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The-Red-Notebook-CoverLucile Longview was the initiator and primary author of the ground-breaking 1977 Unitarian Universalist Women and Religion Resolution and a crusader for women’s human rights and equality in the family and community. She was a radical visionary in the traditional meaning of the word – addressing the root causes of sexism. The role that patriarchal religion has played in the oppression of women is something that Lucile was deeply committed to exposing.

During the last years of her life, she assembled into The Red Notebook what she felt were the best and most herstorically relevant of what she wrote from 1980 to 2000. These writings and presentations were delivered at meetings of Unitarian Universalists and at Harvard’s Theological Opportunity Program and appeared in a variety of publications.

Liz Fisher, a friend, colleague, curriculum author, essayist and sister activist in the Women and Religion movement has curated this website (sponsored by UUWR). Liz has posted facsimiles of the original documents embellished with her own notes suppling context, background, observations and interpretations. From the Introduction on the website, Liz comments: “I knew Lucile from the 1980s to the end of her life and frequently discussed with Lucile the personal and political impact of the Women and Religion Movement, both within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and in the larger society. Lucile’s daughter, Linda Schuck, gave me a copy of THE RED NOTEBOOK hoping it would be shared with others since the material is still very timely. I am honored to be doing just that.”

This is a precious gift from one of our great foremothers. To continue this work is the best form of gratitude we can offer to her.

Lucile, ¡Presente!

Lucile Longview was also active in the UU Women’s Federation throughout its herstory, contributing to publications both in editorial and author roles. She was on the Board and kept in close contact with the Leadership throughout her life. She donated generously. In 1997 she received from the UUWF the Ministry to Women Award as the initiator of the 1977 UU W&R Resolution. She was also acknowledged before the General Assembly in 1998 for her leadership in the Women and Religion movement. The members of the UUWF, both those who knew her and those who joined after she was active, will be interested in reading The Red Notebook.

The situations and issues Lucile confronts in her lively and entertaining pieces still ring true today. The wisdom she shares about the necessity for a New Consciousness will inspire all who are interested in assuring women’s full human rights, self-worth and dignity.

Betty Hoskins from 1st U Worcester portrait

Betty B Hoskins 1936-2015

We were saddened to learn of the June 20, 2015 death of Betty B. Hoskins, a longtime member and feminist leader with the UUWF and other Unitarian Universalist groups. She was one of the three UU women to respond to the keynote address given by Roman Catholic theologian Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza at our 1985 Biennial Continental convention (along with Revs Judith Walker-Riggs and Clare Benedicks Fisher). It was at this meeting — with feminist theology as its theme — that it became clear to the planners that there were no UU theologians specializing in any of the theological feminisms. This revelation inspired women from the SouthWest District to raise the money that became the start of the Feminist Theology Award endowment fund (and later our Margaret Fuller Awards for religious feminisms).

Betty’s memorial service was held on Thurs. Sep. 24 2015 at First Unitarian Church in Worcester, Mass.

Betty held a doctorate in molecular biology, had published extensively in the fields of theology, bioethics, and feminism, and was past chair of UU Collegium, the Association of Liberal Religious Scholars.

She had been an active layperson in Unitarian Universalist congregations in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Texas, and also held leadership and planning positions in the UU Women’s Federation, Women and Religion, UUs for Right Relations, Second Circle workshops, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the UUA Pamphlet Commission, the Skinner Sermon Award Committee.

Rev. Joan Kahn-Schneider passed away in June 2017 at the age of 86… Rev. Kahn-Schneider’s service on behalf of the denomination was extensive. She served as President of the Ministerial Sisterhood Unitarian Universalist, a forum for women clergy. While ministering in Michigan, Joan served as Good Offices Person for her UU Ministers’ Association Chapter. She was also Vice-Chair of the UU Council of Cincinnati Program Committee. Rev. Kahn-Schneider also served on the UUA’s Board of Review, and while a member of the UUA staff she held positions in several committees: the Continuing Education Committee, the Joint Theological Schools Committee, and the Theological Grants Panel…

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Rev. Dr. Bobbie Nelson

The UUA’s Office of Ministries and Faith Development has informed us of the passing of Rev. Dr. Roberta M. “Bobbie” Nelson, on January 2, 2015 at the age of 79. The UUWF honored her in 2001 with a Ministry to Women Award.

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Joanne Fought and Pat Goller

Joanne “Della” Fought, 83, of Peoria passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015.

Joanne was a leader at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, serving as President of the Board, Chair of Social Action, on two ministerial search committees, the Building Committee, as well as district and national groups like UU Women’s Connection, UU Women’s Federation and UU Women and Religion.

She is pictured (on left) at Central Midwest District WomanSpirit in 2005, which she co-chaired with Pat Goller (on right) Read more…

Lucile Longview and Rosemary Matson

Lucile Longview and Rosemary Matson

Rosemary Matson

Rosemary Matson died peacefully at her home in September 2014. She was a UU lay leader who worked with Lucile Longview on the Women and Religion Resolution adopted at the 1977 General Assembly. UUWF honored them in 1998 with a Ministry to Women Award.

Rosemary Matson’s memorial service was October 25 in Carmel Valley, California. Liz and Bob Fisher wrote a tribute to Rosemary, an “outrageous older woman” who was often heard to say, “We do not want a piece of the pie. It is still a patriarchal pie. We want to change the recipe.” Download Book of Remembrances compiled by Liz Fisher.

This photo was taken in 1997. Lucile passed on in 2010.

Beverly Anderson Forbes

Beverly-Anderson-ForbesBev was born March 18, 1936 and died April 2, 2013 in Blaine, Washington. She was a graduate of Blaine High School and received her BS in physical education from Washington State University. After a successful teaching career she received her masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Washington. Bev was a central office administrator in the Renton School district and then went on to become an Associate Professor in the Doctoral Program of Educational Leadership at Seattle University. While there she became a nationally recognized theorist and speaker in the area of women and leadership and developed the Theory F Transformational Leadership Model. In conjunction with her pioneering leadership work, she designed and taught a popular graduate course on Women as Transformational Leaders and created a community educational program known as Leadership Synthesis. During her Seattle University years, in the late 1980s and 1990s, Bev was the recipient of several awards given to outstanding women leaders in the Seattle area and was a respected mentor for both women and men.

Following her retirement from Seattle University, Bev became an independent scholar whose studies focused primarily on theology and spirituality. In 2002 Bev was one of three national recipients of a Margaret Fuller Award presented by the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation which enabled her to pursue an in depth study of the work of Unitarian poet and author, May Sarton.

Bev was known for her service to others, her deep connection to family, her enduring friendships, her love of animals, her spirituality, and her commitment to her Unitarian faith. Her compassion, sense of justice and dedication to an interdependent society and world informed her life. Bev was very proud of her Icelandic heritage and taught her friends how to sing Silent Night in Icelandic, so she could hear it each Christmas.

Bev is survived by her best friend, partner, and husband, Ken, and her sisters Arlene Anderson, Joan Gebhardt, twin sister Audrey Block (Jim), and Judy Dunster (Gary). Three generations of nieces and nephews of the Anderson family will greatly miss their Aunt Bev, as will an extended family of friends. She will be missed for her love, her advice, her deep spiritual nature and her sense of humor. She was a role model for many in how to live a balanced and integrated life in service to others.

Two Memorial Celebrations were held in Bev’s honor at Free Church Unitarian, Blaine and at East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue. Memorials may be made in Bev’s name to Free Church Unitarian, Blaine, East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue, or the local Humane Society.

Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 10, 2013

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