General Assembly 2015
The UU Women’s Federation had a strong presence at 2015’s General Assembly on June 24-28 in Portland, Oregon. You found us in Exhibit Hall Booth #220, or joined us at one of the following programs:
Thursday 1:15 – 4:15 pm | B110-112
#226 Mini-Assembly on Proposed Statement of Conscience: Reproductive Justice
Commission on Social Witness, Dr. Susan Goekler, Rev. Dr. David Breeden, Rev. Christina Sillari, Caitlin Cotter
The mini assembly is the only opportunity to propose amendments to the draft Statement of Conscience and to discuss its content prior to the vote.
Thursday 4:45 – 6:00 pm | Oregon Ballroom 202
#278 Let Ours Be No Silent Witness
UU History and Heritage Society and UUWF, Dr. Cynthia Grant Tucker, Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie, Rev. Gail Seavey
Diminished in churches that stifled their voices and vision 100 years ago, liberal women went outside the walls to practice a larger, more generous faith of inclusive community uplift. This lecture and panel response will explore how these early rebellions can help our own witness become more prophetic today.
Thursday 4:45 – 6:00 pm | A107-108
#284 The Feminist “Him”: A Panel of Male Perspectives
YA@GA, Rev. Duncan Teague, Rev. Paul Langston-Daley, Steven Ballesteros, Thomas Vitkus
The quest for gender equality involves the participation of people from all across the gender spectrum. Following 2014’s YA@GA multigenerational feminisms panel, this discussion will bring together several male-identified feminists to speak about their experiences of being both male-identified and feminist. People of all genders and ages welcome.
Friday 1:15-2:30 pm | C123-124
#312 Reproductive Justice: Implementing a Statement of Conscience
Commission on Social Witness, Caitlin Cotter, Jessica Halperin
What can Unitarian Universalist congregations do to implement the Statement of Conscience on reproductive justice? What have Unitarian Universalists already done to build a new way toward reproductive justice? Join the CSW and representatives from congregations doing reproductive justice work for an important conversation.
Friday 3:00-4:15 pm | D133-134
#350 We Are Brave: Building Reproductive Autonomy & Voices for Equity
Western States Center, Aimee Santos-Lyons, Rev. Rob Keithan, Jessica Halperin
The Western State Center is leading the national work at the intersection of economic justice and reproductive justice. They are building the leadership of women of color and working to lift the Medicaid exclusions for women who don’t benefit from abortion coverage in Oregon. They partner with statewide and national organizations across the country, including the UUA.
Friday 4:45-6:00 pm | D137-138
#365 Leadership, Gender, and Power in Emerging Ministries
UU Community Cooperatives, Rev. Heather Concannon, Lee Paczulla, Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen
“For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house…they will never enable us to bring about genuine change,” Audre Lorde. Emerging spiritual communities provide new ways to worship, build community and do justice. We’ll explore building new ways of leading, learning from feminist and womanist thinkers and current women leaders at the front of new ministries.
Saturday 1:15-2:30 pm | E145-146
#419 Bold Spiritedness: A New Prophetic Sisterhood
UUWF, Rev. Marti Keller, Dr. Kirstie Lewis
As attacks against women escalate across the country, a vibrant network of female clergy is being created to reinspire awareness and promote congregational action around justice issues impacting women and girls. UUWF President Dr. Kirstie Lewis will also report on other transformational work and changes ahead.
Sunday 11:00 – 12:30 pm | Hall CD
#506 General Session V
UUA Moderator Jim Key presides over the general sessions in which the business of the Association is being conducted. UUWF Report at approximately 12:50 pm.