Rev. Isabel Call
- I'm a minister serving the UU Fellowship of Manhattan, Kansas. I'm originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, but I've also lived in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, California, and Indonesia.
- I carry a PhD in development economics in my back pocket, and I'm always in search of ways to strengthen relationships among people with shared values. This is the root of true, sustainable economic development. I believe covenantal communities like UU congregations can be the hub of a renewed economy as we show up with our gifts, learn how to interact in love, and regularly rededicate ourselves to sharing with the larger world.
- I'm excited that I get to explore what it means to be a woman, what it means to be UU, and how to sink fully into these identities while reaching out into the world to obliterate patriarchy. The UUWF board is the coolest group I know, and I love that we're spreading our love into new relationships with people in other spaces.
Vice President – Funding Programs
Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee
- I am deeply committed to the work of justice and fairness in the world.
- I have known about UUWF for years, and when I found time in my life to dedicate to the work I applied to become a Board member. I have been part of changing our perspective to be more expansive and inclusive, moving UUWF into innovative practices. I'm excited about the possibility for radical change that we are currently engaged in -- sociocracy, equity, gender expansiveness. All these challenge us to new ways of being a progressive organization.
- When I get overwhelmed or depressed I find that spending time with another person helps get me out of my own head. I find the words and actions of others inspiring and motivating.
Idaho Falls, ID
- I was mostly raised UU and have been working in UU congregations since my teens. I grew up in New Mexico and went to college in Montana. I love to garden, and I can often be found volunteering at our local organic urban farm that raises food for our local food bank.
- I am on my local school board, overseeing a public school district with 10,000 students in 18 schools.
- I'm eager to be part of the UUWF, where people are asking interesting questions about gender and sexuality. I am excited to be in a place where we can explore these questions and what it means to be part of an organization explicitly intended for women.
Rev. Mandy Goheen
- I have deep curiosity about the places where gender, race and class intersect and what it means to counter oppression in those spaces.
- My this week Sheroe is Ursula Goodenough, who graduated with her Phd in Biology from Harvard in 1969. She is the author of "The Sacred Depths of Nature" and past president of Institute on Religion in an Age of Science. She continues to be one of the leading voices in religious naturalism today at the age of 79.
- I am an adoptive mother of six and am rooted in my identity as an Appalachian woman. When the world gets me down, I am re-energized by nature, music, car rides, my spouse, and my backyard chickens.
Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson
East Hampton, NY
- I first learned of the UUWF when I applied for the Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley scholarship for women of color pursuing credentialed UU Leadership. I’m excited about inviting a new generation of women into the work of the UUWF as we grow in our understanding go what it means to be a ‘women’s’ organization in the 21st century.
- One of my sheroes is Ella Baker, an organizer and an activist who worked with people to understand and use their power. She especially worked with young people to develop their leadership. Her work was largely uncelebrated at the time; she worked hard and faithfully without a lot of fanfare.
- Two Truths and a Lie: I’m very shy. I can really cut a rug. I can’t ride a bike.
Rev. Denise L. Graves
New Orleans, LA
- I am a womanist committed to the shalom/peace in self, with others, and with the universe utilizing Peace Ministry LLC & Institute as a medium. I am a community pastor, culture bearer, educator, healer, author, consultant, parent and friend.
- My sheroes include Paula Giddings, bell hooks, presidential candidate Shirley Chisolm, Rep. Barbara Jordon, Dr. Gloria Scott, and Pixie Lighthorse.
- I love culture exploration and immersion, roller skating, preaching, and playing board games. At one point in life I wanted to sing like Diana Ross.