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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 communities that hold Women & Religion programs and gatherings for those who identify as women. It exists at the UU General Assembly, where UUW&R brings our Store to the Exhibit Hall and occasionally hosts a gahering. And it lives in the hearts and lives of people 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

This year, UUWR will partner with International Women's Convocation in the GA exhibit hall!

Sadly, we won't have the Red Tent - we're committed to covid safety protocols, and the enclosed space doesn't allow for social distancing.

Join and win! 6 Gift Bags will be given away. Join UUWR for a donation of any amount by June 25th and be entered into a drawing. Gift Bag includes nearly $200 in works by UU women:

  • Circle Model of Shared Leadership - Elizabeth Fisher
  • Blessing Book journal - Matrika Press
  • Gaia's Cry poetry - Nan Lundeen
  • Women of Spirit Anthology - Twinkle Marie Porter Manning
  • Revolution by Resolution - Dorothy Emerson et al
  • UU Women and Religion Movement herstory - Rosemary Matson
  • The Water Ritual - Carolyn McDade and Lucile Longview
  • CD: As the River We Flow - Women's Drumming Circle of First U South Bend Indiana
  • CD: Thirteen Ships - Carole Eagleheart
  • DVD: Rise Up and Call Her Name - Elizabeth Fisher
  • DVD: Things We Don't Talk About (The Red Tent movement) - Isadora Leidenfrost
  • button: "We Want to Change the Recipe" - Rosemary Matson
  • scented soap bar - Peighton Carter
  • Goddess figurine - Molly Remer, Brigid's Grove
  • hand-knit scarf (choice of colors) - Pat Reed

20180620 102615UU women's GA 2019 events are listed at right.

Be sure to visit us in the Exhibit Hall booths 332-336 for The Red Tent, the UUWR Store and more!

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General Assembly 2018

will be in Kansas City, Missouri, June 20-24.

Events UUWF, UUW&R and International Women's Convo are sponsoring at GA:

UUWF Annual breakfast and Ministry to Women Award
Thursday 6/21/2018 - 7:15 - 8:30 AM
Crowne Plaza -- Salon B
RSVP now no charge

The 2018 Ministry to Women Award is being given this year to Rev. Dr. Deborah Pope-Lance and Rev. Gail Seavey in recognition of their prophetic persistence over the years that has kept the issue of clergy sexual misconduct within Unitarian Universalism within our public consciousness. They both have named and educated on the existence of  sexual harassment and abuse in our faith communities, and helped develop safe congregation practices.

 

 

 

UUW&R Annual breakfast and networking
Friday 6/22/2018 - 7:15 - 8:45 AM
Marriott -- Truman A
RSVP now $35

Circle with UU women's spirituality leaders and enjoy a spectacular breakfast! MENU

Clare Fortune Lad2.jpg 168x300UUWF/New Prophetic Sisterhood Sermon Award Winner*
Friday 6/22/2018 - 11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Room 3501 EF

The winner of the annual UU Women’s Federation Sermon Award, Clare Fortune-Lad, Director of Religious Education at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts, will deliver her sermon, “#MeToo, Now What?” with the intent of sparking an interactive dialogue between participants to explore the ways that “all are called” to build this movement for gender equity through a spiritually-sustaining lens.
Rev. Marti Keller, UUWF Minister
Rev. Beth Dana, NPSUU chair, past UUWF Board member
Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario, UUWF V-P Recruitment
Clare Fortune-Lad

dr rica lamarIWC Annual Breakfast
Saturday, June 23, 7 - 8:30 AM
Crowne Plaza Hotel Salon B, Kansas City, Missouri
Keynote speaker: Dr. Rica Lamar, India
RSVP now $35

#MeToo: Called to Challenge Systemic Patriarchy*
Saturday 6/23/2018 - 1:30 - 4:00 PM
Room 2503

U*U women worldwide lead their civic and faith communities to confront physical, sexual, economic bullying and abuse in systems of patriarchal authority. With distinguished panelists and small group conversation, we will define the problem and search for answers. As U*Us we will listen, engage and act.
Rev. Marti Keller, UUWF Minister
Rev. Addae Kraba, Past UUW&R Convener
Dr. Rica Lamar
Melissa Stiehler

UUWF Report to the General Assembly*
Friday 6/22 in General Session 3 at 10:20 AM

Exhibit Hall Booth 322-326: Information, UU womxns bookstore, and The Red Tent!* (open to the public on Sunday)

Red Tent Mini-Workshops and Appearances

Author/Musician Nancy Vedder-Shults will be at the booth with her latest book, The World Is Your Oracle. She'll present some mini-workshops in The Red Tent.

UU Women and Religion Bookstore

The Store will feature a new anthology of womyn's wisdom by Matrika Press, Chalices by KimberleeClay, a new book by Rev. Dorothy Emerson, an updated version of the Peacemaker study series by Melinda Morris Perrin, Red Tent resources and Goddess figurines from Brigid's Grove, fresh reprints from the archives, and lots more!

* indicates that you must be registered for GA to attend.

UUW&R breakfast
Friday 6/22/2018 - 7:15 - 8:45 AM
Marriott -- Truman A

Guest speaker is to be announced. Continental breakfast, a brief ritual, and plenty of opportunity to share in circle and network with UU womxn gathering leaders.

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Join us in June in New Orleans, Louisiana!

UUWR will have a booth in the General Assembly Exhibit Hall – next door to UUWF.

General Assembly Programs

Reception: “UUWF/UUWR Breakfast Celebrates 40 Years of Women and Religion”
Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center – Fulton
Join the UU Women’s Federation and UU Women and Religion for a breakfast celebrating the 40th anniversary of the UUA Women & Religion Resolution. We will enjoy food together and honor the women past and present who have helped bring about change in our movement around gender equity and justice.
RSVP requested, but not required.

photo courtesy of Gloria Marvin

Program: "Justice for Women and Girls" UU Women's Federation Sermon Award
Thursday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m.
Convention Center Room 220
Congratulations to Erin J. Walter, winner of the 2017 UUWF “Justice for Women and Girls” Sermon Award. Her sermon “From Eve to Hillary” will be featured at General Assembly, and we’ll invite lively conversation and action on the topics raised. Learn more about Erin here...

Lucile and RosemaryIn this 40th year since the adoption of the UU WOMEN AND RELIGION RESOLUTION, we are making a special effort to collect and archive our story.

Do you have photos of women who you remember for their contribution to the UU Women's movement?

Do you know women you could ask for photos, stories, or reflections that you could help send to us?

Please send digital copies of photos, stories, reflections to photos@uuwr.org.

If you know someone we should contact for their help in this project, please email Julia Harris at scotfiddle@aol.com with the contact information.

AND - watch for announcements of a special event at General Assembly!

photo: Lucile Longview and Rosemary Matson

Geri and GretchenGeneral Assembly this year held some high points: the statement of conscience on Reproductive Justice was approved. Read the DRAFT. Ware lecturer Dr. Cornell West railed against not only white supremacy but male supremacy. He challenged us all to Integrity, Honesty, Decency and Virtue. Watch the VIDEO to get a fuller sense of what he means. It was an electrifying speech. Newly fellowshipped ministers included a large contingent of young women. As someone already past middle-age, this gives me a boost of hope for the future, and also a grand curiosity. How will this new wave change our denomination -- and the world -- yet again? What wil be the shape of their ministry?

In closer focus, this year marked evidence of a closer relationship with our sister organization, the UU Women's Federation. They sponsored two excellent workshops at GA and gave an annual report to the UUA. With a herstory going back at least 150 years, UUWF is the oldest women's organization in our denomination. UUWF is conducting a SURVEY to hear what UU women prioritize in social justice work. We had side-by-side booths in the GA Exhibit Hall, and learned a lot about each other, sometimes "working" each others' booths. It was a good opportunity to explain to many people what the differences in emphasis are between our two groups. UUWF board members were very focused and got into a lot of one-on-one conversations with GA-goers.

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