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In Memoriam – Betty B. Hoskins

Betty Hoskins from 1st U Worcester portraitWe were saddened to learn of the death on June 20 of Betty Hoskins, a longtime member and feminist leader with the UUWF and other Unitarian Universalist groups. She was one of the three UU women to respond to the keynote address given by Roman Catholic theologian Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza at our 1985 Biennial Continental convention (along with Revs Judith Walker-Riggs and Clare Benedicks Fisher). It was at this meeting — with feminist theology as its theme — that it became clear to the planners that there were no UU theologians specializing in any of the theological feminisms. This revelation inspired women from the Southwest District to raise the money that became the start of the Feminist Theology Award endowment fund (and later our Margaret Fuller Awards for religious feminisms).

Betty held a doctorate in molecular biology, had published extensively in the fields of theology, bioethics, and feminism, and was past chair of UU Collegium, an association of liberal religious scholars.

A celebration of life service will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Worcester, Massachusetts, the date still to be arranged. We will keep you updated as we know more details.
Rev. Marti Keller – Affiliated Minister, UUWF

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UUWF Action on Women’s Justice Issues

July 3, 2015 – The UUWF joined many of our partners in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), including the General Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church, in signing an open statement opposing the so-called global gag rule. In the face of growing efforts in Congress to reinstate this punitive international policy, Planned Parenthood of America is the lead organization in our collective response to renewed attempts to reinstate the regulation which President Obama lifted in 2009. The gag rule had denied foreign organizations receiving U.S. family planning assistance the right to use their own funds to provide information, referrals or services for legal abortion or to advocate for legal abortions in their countries.

May 2015 – The UUWF joined 40 other organizations, including faith-based groups and health organizations, in writing to three cabinet members and urging them to ensure that insurance companies comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage requirement. The letter was addressed to the Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury.  While noting that many health insurance issuers are complying with the mandate under ACA, the National Women’s Law Center has discovered that other issuers deny coverage of certain birth control methods, improperly limit coverage to generic methods even when there are no generic equivalents, impose cost-sharing on certain methods and services, and in other ways delay or deny coverage. We asked for an affirmative statement from all three departments, ensuring that the out-of-compliance insurance companies cover — without barriers — all FDA approved contraceptive methods.

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.


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The Blog of UUWF’s Affiliated Minister, Rev. Marti Keller.

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Wollstonecraft-463910891x1I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.

Mary Wollstonecraft was a writer and philosopher, and one of the earliest feminist writers. Her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, is one of the most important documents in the history of women’s rights.

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