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, 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
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Reproductive Justice Resources
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UU’s For Reproductive Justice Yahoo Group
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13 Most Influential People in Goddess Spirituality
Molly Remer's recent column on Theapoetics blog included mention of Rise Up's Liz Fisher and Cakes' Shirley Ranck on her top 13 list:
Brigit: Sun of Womanhood
A new Anthology edited by Patricia Monaghan and Michael McDermott.
Brigit: Sun of Womanhood offers a holistic picture of Brigit from her beginnings as a Celtic Goddess to her role as a Christian saint. The contributors to this anthology hail from all parts of the globe—including Ireland, Scotland, the United States and Canada—reflecting the widespread influence of Brigit. Readers will be transformed by this inspiring collection.
This newest anthology from Goddess Ink is edited by Michael McDermott and Patricia Monaghan and features writers from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the US including Carol Christ, Sr. Rita Minehan, M. Macha Nightmare, Dolores Whelan, Joan McBreen, Matthew Geden, and many others.
Purchase through Goddess Ink: http://www.goddess-ink.com/brigitsunofwomanhood.html
2013 Brigit Award
The Association for the Study of Women in Mythology (ASWM) is honored to offer the 2013 Brigit Award for Excellence in the Arts to Lydia Ruyle. Lydia is an artist scholar emeritus of the Visual Arts faculty, University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, where The Lydia Ruyle Room for Women Artists was dedicated in 2010. In April 2013, the University presented Lydia with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Few artists can claim to have profoundly expanded and improved contemporary images of women. Lydia is beloved around the globe for her stunning presentation of multicultural goddesses and symbols of divinity. Her Goddess Icon Banner Project began in 1995 with 18 banners created for exhibit in Ephesus, and has grown to include representations of over 150 goddesses. The Brigit Award recognizes not only this great body of work but also Lydia’s dedicated scholarship in researching these diverse, inspiring images.
Conference Guide Released
An archived copy of the Conference and Retreat Guide written by Rev. Barbara Child and updated by Florida UU Women and Religion has been released for the public, at www.floridawomenandreligion.org. Though the group isn't currently meeting, Continental UUW&R has obtained permission to make this online resource available. You might read and use it like sourdough starter to update with your own procedures and notes.