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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 gathering. 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

from UUTampa.org

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven - Volume 1: IN ANCIENT TIMES is a 5-session series of classes that will examine womens history related to art, literature and religion in the Ancient Near East, Old Europe and the predominate Western culture.  We will look at not only Christian and pre-Judaic cultures, but also to the wealth of material rooted in Africa, Asia, and original peoples of America.   It is important to note that our religious heritage cannot be contained in these five short sessions:

April 6 - The Sacred Female
April 20- In the Name of the Mother and the Daughter
May 4 -   Womanpower
May 18 -  From Goddess to God
June 1 -  Heritage of Peace

We will connect with our ancient past, with those deep roots in Goddess-oriented, possibly peaceful cultures.  We will begin to tell a new story.

Dear Friends,
        The celebration begins at 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 25th with the Performance Art and tales of AVP beginning at 4:00 PM.  Notice that you can sign up for free mini-workshops as well... one or all three.  Come and enjoy the afternoon, tomorrow, or when the gallery is open for the show through February 6th.  There will be AVP folks there every day if you'd like to talk or just look around.  Hope to see you there.  "Serene" Susan
Here is some detailed information about the Studio 620 art show, for the benefit of AVP and the work at the Women's Camp at Coleman Federal prison, our community work and work with young people.  The show is wonderful.  Lynn Carol Henderson has been working hard as the curator and the options run from $15 pieced pillows to artist created unique and beautiful chairs for only $25 each! to huge pieces of art that cost $6,000 plus.  And many pieces in the $100 or less range. 
You're Invited to an Alternative Visions of Peace (AVP) opening reception and art show at 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 25, 2009 at the Studio @ 620 in St. Petersburg, FL. A celebration of diversity, the Opening Reception will highlight artwork, of 30 local artists, dance, music and poetry related to peace.  To see the names of the Participating Artists, go to http://www.studio620.org   The opening will feature patchwork pillows made by young women and girls in the Quilt Project of the Florida Youth Arts Corps as well as the artwork of artists and non-artists alike who joined together to create multifariously painted chairs ($25 each).  The show runs through February 6th.


Performance Art  as part of the community celebration and hosted by Michele Young will include Abasi Ote, Phyllis McEwen, Linda Brassell and an ensemble of Young Violinists and concluding with Cindy Hillma.  Ote is known for playing World/Folk music and instruments including Didgeridoo, Tibetan Bowl, Conch Shell horn, Kilimba (African Mirba).  To see and hear some of his musical soundings go to : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pSmzrGAYYM


Admission free. Purchased artwork will benefit AVP, local artists, and the studio @ 620.


Experiential Workshops

    Mini experiential AVP workshops will be offered the first week in February at The Studio @ 620, exploring the concept of transformative conflict resolution.  Each one is unique.  Workshops are limited to 15 participants.  Come to one or all three. 

    Please RSVP and reserve your seat by calling Darrell Hefte at 727-799-0683.

  • February 2  6:30-8:30 PM : "Creating a Positive and Affirming Community" 
  • February 3  6:30-8:30 PM : "Practicing Pro-active Communication" 
  • February 5, 4:30-6:30 PM : "Transformative Conflict Resolution" 

A team of experienced trainers will facilitate the workshops.  There is no charge.  Donations are always welcome.


About AVP

Alternative Visions of Peace, known internationally as the Alternatives to Violence Project, is a non-profit organization which sponsors workshops in war-torn countries (such as Rwanda and Kenya, Columbia and Bosnia), in prisons and communities throughout the US and around the world.  Workshops involve basic building blocks of affirmation, community building, communication and cooperation skills, dealing with conflict management and resolution experientially, and through introduction of the concept of Transforming Power which is at the core of the project.  Participants examine violence as it surrounds us in our lives and how it is personal to each of us.  By working and playing together, we discover ways to function more effectively and peacefully every day.

AVP Tampa Bay consists of a group of community volunteers who offer at least one workshop a month, often two, at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, Women's Camp in central Florida as well as workshops in the Tampa Bay community for youth.and adults.  It currently has an active group of young adults in the Peace Studies Program at USF/Tampa working with students at the college.    Dr. Darrell Hefte, Coordinator of AVP Tampa Bay, has also worked with children and youth using AVP principles through the Pinellas County School System; the Pinellas County Health Department; and with Family Services as part of a grant to serve the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pinellas County (KUNGA).

Come find out more about AVP during our open-house on Sunday and during the week when AVP facilitators will be available to talk. 

To find out more about AVP, please visit  http://www.avpusa.org online or e-mail avp-tampabay@tampabay.rr.com


Contributing Organizations/Volunteers

 Youth Arts Corp:  A Program of Family Resources, Inc., is a free youth development, arts education and job training program that uses the fine arts to help youth reach their potential.  The opening will feature patchwork pillows made by young women in the Quilt Project of the Florida Youth Arts Corps at Wildwood Community Center. http://youthartscorps.org/

Community Volunteers:  Local artists and non-artists alike joined together to create multifariously painted chairs and imaginative craft projects.


About Abasi Ote

Abasi Ote - Excels at The Art of Primal Musical Instrument Making  He is noted for his sounds that he creates on the aboriginal Australian didgeridoo and for the making and playing of primal music instruments from Africa & the Middle East such as the Outa, Bull Roarer, and Clapper. Abasi Ote aslo does presentations that  include information on the historical origins of instruments, their relationship to ecology and the cultures they come from.  Abasi Ote, a peace maker, musician and primal instrument maker, teaches you to discover music anywhere, through innovation, adaptation, and borrowing from different cultures.  Abasi uses traditional and indigenous instruments such as wooden flutes, didgeridoos, bull roarers, rainsticks, musical mouth bow, and clappers.  He teaches about their historical origins, as well as, their relationships to the ecology and the cultures from which they are derived.  He pays special attention to Africa and Australia."Many children are becoming passive consumers at an early age," Abasi says.  Without elaborate toys, games, and media, they often regard their surroundings as inadequate or boring." Abasi's hands-on presentation encourages the audience to identify and make use of the bounty of human and natural resources all around us, creating  deeper sense of connection to the world.


About Phyllis McEwen 

Phyllis McEwen describes herself as a Chautauqua-style actor-scholar and visual artist. She is also an educator, librarian, poet and storyteller. For over 19 years, she has traversed the state of Florida regaling audiences with her performance as Zora Neale Hurston.


About Linda Brassell:

Linda Brassell is a Gulfport musician who makes and plays Native American style flutes. She is also a visual artist whose work reflects her native American ancestry. She is co-founder of Flute Circles in the TB area. She creates her Spirit Ponies and plays her flutes for the Native American community.

'Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.'


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