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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 re@vuu.org.

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.”

https://www.uua.org/re/owl/owl-older-adults-field-test

Sincerely,

Lorraine Doman-Sheydayi

VUU OWL Coordinator, volunteer

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Since the election, times have been tough for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer citizens, for women, for people with physical disabilities, for immigrants, for people of color, our planet and in general for people interested in love, justice, and peace. If you are hurting, you’re not alone. The election has led some folks to fear some people. Fear of imagined and even actual acts of violence – verbal, physical, emotional – from folks now emboldened by the election results. We are adopting an action that was started in England after Brexit when immigrants were attacked. Allies began wearing SAFETY PINS to let people know that they were SAFE people…to talk to, to sit next to, to be with. This is not the answer to everything that will come up in the future. But it will allow you to identify allies, friends and fellow believers in LOVE.

We reaffirm the power of LOVE itself. We will not just tolerate, but celebrate, our diversity. We will provide space for grieving, and for hope and for next steps. If you need a place in which your values can be reaffirmed, a SAFE place and a BRAVE place where you can begin to heal and think about your commitments going forward, join us at

Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation,

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      every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

There is a great LOVE holding us all-You are welcome here-See you Sunday.

Go where you’re celebrated…not where you’re tolerated!

This has been a tough week for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer citizens, for women, for people with physical disabilities, for immigrants, for people of color, and in general for people interested in love, justice, and peace. If you are hurting, you’re not alone. In our worship this Sunday, November 13, we will reaffirm the power of Love itself. We will not just tolerate, but celebrate, our diversity. We will provide space for grieving, and for hope. Though the election will be addressed, the service will not be centered on it, because as a liberal religious community we celebrate Love every Sunday. If you need a place in which your values can be reaffirmed, a safe place where you can begin to heal and think about your commitments going forward, join us at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6400 West Del Rio Street, Chandler, Arizona, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for our annual homecoming service. Bring some food to share and plan to stick around for a meal afterward. There is a great Love holding us all. You are welcome here. See you Sunday.

– With love, Rev. Andy