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OWL for Older Adults!

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OWL for Older Adults!

Dear UU Friends,

The VUU Religious Education department wants to apply to the UUA to be a field test congregation for a new “Our Whole Lives” curriculum for older adults, aged 50+ yrs.  Can you help us find eight (8) participants?

We need confirmation of participation by this Sunday, Jan. 29 by contacting Marci Beaudoin at [email protected].

Program Details

  • Seven classes on Sunday afternoons in Board Room from 12:30-2:30 pmFebruary 19 to April 2
  • Taught by Molly McNamara and Peter Schweizer, trained OWL facilitators
  • $20 per participant

“OWL for Older Adults takes a values-based, social justice approach to the sexuality of adults in mid-life and beyond. It is one of a select few curricula designed specifically for a growing population of adults aged 50 and above.

Most adults aged 57 to 85 consider sexuality an important part of life even if they do not have a partner, yet their lack of access to sexuality education can have personal and public health ramifications. The information that is available tends to focuses on sexual dysfunction and ageist assumptions rather than on the benefits and joys of healthy sexuality.

OWL for Older Adults reduces shame, normalizes age-related changes, enhances knowledge about relationships, and increases older adults’ awareness of and confidence in their sexual choices and possibilities. It helps older adults enjoy the life-affirming benefits of sexual expression (solo or partnered) while supporting participants to determine when, how, with whom, or whether they will be romantically and/or sexually intimate. The curriculum also equips participants to move beyond their intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings they have about their own and others’ sexuality.

OWL for Older Adults joins the highly acclaimed comprehensive sexuality education series co-published by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.”



Lorraine Doman-Sheydayi

VUU OWL Coordinator, volunteer