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Sermon Award

2018 UUWF Justice for Women and Girls Sermon Award Winner

The Justice for Women and Girls Sermon award panel of the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation is pleased to announce that the 2018 winner is Clare Fortune-Lad, the Director of Religious Education at the UU Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Her sermon “#Me Too, Now What?” will be delivered at this year’s UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri , as part of a program “Women are Called to Preach.”

In addition to Clare Fortune-Lad’s sermon and the awarding of a $500 prize, there will be an interactive dialogue on ways that “all are called” (the theme of this year’s GA) to build a movement for gender equity through a spiritually-sustaining lens.

This program is scheduled for 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Friday, June 22.

“It was such an honor to receive the UUWF Sermon Award,” Fortune-Lad says. “It will be gratifying to spread this message to so many more folks from across the country.”

It will be her first GA.

This is Clare’s second year with the Haverhill UU congregation and she has been energized by her work expanding the OWL program and engaging in racial and immigration faith federation work “for young and old alike.”

Clare was a leader in helping her family to decide to join the Sanford, Maine UU congregation when she was three years old, and was an active member there until her recent move to Massachusetts.

Clare worked for many years as a community educator at a Domestic Violence Center in Southern Maine. She earned her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver with a concentration in Gender-Based violence.

The 2018 sermon award judges were UU ministers Beth Dana, Marti Keller and Theresa Ines Soto; director of music Amber Fetner; past UUWF Board president Kirstie Lewis, and congregational leader and social justice activist Debra Greenwood.

The UUWF sermon award is a project of the New Prophetic Sisterhood UU (NPSUU), a network of UU woman-identified religious professionals who covenant to affirm and promote justice and equity for women and girls, and to lift up diverse feminisms through awareness building and public witness.

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