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Judith A. Walker-Riggs (1939-2019)

Judith A. Walker-Riggs (1939-2019)
We offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. Judith A. Walker-Riggs, who died on July 8, 2019, at the age of 79. Judith was born on August 4, 1939, in Baltimore, MD, to Charles and Marjorie Louise Walker. From 1957 to 1958, she studied Comparative Religion at the University of Rochester,...

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Dorothy May Emerson (1943-2019)

Dorothy May Emerson (1943-2019)
It is with sadness we share that Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson passed away on May 13th, 2019. Dorothy was beloved in her community. Her life and works touched many. Her memoir “Sea Change: The Unfinished Agenda of the 1960s” was published just last year. We are grateful to have this glimpse of her life’s...

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Denny Davidoff

Denny Davidoff
The passing of Denny Davidoff on December 7, 2017 has sparked outpourings of love and respect for this icon of our UU movement. In a sermon Denny delivered to the Paris UU Fellowship on April 19, 2015, she recalled her initial role in the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation (UUWF). “In the fall of 1971 (as...

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Joan Kahn-Schneider (1930-2017)

Joan Kahn-Schneider (1930-2017)
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...

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Betty B. Hoskins (1936-2015)

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...

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Joanne “Della” Fought (1931-2015)

Joanne “Della” Fought (1931-2015)
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...

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Roberta M. “Bobbie” Nelson (1935-2015)

Roberta M. “Bobbie” Nelson (1935-2015)
Rev. Dr. Roberta M. “Bobbie” Nelson passed on January 2, 2015 at the age of 79. Bobbie was born on June 9, 1935 to Raymond A. Martin and Vera R. Martin. She graduated from Tufts University, with a Bachelor of Science, in 1958. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard...

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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....

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Beverly Anderson Forbes (1936-2013)

Beverly Anderson Forbes (1936-2013)
Bev 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...

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Lucile Longview (1911-2010)

Lucile Longview (1911-2010)
Lucile 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...

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Leaping From Our Spheres

Rev. Marti KellerDon’t miss the “little gems full of both passion and facts” in the Blog of UUWF’s Affiliated Minister, Rev. Marti Keller.

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