Who We Are
UUWF is a national membership organization working to advance justice for women and promote their spiritual growth.
It is an independent non-profit, 501c3 corporation and one of only two associate member organizations of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Inheritor of a proud tradition, UUWF was formed in 1963 through consolidation of the Association of Universalist Women (founded in 1869 and believed to be the first organization of lay church women in the United States) and the Alliance of Unitarian Women (1890).
UUWF’s Legislative Ministry is led by our Affiliated Minister Rev. Marti Keller, whose weekly Blog, “Leaping from Our Spheres,” appears on our website. We focus on key public policy priorities: reproductive justice, immigration reform, economic justice, and other issues as these impact women and girls. Rev. Keller also represents UUWF in key advocacy partnerships.
We carry out three major funding programs:
- Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley Scholarship program gives modest scholarships to aspirants/candidates for UU ministry or religious education or music leadership credentialing programs, who identify as women of color, Latina, or Hispanic.
- Margaret Fuller grants for scholarly projects that reflect prophetic and innovative explorations of religious feminisms.
- Equity and Justice grants for innovative UU projects that effect positive social change for women and girls in the US.
UUWF recently launched the New Prophetic Sisterhood project (www.npsuu.org) comprised of over 100 ordained and fellowshipped UU women ministers. The New Prophetic Sisterhood is a network of UU women ministers who covenant to affirm and promote equity and justice for women and girls and to lift up diverse feminisms. As individuals and as a body we use our voices in the pulpit and public square to create more awareness of and prophetic public witness around issues that impact women and girls.
We are committed to presenting engaging and empowering workshops and programs at General Assembly. In 2016 we sponsored a conversation between Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood and Monica Simpson of SisterSong. We’ve also partnered with UU Women and Religion to create a lively presence in the Exhibit Hall.
Over the years we’ve sponsored several key publications, including Voices of the New Feminism in the 1970s, Cakes for the Queen of Heaven in the 1980s and again in 2007, and Rise Up and Call Her Name in the 1990s.
We maintain two award programs:
- Annual Ministry to Women Award, granted in 2016 to Cecile Richards and Monica Simpson.
- Clara Barton Sisterhood, through which local congregations, individuals or women’s groups can honor women aged 80 or older for their contributions to church and community life.
We’re beginning to work with Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago to create and maintain UU women’s history archives in their HEResies Collection!
With a gift of any amount each year you become a UUWF member. Join us as we work to advance justice for women and girls and promote their spiritual growth.