Children and Youth Religious Exploration

We’re Hiring!

We’re currently searching for a Youth Advisor (click for full job description). Send applications to office@ouuf.org or ATTN: Religious Education, PO BOX 0354, Oberlin, OH, 44074.

About the Program

Our Vision

Religious Exploration 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

Contact the Director of Religious Exploration at dre@ouuf.org for information about future OWL classes.

Meghan Ross

Meghan was born and raised in the Cleveland area and is a life-long Unitarian Universalist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and is a certified Our Whole Lives teacher. Meghan strives to create a safe, welcoming space where children of all ages can explore, learn, and grow.

Meghan also works for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio as a Community Health Educator. She lives in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland with her husband and many rescue cats.