Welcome to UU Women and Religion
Welcome! The Women and Religion Movement is alive and well in the 21st Century. A grassroots project started by lay leaders in the 1970s as an effort to promote examination of religious roots of sexism and patriarchy within the UUA and beyond, UU Women and Religion officially began as a task force following the unanimously-passed WOMEN AND RELIGION RESOLUTION at the 1977 UUA General Assembly. Although the Task Force was eventually sunsetted, the movement still exists in UU Districts that hold Women & Religion programs and woman-focused gatherings. It exists at General Assembly, where UUW&R has an annual gathering and a booth in the display area. And it lives in the hearts and lives of women and men who have been touched by the many changes inspired by this movement.
"We do not want a piece of the pie. It is still a patriarchal pie. We want to change the recipe!" -- Rosemary Matson
Celebrating Honoring Healing
We found this great resource at GA!
Here is a collection of inspiring and deeply meaningful earth-based rituals that celebrate life's transitions, offer healing for our sorrows and wounds, time to play, and ceremony to honor our journey and the journey's of those we love. They sprang from the lives and creative spirits of the authors. The book is a multi-cultural approach that combines an earth-centered spirituality with a dedication to and valuing of both feminine and masculine aspects of spirituality. With much encouragement from their participants, the authors have gathered a collection of their best rituals to share with you. This is a book that will be a source of inspiration and/or ‘ready to use’ rituals that will give you and others much needed spiritual sustenance.
Also available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Celebrating-Honoring-Healing-Collection-Earth-based/dp/1514237385
Rise Up and Call Her Name
A Woman-honoring Journey into Global Earth-based Spiritualities by Elizabeth Fisher
Originally published by the UUWF in 1995, this multicultural and multimedia course has been experienced by thousands around the world. Many have been profoundly moved by its exciting exploration of sacred narratives that honor the cross cultural female divine, as well as the many diverse and creative activities included.
This re-release contains all the original content but is more flexible. Easier-to-use formats give facilitators additional possibilities for programming. Components are sold as a complete kit or separately.
RiseUp website has been updated in September 2016 with lots more resources! See www.RiseUpandCallHerName.com for more detailed information.
Complete Kit contains:
- Leader's Guide to 13 individual sessions, each running from 2-3 hours-with complete facilitation notes, orientation essays and group leadership guidelines; also suitable for solo use. Spiral bound.
- Two hour DVD of woman-honoring sacred art, both ancient and contemporary, that is sensitively narrated in 11 individual segments with full color menu.
- Music CD of chants, songs, stories, and instrumental selections which express the emotional essence of the journey. Selections playable in any order.
- 385 page Sourcebook in an e-book searchable file comprised of background and resources. It is recommended that each participant have a copy of this file or a printed version of this Sourcebook to use for home study. E-book can be shared with participants or additional copies can be purchased.
The Grandmother Galaxy is one woman’s journey into three spirals of learning that have emerged and confront us in the 21st century--women’s creative spirituality, a growing appreciation of our earthly home, and a deepening respect for the varied cultures created by human beings. In each of these spirals the image of a fierce and powerful old woman arises as central to our journey. If wise old women were visible and powerful perhaps we would all be better educated about the female half of our religious history. If we honored the crone as a symbol of our earthly transformation, the cycle of death and new life, perhaps we would be less likely to destroy the life-giving systems of our planet. If we learned to respect indigenous cultures where old women are still revered, perhaps we could stem the violence against women, and between cultures, that pervades so much of our world. The Grandmother Galaxy explores some of these possibilities and asks: Could a growing galaxy of grandmothers lead us onto new paths for the future?
Rev. Ranck's long-awaited latest book is available in print and eBook formats from iUniverse. Or go ahead and purchase here!
The study guide for the book is online at www.grandmothergalaxy.org