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Jessica Halperin, the UUA’s Witness Ministries Program Associate, sent us this from the rally in front of the Supreme Court on December 2. The UUA co-sponsored the rally to “#StandWithPeggy and all pregnant workers — because no one should have to choose between [their] job and the health of [their] pregnancy.”
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…
Ellen Spencer to Retire
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…
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…
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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
Thought of the Month: January 2015
“…the faith in which we have lived, for which we have worked, and which has bound us together as a church. . . . Dear Friends, stand by this faith. Work for it and sacrifice for it. There is nothing in all the world so important to you as to be loyal to this faith which has placed before you the loftiest ideal, which has comforted you in sorrow, strengthened you for the noble duty and made the world beautiful for you.”
Olympia Brown (January 5, 1835-October 23, 1926) dedicated her life to opening doors for women. Among only a handful of women to graduate from college, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch in 1860 and three years later became the first woman graduate of a regularly established theological school: St. Lawrence University. She was ordained a Universalist minister, the first woman to achieve full ministerial standing recognized by a denomination. As a young minister, she took an active role in the women’s suffrage movement and was one of the few original suffragists who lived to vote in the 1920 presidential election. More…
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