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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

Friday, October 10th

3 – 6pm: Registration and Name Tags

5 – 6pm: Social hour – Manor House

6:30 pm: Dinner in Dining Hall (Late Arrivals: Dinner cannot be saved.)

7:30 pm: Artisans’ Bazaar/Book Sale – Manor House

8 pm: Ingathering and Opening Ceremony – Tent/canopy (Bring anything that makes noise)

11 pm: Quiet Hour

Saturday, October 11th

7 a.m. Morning Meditation or trail walking

8 am: Breakfast in Dining Hall>

9 –9:45 am: Ingathering—Tent/Canopy

10:00 – 12:00: Morning workshops

12:00 pm: Lunch in Dining Hall

1 – 3 pm: Early Afternoon Workshops

3:30 – 5:30 pm: Late Afternoon Workshops

5 – 6 pm: Social Hour

6 pm: Dinner in Dining Hall

6:45 – 7:45 pm: Bazaar and Book Sale

8:00 pm: Evening Session: Tent /Canopy

9:00 pm: Fire Pit Celebration: Honoring the ancestors, Honoring ourselves

(bring your drums, any other instruments, & your voice)

11 pm: Quiet Hour

Sunday, October 12th

7 a.m. Morning Meditation or trail walking

8 am: >Breakfast in Dining Hall

9:00 – 10 am: Check out

9:30 – 10:30 am: Closing Ceremony:

11 am: Say farewells

Important Things to Remember:

  • We will be renting inexpensive folding chairs for outdoor seating under the tent/canopy. If you would be more comfortable bringing your own outdoor chair for whatever reason, please do so. Remember to put your name and number on it, just in case...
  • Item(s) for outdoor altar. (please mark them discreetly with your name)
  • An anecdote about a favorite ancestor to share at the campfire.
  • Any kind of noise-maker for the opening ritual. Drums and instruments for our fire pit celebration.
  • Books to donate to our book sale (proceeds go towards W&R scholarships)
  • Snacks, fruit, cheese, drinks to share in the Social Hour Friday or Saturday afternoon .
  • You may want to bring a flashlight. Favorite drinking mug. Extra beverages for your cabin (refrigerator available).
  • Basic comfort clothes (shorts, slacks, walking shoes, P.J.s, sweater), sunscreen. Insect repellant may be important to you, since we are meeting outside in the evening. NO PERFUMES PLEASE!


  • “goddess clothes” (loose, swirly, colorful outfit suitable for dancing, comfortable for outdoor wear) for Saturday evening.
  • Money to spend at the artisans’ bazaar, at the W&R used book sale and for refreshment/snack donations.
  • A mat or a towel for yoga.
  • Binoculars or camera for nature walking.
  • You don’t need to bring: sheets or towels

Here are the pictures of the Conference held at UU Clearwater, contributed by Diane, Carol & Mary.

Click on the first picture to start the slide show, keep your mouse near the upper right of the photo to click on "Next" when you're ready.



... has been cancelled.

Unfortunately the details just could not come together for this retreat to happen.

Please continue to check this space periodically for news of a future event or ongoing news concerning UU women and religion in the state of Florida.

If you wish to be a part of regenerating the energy behind this organization, please click on the "Statewide News" link on page left, and read Susan's letter.

Last updated on March 11, 2008

FL W&R 2008 Fall Retreat!

October 10-12, 2008
Chinsegut Hill Education Conference Center
University of South Florida, Brooksville

 "Being Peace"

Our Fall Retreat


October 12, 13, 14 2007


Chinsegut Hill Conference and Retreat Center


After our amazing conference in May, where we discussed Healing & Changing our World, few things could seem more timely than a retreat focused on bringing & being peace. We will spend our time together learning & sharing about the concept of peace & what holds us back from peace in our minds, bodies, spirits, and our greater world. During our ingathering, we will share a Gifting Blanket - a Native American tradition that teaches us about gratitude & the perfect web of all things. Please bring a small gift of personal significance - perhaps something you already own - wrapped in brown paper or newsprint with your name inside. We will exchange these gifts in a meaningful way - each receiving exactly the gift that was meant for us. We will be given many other gifts, of course, on this special retreat - a knowing smile, a hug, a deep insight, hearty laughter, and the magic of being in community.

We will have workshops to help you achieve peace in your body & spirit. We will create a communal piece of art that will represent what holds us all back from peace & which we will burn in ceremony on Saturday night. And we will hold small group discussions about peace - what it is, how to achieve it, and why it matters. This promises to be a fabulous event - we look forward to seeing you all there!



We have a number of workshops in mind. These are a sample of what may be available.


Join us for gentle Yoga and experience a peaceful session whereby you work to integrate yourself with the environment, the body, the mind, and the spirit.

Nature Walk Meditation

The Chinsequt grounds have wonderful nature trails. A Peace inspirited walking meditation will be set up for your enjoyment. Walk alone or with others to reinvigorate your soul, find inspiration and renew yourself for life after our woman's gathering.

Community Art

Faith will facilitate a communal Peace art project which will be created during the day. It will play an integral part in Saturday night's extravaganza. This project will be ritually burned as an offering to the spirit of peace.

Non-violent Communication

Susan Hefte will lead a group exercise and discussion on productive methods of communication in today's world. Susan is a dynamic presenter who will inspire and facilitate an amazing discussion.

Peace Ribbon Project

The Peace Ribbon honors the victims of the Iraq War by creating a memorial to fallen soldiers and Iraqi civilians. The Peace Ribbon Project in an ongoing project and our goal is to create a remembrance panel for each life that has been claimed by this war. The Peace Ribbon has been displayed around the country. You can visit The Peace Ribbon Project for photos. You will be invited to help create a panel. Bring sewing machines and scraps if you'd like. You may also just find out more about Code Pink.


Healing and Changing Our World

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

For generations women have been healers, and that tradition has been passed down to our daughters thru the ages. Women find many different ways to make things better, we kiss boo boos, plant trees, create art, make chicken soup, hug and listen, sing lullabies and chant protest songs and carry memories of loved ones into the next generation.

We heal each other as well in ways we may not be aware of because to heal our world, we have to heal ourselves first. Our world seems to be tearing apart right now. We can choose to see it as re-modeling, tearing apart to rebuild in a better way.

Although we sometimes feel small and powerless in the chaos, gathering women in one place is empowering.

This weekend’s gathering hopes to offer some ways to think about healing and ideas of things to do that can help change our world. There are so many wonderful things happening and we have some great workshops planned, so we hope you will choose to make a difference in your life and in the world around you by joining and enjoying this time together.

We will have a labyrinth on loan from the Hospice of Pasco County. Each woman will have the option of signing up for her time alone in the sanctuary with the labyrinth.


  1. Harmonic Rituals for Everyday Balance-Elly Kelly Baker
  2. Energy Medicine - Liz Mason
  3. Ecofeminism – Spirituality and Activism -Lynn Carol Henderson
  4. Our Rwanda Sisters - Cece Yochum
  5. Ratify the ERA - Sandy Oestreich
  6. Healing with Music- Amy Carol Webb
  7. Taoist Tai Chi demonstration and participation
  8. Facial Massage Meditation - Margaret Shepherd
  9. Living Organically - Jeri Baldwin
  10. Creating Prayer Shawls - MJ Arnaldi and Karen Frank
  11. Women and Economics in the Third World - Linda Lucas
  12. Solar Funnel Cookers – Mary Wickensheimer



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