Welcome to UU Women and Religion
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
A Wider Horizon
Reprint of a booklet produced by the UUWF, "A Wider Horizon: UU Women with a Vision" was originally printed in 1985. 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.
They boldly entered college and started careers, not a usual thing to do in the early 1800s. They took active roles in the social concerns of their day and worked steadfastly toward more equal opportunities for women. At the same time, they valued home and family. Their fortitude has opened doors to fuller lives for women at home and in the community.
Whether behind the scenes or as public figures, women continue to transfer religious values into service to their families, churches, communities, and nations. We have not always known the stories of these women, but they affirm our lives and values.
Sharing these stories can move us toward a more balanced view of human experience. Supported by the framework of a liberal religious faith, women then and now dare to initiate, dare to state their vision, and dare to serve.
The brief stories in this pamphlet recognize only a few of the remarkable women who shaped and influenced our denomination and our world. Their actions have influenced the present as our actions influence the future. We hope these six women's lives will strike present chords and state an appreciation of the many courageous UU women we all know. When women see things that need to be done, we summon the resources to carry out our visions of a better world.
Pamela I. Pierson
Linda C. Schreiber
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40th Anniversary of the UU Women and Religion Resolution
2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of the passage of the Women and Religion Resolution that resulted in the creation of a Continental UUWR committee, W&R committees in 19 Districts, and much more. Liz Fisher has compiled an extensive history of the Resolution in a slideshow!
You can view it as a slideshow with narration, (it may take some time load - 65MB file) or download the PDF version:
As the River We Flow - download
Women's Drumming Circle of South Bend Indiana drumming and chant CD
DOWNLOAD! After you have placed your order, you will receive an email that includes a link and a token for your downloadable file.
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.