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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 Districts that hold Women & Religion programs and woman-focused gatherings. It exists at General Assembly, where UUW&R has an annual gathering and a booth in the display area. And it lives in the hearts and lives of women and men 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

With deep sadness, we report that Liz Fisher has passed away after several months in hospice care for cancer. We'll have more details as time goes on. She shared these thoughts with us back in May.

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As I look back over my 72+ years of life in this body I am amazed at all I have experienced, thought and felt. During my years from early 1980s to the present, Women and Religion has been my nourishment. As Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898) of the 19th century taught so well, the early societies that proceeded patriarchy have a profound message for us.

The purpose of Women and Religion is to proclaim our ancestral stream of concern for fair, compassionate, kind, and most of all, mutually supportive inclinations. This tendency is to be blended with the contemporary concerns of positive modeling of non-violent co-existence and protection of the natural world – plant, animal, stone and star.

Gretchen Ohmann has been the web keeper linking several generations and many women, allowing all to find places in the web. Her generosity and response to my critical need is further proof of the real spirit – social, physical and group conferencing – I have always felt with Women and Religion.

I have to call out Shirley Ranck – a role model for kind sustenance and stalwart holding of the message of this movement. She kept the light for all of us as well as others living and passed. A special thanks to Rosemary Matson, Lucile Longview, Emily Champagne and Meg Bowman who taught me that women’s rights are human rights, as well as to Barbara Schonborn for her uplifting attitudes.

There have been men throughout the years who have been sympathetic too, particularly my devoted partner, Robert Fisher, who has fully backed the W&R movement and been my chief promoter, and who so impeccably cared for me during my last months. We share the worldview of Taoism / Wabi Sabi that: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.

I have for some time been creating and sharing expressions of my observations, feelings, insights and wisdom. I have also published the efforts of others, especially in the Rise Up curriculum. I made available some of these at www.RiseUpandCallHerName.com.  I believe the Universe has intelligence which is available and willing to participate in each of our adventures. It is called LOVE.

May, 2020         Pacific Grove, California

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