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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. Read more…

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


Ellen Spencer

Ellen Spencer

Ellen Spencer Retires

Long-time UUWF employee Ellen Spencer retired from the Executive Administrator  position at the end of 2014. President Kirstie Lewis said, “Ellen has been with the Women’s Federation for 37 years, so this really marks the end of an era.” Read more…


Lucile Longview and Rosemary MatsonRosemary Matson Passes

Rosemary Matson (pictured at right with Lucile Longview), died peacefully at her home on September 27. She was a UU lay leader who worked with Lucile Longview on the Women and Religion Resolution passed at the 1977 General Assembly. UUWF honored them in 1998 with a Ministry to Women Award. More about our UU foremothers


Don’t miss Leaping from Our Spheres

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. 


UUWF Action on Women’s Justice Issues

December 2014 – Once again the UUWF has signed on to a letter urging the President to support women’s reproductive health in Fiscal Year 2016 by omitting all language from his budget request that would restrict access to abortion, most particularly the “Hyde Amendment” which was passed shortly after the Roe V Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide. It has often been assumed to be a permanent ban on federal funding for this medical procedure. On the contrary, it needs to be reintroduced and passed every year. FY 2016 Clean Budget Letter Final

The Coalition for Abortion Access and Reproductive Equity (CAARE) consists of more than 40 organizations from youth advocacy; reproductive justice, health, and rights; and social justice movements advancing a multi-pronged, long-term strategy to restore and sustain abortion coverage for all women regardless of income.

Read about earlier UUWF actions


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