This book offers thought-provoking perspectives on putting liberal religious values into action to address real problems in local communities and in the world. The story of these innovative ministries is intended to inspire change in thinking and practice. This collection of essays invites readers to consider how liberal religion can address social issues through innovative community ministries beyond the walls of congregations. It provides historical and theological perspectives on community ministry and offers engaging real-life stories of community ministries in action. The authors have a long history of working in community ministry and they bring their experience, their inspiration, and their concerns, shared by them and their ministerial colleagues in the field to their accounts of this important story. There is no other book that tells the story of the challenges and potential of Unitarian Universalist Community Ministry for today and the future.
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The 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. If wise old women were visible and powerful perhaps we would all be better educated about the female half of our religious history. If we honored the crone as a symbol of our earthly transformation, the cycle of death and new life, perhaps we would be less likely to destroy the life-giving systems of our planet. If we learned to respect indigenous cultures where old women are still revered, perhaps we could stem the violence against women, and between cultures, that pervades so much of our world. The Grandmother Galaxy explores some of these possibilities and asks: Could a growing galaxy of grandmothers lead us onto new paths for the future?
Rev. Ranck's long-awaited new book is available in print and eBook formats from iUniverse. Or go ahead and purchase here!
Cakes 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.
Cakes for the Queen of Heaven explores the relationship between women's religious history and the personal issues that arise in women living in this patriarchal society. Women struggle with issues of body image, troubled mother-daughter relationships, sexual freedom and access to power. We need to know that there was a time when the female body was sacred; that there once was a long-lasting religion in which the chief divine actors were a mother and her daughter; that in very ancient times women had significant power in their societies; that although patriarchal societies have oppressed women for centuries, there have always been strong and talented women. Our female history has been erased and trivialized for too long. In this book we meet ancient goddesses and their stories from around the world, real women in ancient Sumer, in Greece, in Judaism and in Christianity. In Cakes for the Queen of Heaven the past is before us, the women are there, and they help us change our lives.
Fact, Working Hypothesis, or Feminist Myth?
Great 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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A Women's Ritual
Carolyn McDade and Lucile Schuck Longview
Carolyn McDade is a composer and singer, feminist and social justice activist. Mother of three grown daughters, formerly a homemaker and teacher, she has used her music to explore and express the deep connections between women. In 1982-83 she spent a full year traveling to 70 (mostly Unitarian Universalist) churches around the U.S., doing services and concerts, reflecting with women on their lives and values. In 1981 she went to Central America and is an active worker in the Sanctuary movement and lives in solidarity with the people of Central America. She is co-creator of Womancenter at Plainville. Massachusetts, a small conference and gathering center for the evolving of women's perspectives on justice. “As a singer and songwriter, I believe in the power of women's voices and lives in creating the new society, one that is beautiful, limber, compassionate and just. My music is committed to creating the long-term feminist liberation movement that will birth this transformative change.”
Lucile Schuck Longview is a seventy-seven-year-old grandmother and liberation feminist. Formerly, as Lucile Schuck, she was a traditional corporate wife and mother. “I think of myself now as ‘Crone Longview,’ named ‘Longview’ by my unconscious nine years ago surprisingly but appropriately (because I consider myself a futurist). The term ‘Crone’ claims the wisdom gained from experience in a long life. Each day I enjoy knowing the person 1 am becoming in this latest sense-of-self. I am caught up in the sacred task of undermining patriarchy. This involves taking apart and examining the threads of the intellectual cocoon into which I have been acculturated and then constructing a more life-giving and sustaining world view, a new consciousness that includes a revised sense of the sacred.” [Note: Lucile passed away in 2010]
Booklet 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.
You can now read the entire booklet ONLINE: The Water Ritual (without sheet music)
Rosemary 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. An overwhelming task, they began in 1876 and finished the first four volumes in 1900 while they were both in their eighties. I wrote the first draft of this article in the fall of 1996 prompted by the constant questioning I received from ila Buenavidez-Heaster, convenor of the UUA Pacific Central District Women & Religion Task Force. How did it all begin? Who was involved? Was it difficult? What obstacles did you encounter? And: You've got to put this in writing so others will know."
Rosemary Matson was awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King in 2011. PHOTOS
Rosemary passed on in September of 2014. Liz Fisher wrote a tribute to her.
You can also read Rosemary's Memoirs online.
Margaret 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). Before Margaret Fuller died tragically in a shipwreck at the age of 40, she planned to lead a truly intercontinental life, contributing her many gifts to reform movements and revolutions in America and Europe.
This 24-page, saddle wire, illustrated self-guided trail guide documents places throughout New England where Margaret Fuller lived, worked, and visited including sites in Concord, Cambridge, and Boston, Massachusetts, and points west, north, and south of the city. There are also sites in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. The trail was written and designed by Bonnie Hurd Smith for the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial in 2010 from biographies by Joan von Mehren and Charles Capper. It features dozens of historical photographs and quotes from Fuller's work. Part of the proceeds from sales return to the Bicentennial committee for future projects. Discount for quantities over 10.
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 pamplet 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.
A 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.
Watch the video of the presentation at General Assembly 2007.