Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision-making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curriculum for use in both secular settings and faith communities.

This training familiarizes community, lay, and religious leaders with the young adult, adult, and older adult OWL curriculum and prepares them to use this curriculum in training their own staff, students, congregational members, or community members. Our Whole Lives is based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education, and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

Program Dates: November 11–13, 2022

Friday, November 11, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday, November 12, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, November 13, 9:00am – 3:00pm  

Location

Hosted in-person at Meadville Lombard Theological School, 180 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 700, Chicago. For directions, public transit, and parking information, please visit the Map & Directions page.

Participants requiring lodging should book their own. Student Affairs provides this local guide to our students as guidance. Please note that Meadville Lombard does not endorse, suggest, or have a special relationship with any of the housing options listed.

Meals & Books

The following meals are provided for all participants:

  • Friday: lunch
  • Saturday: continental breakfast and lunch
  • Sunday: continental breakfast and bag lunch

Dietary restrictions/preferences and other accommodation requests can be made on the registration form.

It is recommended that participants purchase OWL curriculum for young adults, adults, or older adults prior to the training. Resources are available for purchase at the UUA In Spirit Book Store.

COVID Protocol

  • Proof of vaccination is required (including eligible boosters), with exemptions as needed. Please bring your ID and your vaccination card to campus.
  • Masks are required.
  • Disinfecting wipes and additional masks will be available. Please use them.
  • Facilitators and participants should take all recommended precautions before traveling. We strongly encourage travelers to purchase travel insurance and have a contingency plan should you contract Covid or monkeypox during your time in Chicago.

Your Trainers

Kathleen Baldwin, MSW, CSE, CLC

Kathleen (she/her) is an AASECT certified sexuality educator with over 35 years of experience. She has written several sexuality education curricula and designed training manuals for promoting sexual rights and sexual health. She teaches Human Sexuality at Indiana University in Indianapolis, where she lives. She has been a Trainer of Facilitators for Our Whole Lives since 1999. 

In addition to OWL training, Kathleen has designed multiple trainings including the Great Lakes Institute for Community Health Education, the Institute on Sexual Health, the SAR at Waycross, and the Online Institute for Sexual Health. Kathleen is also a certified relationship and sex coach, and is part of Soaring Heart Center.

Christina Ables Fairman

Christina has been working with the Our Whole Lives / Sexuality and Our Faith program since 2008. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a focus on human sexuality from Bowling Green State University. She also holds a master’s degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, where she directed her studies toward the intersection of faith formation and human sexuality.

 

Cost: $450 

Registration opens soon!