Keep Margaret Fuller's Spirit Alive
The Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Committee would like to thank everyone who hosted the traveling display “Why Margaret Fuller Matters,” celebrated Margaret Fuller Sunday, and created or participated in the many programs that were part of the Bicentennial all over the country. You have helped make this Bicentennial both rewarding and memorable.
The final Boston-area event was held on May 25, 2011, at Max and Dylan’s Restaurant at 15 West Street in Boston, the former Peabody Book Room, where Fuller offered several of her famed “Conversations." We are happy to report that the Boston Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to designate 13-15 West Street a Boston City Landmark, with a recommendation to pursue national designation for the site. There was no owner opposition to this listing, and no protests to the nomination. This is happy news after three years of waiting. What this means is that any attempts to demolish or take the building further away from its original configuration will have to go through a process of scrutiny that will hopefully give the public time to defend the site. It does not make the building invulnerable, but it does establish a first line of defense. Be sure to visit the site next time you’re in Boston.
Although our scheduled program has come to an end, we would like to remind you of the extensive resources that will remain on our website: www.margaretfuller.org.
UU Women's Connection Fall Retreat
Still hummin' from the beautiful weekend in Kenosha and Racine Wisconsin at the 29th UU Women's Connection Fall Retreat October 21-23.
The waters of the world blessing given by [retreat leader] Peggy and a couple dozen of the participants who walked the 5 minutes to the shore, was so appropriate on the ocean that is Lake Michigan ... Foot prints in the sand, tide pools teeming with life, water well-wishers collecting chips of glass and shells worn by motion and the dynamic nature of the the water's edge. No other shore in sight, demonstrating the vastness and mystery of this body of water. Curiosity and lure of the harbor fishing sites by the hotel where fishermen caught King Salmon who came to spawn; giant covered-for-winter sailboats look like icebergs from our hotel vantage point. Kind generosity of Heather Poyner and Carley Mattimore and Claudine Miller, Juli and Sage and so many other workshop leaders who had something juicy to share.
Thanks to planners and those in attendance for makng it a memorable weekend and something to look forward to next year.
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UU Foremothers Remembered in UU World
UU World's Summer 2011 issue has an article on the impact of women ministers in the UUA by Carolyn Owen-Towle. She mentions the Ministerial Sisterhood, a group that seems to have disappeared from view. A photo of their banner is at right.
Remembering Merlin Stone
On September 24th, people gathered at the UU Church of Clearwater Florida to honor the life and work of Merlin Stone. The event was streamed live on Z Budapest’s Ustream channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/merlin-stone-memorial and the video files now are there to view. Video was quite fuzzy but much of the audio can be heard if you turn up the volume. I was particularly moved by Merlin's "significant other ... soulmate and kindred spirit" of 34 years, Leonard Schneir. "I thought I was a free spirit," he said, "then I met Merlin. I thought I was a non-conformist, then I met Merlin... You were the lighthouse, I was lost at sea..."
Z Budapest and Merlin Stone's family have been raising money to produce a documentary DVD "In Search of Merlin Stone." Rev. Shirley Ranck was interviewed for inclusion in the DVD. Learn more at www.merlinstone.net.
Northern New England Retreat Cancelled
It is with great sadness that I report to you that as of our registration deadline we do not have enough women to hold our retreat scheduled for 9/30-10/2. It was our hope that becoming part of the district would free up our energies for programming at the retreat, but we simply do not have enough workshop leaders or participants to go forward.
There is another issue which I see needs to be addressed: a very small group of women have been shouldering the organizing of these retreats for many years. There has been an urgent call for new volunteers for more than two years now, and only one new person has stepped in to help.
We see this cancellation as a natural consequence of this dynamic. It is impossible for only a few to continue to have the energy, time, and resources to create value for such a large group.
New women must step forward. We have received many sincere and concerned suggestions for how we could have prevented this cancellation, but I'm left with a heavy heart wondering where was that energy and commitment when so much work (by so few) was being put into: finding a new site after Rockcraft, allying with the District, and planning /this/ retreat. It is too little, too late.
We have a tentative date for a retreat at Geneva Point Center for next year. It is not guaranteed however and may be released. The current planning committee is largely taking a step back.
The question is posed: How much do you value our weekends of connection and restoration and community?
Susan Gorman and Faith Barnes