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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

Florida District Women
are invited to join together in retreat

March 15-17 2013
Annual Florida District Women’s Retreat, DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, Ellenton, FL

DaySpring, located conveniently off I-75, offers a wooded setting on a cove of the Manatee River. Bring UU women together in a setting which provides opportunities for conversation, sharing herstories, laughter and music, add nature trails, rocking chairs on screened porches, bicycles, a campfire, drumming, more laughter and conversation and you create a memorable experience! We gather together to create and enhance our connections to one another. We will also enjoy good food. Special dietary concerns can be met with prior notification.

Eight women share a cottage which provides four semi private rooms, a common area and screened porch. In addition to the cozy cottages, the center offers two larger buildings which,
if needed, can house an additional 12 and 22.

A registration form will be emailed to all who express interest. Please email or phone your interest to Allie, indigo8062@earthlink.net or 352-861-6303

The first retreat was in 2011:

http://www.uuwr.org/womuunweb-news/200-florida-ne-cluster-womens-retreat

...and again in 2012.
http://www.necluster.uufg.org/attachments/105_Northeast%20Breeze%20June%202012.pdf (see page 5 for a detailed report and photos)

REVIEWS:

from uuvaldosta.org:

"Creating Connections - UU Florida District Northeast Cluster Women’s Retreat:

Rose Baker attended this retreat the first weekend in February [2011]. She reports that beginning on Friday evening, February 4 and concluding on Sunday, after lunch, on February 6, thirty-four UU women talked, listened, sang, made some musical noise with various instruments (some homemade), made a life collage, danced, ate and shared a common UU thread between themselves.  She rode from Ocala, FL with Allie Gore, one of the conference organizers, and another attendee to Oviedo, FL to the Canterbury Resort and Conference Center.

Rose roomed with a retired music teacher who played the piano and sang with her daughter for the conference attendees.  The making of life collages and discussing these collages provided an intimate look into each participant's life.  Other than learning about the trials and tribulations along with the successes of the UU Churches represented, many of the life collages presented a look into mother/daughter relationships--some good, some not so good.  Rose says, “it was a pure joy to be together with other UU women who shared similar interests and an openness of beliefs.”  The participants hope to have another conference next year."

http://www.floridadistrict.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/FL-UU-Womens-Retreat-April-2012.pdf

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