Advancing justice for women and girls and promoting their spiritual growth

News – May 2018

Message from the UUWF President

I write today, excited for what lies ahead of the UUWF. It seems like a review of each year in the recent past has started with “wow, so much, so many changes.”

This was a year of change for us as well, as I took on the role of president of the board in November (with love and a shout out to Justice Waidner Smith and her family). So we are seeking someone to fill the vacant position of VP for Funding Programs, and have the scheduled change in the opening for VP of Communications. 

We had a great in-person meeting in Boston in April, where Rev. Marti Keller and I also had a wonderful meeting with UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray and Chief Operating Office Carey McDonald to talk about the work of the UUWF and how we may help and be helped by the UUA.

We are looking forward to a new, expanded UUWF once we’re officially combined with the Continental UU Women & Religion organization. If you have been involved with one or both and might have interest in joining our combination/transition team, please get in touch, we’d love to have your wisdom!

And of course, we’re looking forward to General Assembly! We are still seeking folks to work in the booth for a stipend, so if you plan to come but might need extra funds, please fill out the application and send it to before JUNE 1st.

— Clare Sexton

General Assembly 2018 will be in Kansas City, Missouri, June 20-24.

Events UUWF, UUW&R and International Women’s Convocation are sponsoring at GA:

UUWF Annual breakfast and Ministry to Women Award
Thursday 6/21/2018 – 7:15 – 8:30 AM
Crowne Plaza — Salon B

The 2018 Ministry to Women Award is being given this year to Rev. Deborah Pope-Lance and Rev. Gail Seavey in recognition of their prophetic persistence over the years that has kept the issue of clergy sexual misconduct within Unitarian Universalism within our public consciousness. They both have named and educated on the existence of  sexual harassment and abuse in our faith communities, and helped develop safe congregation practices.

RSVP now

UUW&R breakfast
Friday 6/22/2018 – 7:15 – 8:45 AM
Marriott — Truman A
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UUWF/New Prophetic Sisterhood Sermon Award Winner*
Friday 6/22/2018 – 11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Room 3501 EF

The winner of the annual UU Women’s Federation Sermon Award, Clare Fortune-Lad, Director of Religious Education at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts, will deliver her sermon, “#MeToo, Now What?” with the intent of sparking an interactive dialogue between participants to explore the ways that “all are called” to build this movement for gender equity through a spiritually-sustaining lens.
Rev. Marti Keller, UUWF Minister
Rev. Beth Dana, NPSUU chair, past UUWF Board member
Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario, UUWF V-P Recruitment
Clare Fortune-Lad

International Women’s Convocation Annual Breakfast
Saturday, June 23, 7 – 8:30 AM
Crowne Plaza Hotel Salon B, Kansas City, Missouri
Keynote speaker: Dr. Rica Lamar, India

#Me Too: Called to Challenge Systemic Patriarchy*
Saturday 6/23/2018 – 1:30 – 4:00 PM
Room 2503

U*U women worldwide lead their civic and faith communities to confront physical, sexual, economic bullying and abuse in systems of patriarchal authority. With distinguished panelists and small group conversation, we will define the problem and search for answers. As U*Us we will listen, engage and act.
Rev. Marti Keller, UUWF Minister
Rev. Addae Kraba, Past UUW&R Convener
Dr. Rica Lamar
Melissa Stiehler

UUWF Report to the General Assembly (time TBA)*

Exhibit Hall Booth 322-326: Information, UU womxns bookstore, and The Red Tent!* (open to the public on Sunday)

* indicates that you must be registered for GA to attend.

Welcoming New Clara Barton Sisters

Enrolled in 2018

Bloomington, MN — Jane Parrish, honored by the Minnesota Valley UU Fellowship Women’s Group.

Mary Rhodes

Fullerton, CA — Mary Rhodes, honored by the YuYu Sisterhood of UUCF.
Arlington, MA — Ann Abbott and Jean Spence Nagle, honored by the Alliance of First Parish.
New York, NY — Peggy Montgomery and Maureen Marwick, honored by Women’s Alliance of All Souls Unitarian Church, Inc.

News from UU Women and Religion

Here’s another gem we discovered in the UUWF archives.

A four-part course on Women in A Patriarchal Culture by Priscilla Baird Hinckley.

What do you think, should we update this one and republish?

pdf Women in a patriarchal culture 1986 (21.14 MB)


Leaping From Our Spheres

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