  Dallas, TX  75205

        If you encounter any problems paying via PayPal while registering, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will send you an invoice you can pay online separately from the registration submission.


          OnLine Registration

          Please select the appropriate level and fill in the registration form completely.

          OWL Training 2020 - K-1 & 4-6

          OWL Training 2020 - 7/9 & 10/12

          Do you still have questions?

          Please contact Lauren Daniell at (817) 832-6437
          or drop an email to:

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          First Unitarian Church of Dallas

          First Unitarian Church of Dallas


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          First Unitarian Church of Dallas
          4015 Normandy Avenue Dallas Texas 75205

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