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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.

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