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UUWF Action on Women’s Justice Issues

March 11, 2015: along with other faith organizations that are members of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, UUWF signed on to a letter to our US Senators asking them to oppose an amendment to a piece of legislation intended to aid runaway and homeless youth who become victims of sex trafficking. If passed with this language, the proposed fund for assistance, paid for out of fines paid by convicted perpetrators, would prevent it being used to pay for abortions, except in limited circumstances.

March 4 2015: in response to a request from the Center for Reproductive Rights, UUWF added our voices to a list of 55 groups that wrote President Obama. Collectively, we objected to proposals being considered that would allow groups working with women abroad to opt out of even providing referrals for women needing life-saving abortions or those who have been raped. Those procedures are allowed under the Helms Amendment which has previously, without exception, supported safe abortion services in limited circumstances including rape, incest and maternal health endangerment.

February 28, 2015: UUWF joined with the National Partnership for Women & Families in support of the Healthy Families Act, which calls for paid sick days, and covers more workers than ever, adding protections for parents of children with special educational needs.

Read about earlier UUWF actions

We are pleased to announce a job opening for the UUWF Clara Barton Intern. The Intern works to provide opportunities for Unitarian Universalist congregations, districts, organizations, and activists to be an effective voice and force to affect public policy decisions made by the United States Congress, Administration, and relevant states on issues of concern to the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation (UUWF) and the Association (UUA). The Intern will focus on issues of importance to the health and well-being of women such as reproductive justice and economic justice.



Rev. Dr. Bobbie Nelson 1934-2015

The UUA’s Office of Ministries and Faith Development has informed us of the passing of Rev. Dr. Roberta M. “Bobbie” Nelson, on January 2, 2015 at the age of 79. The UUWF honored her in 2001 with a Ministry to Women Award.

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Joanne Fought and Pat Goller

Joanne “Della” Fought, 83, of Peoria passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015.

Joanne was a leader at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, serving as President of the Board, Chair of Social Action, on two ministerial search committees, the Building Committee, as well as district and national groups like UU Women’s Connection, UU Women’s Federation and UU Women and Religion.

She is pictured (on left) at Central Midwest District WomanSpirit in 2005, which she co-chaired with Pat Goller (on right) Read more…

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The Blog of UUWF’s Affiliated Minister, Rev. Marti Keller. Latest Posts listed at left! More about UUWF’s Affiliated Ministry

Frances Watkins Harper

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (September 24, 1825-February 22, 1911), was an African-American writer, lecturer, and political activist, who promoted abolition, civil rights, women’s rights, and temperance. “Talk as you will of woman’s deep capacity for loving,” Watkins preached, “of the strength of her affectional nature. I do not deny it; but will the mere possession of any human love, fully satisfy all the demands of her whole being? . . . But woman—the true woman—if you would render her happy, it needs more than the mere development of her affectional nature. Her conscience should be enlightened, her faith in the true and right established, and scope given to her Heaven-endowed and God-given faculties.”

Looking for a Way to Honor Women in Your Congregation?

UUWF’s Clara Barton Sisterhood is a great way to honor women aged 80 or more for their often unsung contributions to your religious community. Learn how.

Left to right: Rev. Galen Guengerich, senior minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls, New York City, with women honored with Sisterhoods by the congregation’s Women’s Alliance in 2014: Rose Patton, Joan C. Brown, and Sheila Darnborough. 

Reproductive Justice Resources

During the first week of every month there’s something happening among the UUA’s Reproductive Justice Community.

UUA’s Congregational Resource Packet on Reproductive Justice

Congregational Curriculum on Reproductive Justice, also from the UUA

UUs for Reproductive Justice Facebook Group