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Ellen Spencer

Ellen Spencer

Ellen Spencer to Retire

Long-time UUWF employee and current Executive Administrator Ellen Spencer will retire at the end of 2014, President Kirstie Lewis has announced. “Ellen has been with the Women’s Federation for 37 years,” she said. “So this really marks the end of an era.”

Ellen first came to work for the Federation in October 1977. “I was 26 years old and knew virtually nothing about either Unitarian Universalism or feminism,” she said. “Since then I’ve learned a great deal about both, and nearly all of it came to me through the many wonderful women I met through my work with the UUWF.” Read more…

Lucile Longview and Rosemary Matson

Lucile Longview and Rosemary Matson

Rosemary Matson Passes

We learned of the passing of Rosemary Matson, 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.

Rosemary Matson’s memorial service was October 25 in Carmel Valley, California. Liz and Bob Fisher wrote a tribute to Rosemary, an “outrageous older woman” who was often heard to say, “We do not want a piece of the pie. It is still a patriarchal pie. We want to change the recipe.” 

This photo was taken in 1997. Lucile passed on in 2010.

UUWF signs onto letter supporting the Access to Contraception for Women Service members and Dependents Act.

read the letter and fact sheet about the act

September 2014 issue of The Communicator newsletter: DOWNLOAD

161_LEWIS,_KIRSTIE_07-2010UUWF at GA 2014

View UUWF’s report to the General Assembly

Given by Board President Kirstie Lewis

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Thought of the Month: November 2014

Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott

Running in the Concord woods early one fall morning, she stopped to see the sunshine over the meadows. “A very strange and solemn feeling came over me as I stood there,” she wrote in her journal, “with no sound but the rustle of the pines, no one near me, and the sun so glorious, as for me alone. It seemed as if I felt God as I never did before, and I prayed in my heart that I might keep that happy sense of nearness all my life.”- Louisa May Alcott

(November 29, 1832-March 6, 1888), best known as the author of Little Women, was an advocate of abolition, women’s rights, and temperance. Her stories, novels, and poems helped to support the Alcott family, and most have now been republished, widening her reputation beyond that of children’s author and bringing fresh critical notice to her work.

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 earlier this year: Rose Patton, Joan C. Brown, and Sheila Darnborough.

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 earlier this year: Rose Patton, Joan C. Brown, and Sheila Darnborough.

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 to honor women in your congregation.


UUWF Action on Women’s Justice Issues

July 1, 2014 – UUWF joins the UUA in decrying the Supreme Court decision permitting some employers to exclude coverage of contraception in their health care plans.

March 2014 – UUWF joins in support of the Fair Employment Protection Act

January 2014 – UUWF signs onto a letter opposing the deceptive “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (H.R.-7)

November 2013 – The Women’s Health Protection Act would remove many laws restricting women’s access to abortion: UUWF joins others in expressing disappointment that the act excludes parental notification and consent laws that exist in  39 states

October 2013 – UUWF supports another amicus brief opposing failure to include contraception in health insurance plans

Go to a listing of earlier UUWF actions

Reproductive Justice Resources

Monthly Activities

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

Other resources:

UUA’s Congregational Resource Packet on Reproductive Justice

Congregational Curriculum on Reproductive Justice, also from the UUA

UUs for Reproductive Justice Facebook Group