The Water Ritual
We [were] asked to make available the original worship service Coming Home, Like Rivers to the Sea: A Woman's Ritual for distribution at the 1997 General Assembly of Unitarian Universalists in Phoenix, Arizona.
We originally created the worship service for the November 1980 Women and Religion Continental Convocation of Unitarian Universalists in East Lansing, Michigan.
As we worked to give the service shape, our awareness increased of water's presence and deep meaning in our lives. Water is more than simply a metaphor. It is elemental and primary, calling forth feelings of awe and reverence.
Coming back to this service again after seventeen years, we see in it a deeper meaning than we had been aware of earlier. Acknowledging that the ocean is considered by many to be the place from which all life on our planet came—it is the womb of life—and that amniotic waters surround each of us prenatally, we now realize that “Coming Home, Like Rivers to the Sea” was for us a new story of creation.
May 21, 1997
Helen Hughes passes
As you may know, last week Helen Hughes passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Belfast, ME. Many people at the UU Church in Park Forest, Illinois remember her dearly and wish to share memories with one another. There will be a memorial celebration to honor her on Saturday, June 20th at 2pm at UUCC. Our CUUPs chapter will follow the memorial with a Summer Solstice Celebration. You are invited to attend both of these events. We look forward to seeing you. If you cannot attend, please keep her in mind at that time, perhaps by lighting a candle for her.
Helen Elizabeth Hughes, PhD
Helen was born April 23, 1922, in Damariscotta, ME, the last of 10 children, to the Rev. Thomas Bennett Hughes (1865-1957) and the Rev. Sarah Barbara Mayhew Hughes (1876-1972). She died in Belfast, May 26, 2015. She was 93.
General Assembly 2015
UUW&R will be in Portland, OR for the 2015 General Assembly. We'll have an exhibit booth, #218, right next door to the UU Women's Federation! What a great opportunity for some cross-pollination of ideas. Be sure to come and see us, and find out what these national UU women's organizations have to offer.
Unfortunately we won't have room for a Red Tent this year... booth prices went up substantially in 2015 for the larger spaces. We will have new items for sale: hand-knit scarves and shawls created and donated by a long-time W&R supporter. New this year: we won't have much inventory in the booth so we'll offer FREE SHIPPING to anyone ordering curricula, books or CDs at GA.
Both groups are looking for members and friends to help staff the booths during the week of GA, June 24-28. If you are going and are interested in volunteering for UUW&R, please contact Gretchen at 877-342-0850. or email@example.com. For UUWF, contact Kirstie Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UUWF will present two workshops at GA (details will be announced soon). UUW&R is looking for a location to have an off-site gathering. Maybe a Red Tent evening??
Women of We’Moon to Receive 2015 Brigit Award for Excellence in the Arts
The Association for Study of Women and Mythology Board of Directors has announced the Women of We’Moon as the 2015 recipients of the Brigit Award for the Arts. In so doing they recognize the artistic accomplishment and leadership of the many women who have contributed to and produced We’Moon and all it stands for through visionary art, poetry, and prose, offered in the form of empowering multicultural, earth spirited publications and projects.
From the 1980s to the present, and with the establishment of Mother Tongue Ink, We’Moon has produced an impressive stream of publications, including day and wall calendars, visually stimulating posters and art cards, and the impressive retrospective volume, In the Spirit of We’Moon: Celebrating Thirty Years (2010). More recently We’Moon has published Starhawk’s inspiring children’s book The Last Wild Witch: An Eco-Fable for Kids and Other Free Spirits! We’Moon has also created the We’Moon Land Communities in Oregon and We’Mooniversity, which trains women and girls to find their earth inspired creativity.