UU Womenspirit Newsletter
The gorgeous UU Womenspirit newsletter She Speaks is available here: http://uuwomenspirit.org/newsletter/
New UUA Curriculum for Reproductive Justice
Unitarian Universalists (UUs) are called to answer the chilling political debate on reproductive rights with calls for reproductive ‘justice’ and respect for the fullness of every person’s reproductive and sexual life. The election of the 2012-2016 Congregational Study/Action Issue, “Reproductive Justice: Expanding our Social Justice Calling,” is a milestone opportunity for Unitarian Universalists to live into this call. This curriculum was written to help UUs take on this call to action: www.uua.org/reproductive/calling/curriculum
Learn more about the CSAI on reproductive justice here (including the text of the proposal, timelines, etc.): www.uua.org/reproductive/calling
January 22, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade case which made abortion legal in the United States. Preaching on this topic would be a great way to launch the curriculum in your congregation. Ministers can sign up for the Reproductive Justice Clergy Caucus and find sermon resources at http://bit.ly/RoeSermonGuide
Women and Mythology - Call for Papers
Lady of Ten Thousand Lakes: Finding Wisdom in Places
Call for Papers
The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology Biennial Symposium
St. Paul, MN, April 20, 2013
Much of mythology is grounded in place. Suggested topics for this symposium might include, but are not limited to, the following:
Patricia Monaghan 1946-2012
Author Patricia Monaghan passed on November 10. She wrote many books, The Goddess Path being perhaps the most well-known.
Patricia Monaghan, Ph.D., (born 15 February 1946-died 10 November, 2012) [was] one of the pioneers of the contemporary women's spirituality movement. She is the author of more than 15 books of poetry and nonfiction, including the two volume Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines. She live[d] in Black Earth, Wisconsin (although she [held] dual Irish and American citizenship), where she and her husband Michael McDermott tend[ed] a vineyard and large organic garden. ... a wine expert, and author of Wineries of Minnesota and Wisconsin, she [was] a founder of and Senior Fellow at The Black Earth Institute, connecting earth, spirit and society through the arts.
A Book To Tie Effective Feminism to Successful Elections
South American feminism is different from the US model according to journalist Barbara Frechette. She also adds that in several ways, it is better and could serve as a lesson in unity for all US women today. Her book, Sharing Power, analyzes what was in recent years, a quick efficient and less contentious empowerment of women leaders in Columbia. It demonstrates how, by using their regional feminism, they avoided the US feminist pitfalls. It is proof that since it happened then, it could happen again.
First, Latin American and Caribbean women sought only to share their governing power as citizens in democracies. They never put men in an adversarial position. Nor did they make them feel defensive. By seeking men as working partners and mentors, they avoided “gender warfare.”