UU Women and Religion

... toward a new day ...

A Wider Horizon coverReprint of a booklet produced in 1985 by the UUWF, "A Wider Horizon: UU Women with a Vision." You can read A Wider Horizon online or purchase one or multiple copies here.

From the Introduction:

Our Unitarian-Universalist heritage includes the contributions of many women of firm conviction and strong character. With determination and tact, these self-reliant women accomplished personal and social goals against all odds.

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Poet and journalist Nan Lundeen gives voice to rural Iowa of the 1950s "where cornfields sang in summer/and winter howled at our throats."

"In these poems, Nan harvests the stories of the land and the people that she came from and both will forever live in her well-worked lines." - Glenis Redmond, Teaching Artist & Poet.

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womanrunesWhat are Womanrunes and why use them?

Womanrunes are a unique and powerful divination system that use simple, woman-identified symbols to connect deeply with your own inner wisdom as well as the flow of womanspirit knowledge that surrounds you. Used as a personal oracle, they offer spiritual insight, understanding, and guidance as well as calls to action and discovery. Women who use them are amazed to discover how the symbols and interpretations reach out with exactly what you need in that moment.

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Cakes for the Queen of Heaven book by Rev. Shirley RanckCakes for the Queen of Heaven, by Shirley Ranck, provides in book format the powerful lessons of the life-transforming curriculum by the same author. The book version, first published in the 90s, makes this material accessible for women today. It can be used by individuals or small groups to explore key issues women still struggle with today. LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK!

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We found this great resource at GA!

Here is a collection of inspiring and deeply meaningful earth-based rituals that celebrate life's transitions, offer healing for our sorrows and wounds, time to play, and ceremony to honor our journey and the journeys of those we love.

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Water Ritual cover new smA Women's Ritual

Carolyn McDade and Lucile Schuck Longview

"The water ceremony became the central part of a religious service that broke with tradition in significant ways. It was created by lay women, women who had long been silent in the pews. The ritual space was also made sacred by the women themselves. We gathered to worship in a way authentic and liberating to us, not as in a church but in a semicircle around a large common earthen bowl. It was a ritual of women's being connected by a universal symbol, water, a ritual of women being connected to the totality of life."

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“Gaia exemplifies the earth as a living entity, which we must preserve and sustain for our children," says sculptor Dora Natella, whose work adorns the cover of Nan Lundeen’s cautionary collection of poems, Gaia’s Cry. As global warming accelerates, Nan asks what form Gaia will take during her grandson Elijah’s lifetime.

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Award-Winning Sermons about Women -- edited by Rev. Dorothy Emerson
Glorious Women, ed. Rev. Dorothy EmersonGlorious Women is a compilation of sermons that have won the Ministerial Sisterhood UU Sermon Award. The book is edited by Dorothy Emerson and includes her account of the amazing growth of women in UU ministry from the early 1980s through 2004. The sermons are filled with insight to inspire the translation of faith into action and the living of more authentic lives.

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GrandmotherGalaxy-ShirleyRanckThe Grandmother Galaxy is one woman’s journey into three spirals of learning that have emerged and confront us in the 21st century--women’s creative spirituality, a growing appreciation of our earthly home, and a deepening respect for the varied cultures created by human beings. In each of these spirals the image of a fierce and powerful old woman arises as central to our journey. The study guide for the book is online at www.grandmothergalaxy.org

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Fact, Working Hypothesis, or Feminist Myth?
Great Goddess bookletGreat Goddess: Fact, Working Hypothesis, or Feminist Myth? is a compilation of panel presentations given at General Assembly 1992, edited by Dorothy Emerson. The panel and the publication were sponsored by the Feminism Section of Collegium, Association for Liberal Religious Studies, as part of its "Edge of the Wave" series, coordinated by Betty Hoskins. The 40 page booklet, in part a discussion of issues raised by Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, includes contributions by Carol Graywing, Shirley Ranck, Carol Hepokoski, Holly Horn, Christa Heiden Landon, Elizabeth Fisher, and Betty Hoskins.

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FullersFootstepsMargaret Fuller was an author, editor, journalist, educator, and women's rights advocate. Today, we consider her one of the guiding lights of the first wave of feminism in America.

She was the first editor of the Transcendentalist newspaper The Dial and the author of the landmark Woman in the Nineteenth Century.

She was the first woman journalist and the first literary editor for a major American newspaper (New-York Tribune), the first woman foreign correspondent, and the first to serve in that capacity during wartime (Italian Revolution).

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PantyhoseDeclarations

Nan Lundeen's powerful collection of thirty-eight poems introduces the reader to women who refuse to wear pantyhose, who rebuff the duty train, and who discover the magic of a redemptive red bra.

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Revolution by ResolutionA Sunday service script/ritual developed by UU Women and Religion -- Developed by Nuala Carpenter, Laurie James, Doddie Stone, Geri Kennedy and Helen Popenoe. Written by Dorothy Emerson. Songs by Carolyn McDade.

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Rosemarys Memoirs cover new smRosemary says in the introduction, "I remember reading that Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony felt an obligation to put the history of the suffrage movement into some kind of permanent form so that the story could be passed on to the next generation. They did not want the story of their struggles to be lost to history.

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Sea Change book 300x209... the unfinished agenda of the 1960s

Sea Change is an intimate exploration of a young life lived on the edge of radical hope, change, and possibility in the 1960s in California.

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Pacific Central District Women and Religion Shared Leadership Booklet

Developing easy ways to govern a group in a non-hierarchical style is the subject of this simple yet powerful approach, tested in hundreds of small groups. This pamphlet outlines the theory of paradigm shift, describing the roles that make meetings flow and procedures needed for balancing the completion of tasks with bonding and morale of group members.

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Standing Before Us - Rev Dorothy EmersonUnitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform 1776-1936 Edited by Dorothy May Emerson
We still confront many of the same issues faced by our foremothers. By engaging with these women of the past, we hope to empower and inspire today's women and men to continue the work of creating a world of justice and peace for all.--from the preface Standing Before Us presents 160 years of women's work.

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Moo of Writing 300wJonathan Telfer, Editor, Writers' News and Writing Magazine, U.K, says, "Writing advice guides often tend to blur into each other, but not Moo of Writing, which takes a holistic approach to improve the writer’s life and creative process in a refreshingly different way. Unleash your inner cow and find your moos!"

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Water Ritual cover new smBooklet originally published by Pacific Central District W&R, "The Water Ritual" by Carolyn McDade and Lucille Longview is the original worship service "Coming Home, Like Rivers to the Sea: A Women's Ritual," created for the November 1980 Women and Religion Continental Convocation of Unitarian Universalists in East Lansing, Michigan. Includes readings, lyrics and sheet music.

PERMISSION TO PERFORM CAROLYN'S SONGS:  Permission letter CarolynMcDade

You can now read the entire booklet ONLINE: The Water Ritual (without sheet music)

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