Children and Youth Religious Education

About the Program

Our Vision

Religious Education at the OUUF builds spiritually and socially healthy people who respect themselves, others, and the world.

 

Our Mission

To nurture children and youth to develop a commitment to religious freedom, critical thinking, ethical action, and individual responsibility. We achieve this through experiential learning and developing appropriate curricula in keeping with UU principles and tradition.

 

Our Covenant

We, the members of OUUF’s RE program, covenant to work together respectfully in our quest for truth, love, social justice, and environmental responsibility. In this spirit, we offer our combined resources.

Our Whole Lives

We are happy to offer the Our Whole Lives curriculum of sexuality education. OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps adolescents address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to young adolescents, including those typically excluded from sexuality education and health classes. OWL provides:

  • honest, age-appropriate answers to all participants’ questions
  • activities to help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
  • effective group-building to create a safe and supportive peer group
  • education about sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment
  • opportunities to critique media messages and gender and sexuality
  • acceptance of diversity
  • encouragement to act for justice
  • parent orientation programs that affirm and support parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children

Carmen McFarlin

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Carmen McFarlin comes to the Oberlin community from Austin, Texas. She is the mother of three daughters, a homeschooling parent, an Army veteran, and has worked with children on a regular basis since 1995. Most recently, she served as the Program Director for Growin’ Together, a nonprofit after-school and summer break program located in Austin, TX, that provided children the opportunity to develop strong emotional communication and conflict-resolution skills, as well as participate in exciting, hands-on activities. She is honored to be a part of the Oberlin UU community and looks forward to continued spiritual growth. Contact her at dre@ouuf.org.