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"Our Whole Lives Facilitator Training 2016"

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Two Sets of OWL Training Programs this year:

Grades K-1/4-6
Middle School/High School

K-1/4-6 Grades:
August 5th, 5:00pm-9:30pm
August 6th, 8:00am-9:30pm
August 7th, 8:00am-2:00pm

Middle & High School:
August 5th, 5:00pm-9:15pm
August 6th, 8:00am-9:30pm
August 7th, 8:00am-3:00pm


** Educate the adults in your congregation!**
** Make new friends!**
** Make a difference in the lives of the youth in your congregation!**
** Be part of an accepting, honest sexuality education program.**

Sponsored by the North Area Texas Unitarian Universalist Religious Educators (NATUUREs),
with generous financial support from
North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations (NTUUC)


Workshop Descriptions:

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

From the UUA website: Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants 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.

The OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL) Facilitator Training workshops will introduce the Unitarian Universalist Association / United Church of Christ (UUA/UCC) sexuality education curriculum, and prepare those on teaching teams to orient parents and to offer the course to grades K-1 & 4-6 and to middle and high school students.

    • 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.

    • Although non-teachers such as DREs, youth advisors, ministers, and parents are welcome, those serving on teaching teams will have first preference to register.

    • Each level is limited to 24 participants and a minimum of 4 people must be registered for each level by one month before the training. In the very unlikely event that the minimum is not met, that level will be cancelled.

    • 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 and OWL Grades 10-12.


Workshop Site:

NATUURES will provide space, staff support, and meals catered at the church.

Transportation to and from the airport is the responsibility of attendees. All the major car rental companies have facilities at D/FW airport. Please check with your hotel to determine if free shuttle service between airport and hotel is available. It is about a 15 mile ride by taxi or Super Shuttle from D/FW Airport to the church.

Hotel Information:

There are a wide variety of hotels within a 10-mile radius of First Unitarian Church in Dallas.  If you need suggestions or directions, please contact Kathy Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Volunteer & Scholarship Opportunities:

Please contact Kathy Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for information on possible volunteer and scholarship opportunities.

Dietary Options:

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


Childcare will not be available for these workshops.

Attendance Policy:

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

What Do You Need to Bring?

Each participant will need their own copy of the books appropriate to your level.

K-1 & 4-6 Curriculum / Books

    • Our Whole Lives, Grades K-1 Curricula
    • Our Whole Lives, Grades 4-6 Curricula
    • Sexuality and our Faith Companion for Grades K-1
    • Sexuality and our Faith Companion for Grades 4-6
    • One copy per person (or per congregation) of The Advocacy Manual for Sexuality Education, Health and Justice: Resources for Communities of Faith
    • It’s Perfectly Normal

7-9 & 10-12 Curriculum / Books

    • Our Whole Lives, Grades 7-9 Curricula
    • Our Whole Lives, Grades 10-12 Curricula
    • Sexuality and our Faith Companion for Grades 7-9
    • Sexuality and our Faith Companion for Grades 10-12
    • One copy per person (or per congregation) of The Advocacy Manual for Sexuality Education, Health and Justice: Resources for Communities of Faith

Where to Order:

Your Church may already own copies of the curriculum and books that will be available for you to bring with you to the training. Please contact your Director of Religious Education to determine if these are available to you. Additional teaching materials will be provided at the training weekend.

You, or your Director of Religious Education, may order books by phone at 1(800) 215-9076 or online from the OWL Resources page on the UUA Bookstore. Please allow six weeks for delivery. You may ask your Director of Religious Education to place this order for you.

If your church is on a tight budget, some copies may be available to borrow through local congregations.  Contact Kathy Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire.


OWL Training Bios

Grades K-1 and 4-6

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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 August.

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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 Southwest District, 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

Middle & High School

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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, Kan. 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.

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 new puppy Amazing Grace.

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Jennifer Nichols

Jennifer Nichols has 18 years experience as a religious educator with 16 years as 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.

Sixteen 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.


Registration & Payments

    • Registration Fee includes all meals.

    • Fee does not cover housing/hotel, ground transportation, or curricula.

    • The Early Registration deadline has passed, but you can still register.

    • Normal Registration Fee $300.

    • Registration Deadlines: Regular Registration has been extended to July 22nd.

    • Cancellation Policy:  Notice of cancellation must be received by the end of the regular workshop registration period to be eligible for a refund of the registration fee. There will be no refunds if a registrant is a no-show at the workshop.

Three registration and payment options are available:

    • Registration can be performed online and individual payment can be made online securely via PayPal. Please note that a PayPal account is not required to use a credit card to pay for your registration. Please use the appropriate "OnLine Registration Form" Button below for the desired workshop.

    • If you are registering online, but not paying online, a check or Money Order (made out to NTUUC) can be mailed along with your registration receipt, to Kathy Smith, Director of Religious Education, Community UU Church, 2875 E. Parker Road, Plano TX 75074. Please mail your payment within five (5) days of your online registration. Remember, space cannot be held without full payment.

    • If you prefer to register and pay for the workshop completely off-line, please download the PDF of the forms, print and fill out completely the appropriate registration page for your training level, and send it with your payment to the address above.
    • Please remember, space cannot be held without full payment and seating is limited for these programs. We highly recommend using online registration and making payment securely with PayPal if possible.

If you wish to share the registration form, please use
as the link, not the registration form itself.

OnLine Registration

OWL Grades K-1/4-6
OWL Middle & High School

PayPal Invoice Option:

If for any reason, you are unable to complete your payment online with the PayPal system at the time you register, please drop a note to webmaster @ and we can have PayPal send you an invoice you can pay online after registering for the event.

If you don't wish to use the on-line payment system, you can still register on-line:

    • You can fill in the registration form online.

    • After you click submit, you will be able to print a copy of your registration receipt.

    • Mail the receipt with your check or money order (made out to NTUUC) to the address below.

    • Be sure to leave time to meet the registration deadlines listed above.

    • Please remember that space cannot be held until your payment has been received.

    • Mailing Address:

Kathy Smith, Director of Religious Education
Community Unitarian Universalist Church
2875 E. Parker Road
Plano, TX 75074

Do you still have questions?

Please contact Kathy Smith at (443) 668-1336
or drop an email to:

dre @

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