UU Women's Herstories
Lately I've been hearing from women who want to be sure our UU women's stories are not forgotten. So far I know of a few projects that are online:
I know there are more in the works. What's the herstory of your UU women's group? Maybe we can share these at GA this year.
Email me! -- Gretchen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Music for Women's History Month
Someone was asking -- what hymns in the UU Singing the Living Tradition (STLT) hymnal speak to women's history and/or are by women composers or lyricists? I did a bit of checking around. Hmm, I see we still have a ways to go. The STLT Index of Composers only lists around 80 women composers, arrangers or lyricists … out of several hundred. Which ones speak to you?
I especially like anything by Carolyn McDade: 121 We’ll Build A Land, 123 Spirit of Life, 346 Come Sing A Song with Me. I think she speaks more to present and universal experience than to history, but that's just me.
Margaret Fuller - A New American Life
Megan Marshall's book on Margaret Fuller is coming out March 4 in paperback. It's also available for tablet readers like Kindle and Nook.
"The award-winning author of The Peabody Sisters takes a fresh look at the trailblazing life of a great American heroine—Thoreau’s first editor, Emerson’s close friend, first female war correspondent, and passionate advocate of personal liberation and political freedom.
"From an early age, Margaret Fuller provoked and dazzled New England’s intellectual elite. Her famous Conversations changed women’s sense of how they could think and live; her editorship of the Transcendentalist literary journal The Dial shaped American Romanticism. Now, Megan Marshall, whose acclaimed The Peabody Sisters “discovered” three fascinating women, has done it again: no biography of Fuller has made her ideas so alive or her life so moving.
"Marshall tells the story of how Fuller, tired of Boston, accepted Horace Greeley’s offer to be the New York Tribune’s front-page columnist. The move unleashed a crusading concern for the urban poor and the plight of prostitutes, and a late-in-life hunger for passionate experience. In Italy as a foreign correspondent, Fuller took a secret lover, a young officer in the Roman Guard; she wrote dispatches on the brutal 1849 Siege of Rome; and she gave birth to a son.
Yet, when all three died in a shipwreck off Fire Island shortly after Fuller’s 40th birthday, the sense and passion of her life’s work were eclipsed by tragedy and scandal. Marshall’s inspired account brings an American heroine back to indelible life."
International Convocation of UU Women's South American Pilgrimage
This Fall 2015 trip continues the tradition of ICUUW's two previous service-learning trips to India and the Philippines, providing educational experiences as well as personal bonds with our liberal religious sisters. Join us to gain a deeper understanding of social, economic, and environmental issues affecting the local community and the indigenous peoples, as well as to visit sacred religious sites in Bolivia (such as Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat) and Peru (Machu Picchu).
Olga Flores, human rights activist and leader of a Unitarian Universalist community in La Paz, will accompany us on our journey of discovery, contributing relevant expertise and insights into our shared religious roots and the local culture.
Several days will be dedicated to a small gathering of liberal religious women in La Paz, where we will engage in a community capacity building effort called “Global Sisters Process,” a democratic decision-making process providing women with the necessary tools and skills to establish priorities and address them through consensual decision-making and action-planning.
Please communicate your interest in the tour to International Women's Convocation Executive Director Zsófia Sztranyiczki at email@example.com