Our Ministry to Women Award honors individuals or organizations that have ministered to women in an outstanding manner. The first of the award’s distinguished list of recipients – selected by the Board of Trustees – was Ms. Magazine in 1974. Others honored include May Sarton, Marian Wright Edelman, Tillie Olsen, Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Dr. Jean Baker Miller.
Rev. Debra Haffner Our 2011 award recipient is honored for her outstanding contributions in the fields of sexual education, reproductive justice, and sexual abuse healing in support of women and girls. In particular, we recognize her for her leadership role as Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing.
Dr. Cynthia Grant Tucker Dr. Tucker received our 2010 Ministry to Women Award at the 2010 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association, which met last June in Minneapolis. She was honored for her book Prophetic Sisterhood: Liberal Religious Women Ministers of the Frontier, 1880-1930. The book is truely prophetic in that it looks forward by looking back: the picture Dr. Tucker drew of the challenges facing women ministers then is just as true today.
2007 – Dr. Riane Eisler, eminent social scientist, attorney, social activist, and author of the international bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future
2006 - Shirley Ranck, Ph.D., author of the ground-breaking adult religious education curriculum, Cakes for the Queen of Heaven
2005 – Sarah Weddington, lead attorney in Roe v Wade, and women from the Alliance of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, for their support of landmark case during its early stages.
Rev. Laurel Hallman, minister of the First Unitarian Church in Dallas, with four of the women from the church’s Alliance who supported Roe v Wade during its early stages and received our 2005 Ministry to Women Award. Left to right: Virginia Whitehill, Mary Lou Hoffman, Pat Cookston Davidson, Rev. Hallman, Linda Coffee.