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Our February Convocation Calls All U*U Women and Friends Worldwide to Improve Women’s Situation in Order to Get Rid of Poverty’s Curses!
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Gather Together To Develop Individual and Group Action Plans, and To Build Partnerships To Improve Women’s Lives Around the World.

  • Celebrate through worship, music and art
  • Learn from inspiring keynote speakers and each other
  • Build long-term relationships
  • Support women's development and growth
  • Form Global Sisters Covenant Groups...
Margot Adler, USA
Margot Adler Margot Adler is a National Public Radio correspondent based in NPR's New York Bureau as well as the host of NPR's Justice Talking, a weekly one-hour show that takes an in-depth look at the cases and controversies that come before our nation's courts and go to the heart of what it means to live in a democracy. Her work as a correspondent can be heard regularly on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. She is the author of the books Drawing Down the Moon and Heretic's Heart. She is co-producer of an award-winning radio drama, War Day, and a lecturer and workshop leader. Adler received a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York in 1970. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1982.

Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, USA
Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards have worked together since 1993 when they met at Ms. magazine. Jennifer was an intern and Amy worked with Gloria Steinham. They have since written several books about the status of the women's movement which have been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG). Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future published in 2000, Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism (2005) and Amy is the author of Opting In: Having a Child without Losing Yourself (2008). She is also the co-founder of The Third Wave Foundation, the voice behind Ask Amy which is an online advice column in Feminist.com and the project director of Anna Deveare Smith's Twilight Los Angeles. Jennifer writes for dozens of magazines including Glamour, The Nation, Real Simple and Harper's. She is the creator of the I Had ad Abortion Project, the author of Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics (FSG, 2007) and Abortion and Life (Akashic Books, 2008)

Gini Courter, USA
Gini Courter Gini Courter was elected by the UUA Board of Trustees in 2003 as Moderator for a two year term. She then has since been elected twice by the UUA General Assembly delegates most recently in June 2005 for a four year term. She has also served Unitarian Universalism in her congregation and district, on committees and on the UUA Board - Unitarian Universalist Church of Flint Board and Building Committee 1985-1987, UU District of Michigan Finance Chair 1989-1995, UU District of Michigan Extension Committee member 1990-1992, UUA Board of Trustees 1995-2003, Chair, UUA Finance Committee 1999-2003, Chair, Annual Program Fund Task Force 1986, Liaison, Electronic Communications Committee 1995-1998, Liaison, General Assembly Technology Task Force 2000-2001, Chair, Information Technology and Electronic Communications Team 6/2003-6/2004, General Assembly Planning Committee 6/2003-10/2003, and UUA Moderator 10/2003-present. In her professional life, Gini is a partner in TRIAD Consulting (a woman-owned consulting and training company), the author of twenty-nine books, and a nationally recognized speaker on collaboration and productivity software.

Emma's Revolution, USA
Emma's Revolution "Bold, profound, moving, hilarious and transformative," emma's revolution is the duo of award-winning, activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O, who write songs that become traditions. emma's revolution performed with Pete Seeger at the 2005 UUGA, singing Pat's song, "Swimming to the Other Side," which was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered." "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" is sung around the world and has been called the "anthem of the anti-war movement" and "Keep on Moving Forward" opened the NGO Forum at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Bejiing in 1995, becoming the unofficial theme of the Conference. In the spirit of Emma Goldman's famous attribution, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution," emma's revolution brings their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of healthy irreverance to concerts, UU coffeehouses & services, and peace & justice events across the US. They have performed by invitation at the World Culture Open in Seoul, Korea, the Scottish Parliament's Festival of Politics, in Palestine & Israel and, in December 2007, in Chile with Holly Near.

Frances Moore Lappe, USA
Francis Moore Lappe Frances Moore Lappé has authored or co-authored 165 books, including the three-million-copy bestseller Diet for a Small Planet, which has awakened countless readers to the needlessness of hunger in a world of plenty. Lappé is co-founder of two organizations, Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and Small Planet Institute. In 1987 she received the Right Livelihood Award. Her most recent books include Hope’s Edge, written with her daughter Anna Lappé, about democratic social movements worldwide and Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad. Lappé has received 17 honorary doctorates from distinguished institutions including The University of Michigan and was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000-2001. In 2008, Ms. Lappé was selected as the 2008 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian Award honoree for her lifelong impact on the way people all over the world think about food, nutrition, and agriculture. Her writing has most recently been featured in The Nation and on The Huffington Post.

Kathy Matsui, Japan
Kathy Matsui Kathy Matsui is the President of the International Association of Liberal Religious Women. She is currently Professor and Department Chair of Global Citizenship Studies at Seisen University in Tokyo, Japan. Classes taught in the undergraduate program include Communication skills for global learners, cross-cultural understanding and conflict management skills. She also teaches Comprehensive Peace Education in the graduate program. Publications, presentations and workshops focus on the role of leadership in peace education, development of capacities for conflict resolution and reconciliation, and fostering communication skills to build inner peace and cooperative relationships. She has worked with peace researchers and educators internationally in International Institute on Peace Education and Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict. She is currently an advisory board member for Hague Appeal for Peace, Global Campaign for Peace Education, Oxfam International, Japan, and Society for Educating Parents. She is also a member of the Women’s Executive Committee for World Conference of Religions for Peace.

Gather Together to Explore Ways We Can Improve Women’s Lives around the World…

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  • Build lasting relationships,
  • Share visions and aspirations, and
  • Discover energies that can enrich and transform our lives.
Rebecca Adamson, Cherokee Nation
Rebecca Adamson Rebecca Adamson, a member of the Cherokee Nation, founded First Nations Development Institute (1980) and First Peoples Worldwide (1997) to assist Indigenous communities in establishing asset-based economic development programs. Her work established a new field of culturally appropriate, values-driven development which created: the first reservation-based micro-enterprise loan fund in the United States - The Lakota Fund; the first tribal investment model; a national movement for reservation land reform; and legislation that established new standards of accountability regarding federal trust responsibility for Native Americans. Ms. Adamson's international work with First Peoples Worldwide created the first Aboriginal foundation in Australia - the LUMBA Community Foundation; established the capacity for the Sans Tribe to secure land tenure in traditional African homelands; launched an international corporate engagement strategy; and developed investment criteria protecting the rights of Indigenous people that have been adopted by a mutual fund, an index fund and numerous investment advisors.

Dr. Caren Grown, USA
Dr. Caren Grown Caren Grown is Economist-In-Residence at American University. Her current research focuses on assets and women's well-being, gender equality and public finance, and international trade and gender. Formerly, she was Senior Scholar and co-Director of the Gender Equality and Economy Program at The Levy Economics Institute at Bard College, and Director of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Governance team at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).During the 1990s, she was a Senior Program Officer at the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, where she managed research networks and competitions on a wide range of economic, governance, and population issues. She has edited and authored books and articles on gender equality, development, and macro economics. Her most recent books are The Feminist Economics of Trade, co-edited with Diane Elson and Irene Van Staveren (Routledge 2007) and Trading Women's Health and Rights:The Role of Trade Liberalization and Development, co-edited with Elissa Braunstein and AnjuMalhotra (Zed Books 2006). She is the lead author (with Geeta Rao Gupta) of Taking Action:Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering Women (Earthscan Press 2005) and co-author (with Gita Sen) of Development, Crises and Alternative Visions: Third World Women's Perspectives(Monthly Review Press 1987). Her articles have appeared in World Development, The Journal of International Development, Feminist Economics, Health Policy and Planning, and The Lancet. Dr. Grown is an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics, a member of the External Gender Forum of the Asian Development Bank, and a founding member of the International Working Group on Gender and Macroeconomics (GEM-IWG). From 2001-2004, she served as Senior Associate of Task Force 3 of the UN Millennium Project on gender equality and women's empowerment. She holds a PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research and a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Chris Nielsen, USA
Dr. Chris Nielsen, USA Dr. Christine Nielsen, Professor of International Business & Strategy, holds the Yale Gordon Chair of Distinguished Teaching at the Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore. She is a recipient of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents' Faculty Award for teaching. Her interests include international competitiveness, social enterprise development, and cross-cultural management. Nielsen's article "The Global Chess Game…Or Is It Go?" appearing in Thunderbird International Business Review is ranked as one of the top 50 management articles of 2005. Christine is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA), a leading UU congregation of the Women’s Rights Worldwide initiative. She is Co-Chair of the UUCA Buhata Pinay (Do It, Filipina!), a model program in the Philippines, working collaboratively with the NGO’s leaders on Negros Island on behalf of women’s development through initiatives to strengthen education, livelihood opportunities, healthcare and safety, and leadership skills. Nielsen was the Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturer in the Philippines during 2007, the first woman to receive this Award.

Rev. Meg Riley, USA
Rev. Meg Riley Rev. Meg Riley is a graduate of the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She served three Minnesota congregations as a religious educator before beginning work at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquarters. She is currently director of Advocacy and Witness where she is responsible for working with various offices to provide support for congregational social justice efforts, as well as witness in the name of the Associations more than 1,000 congregations. Previously, Riley was Director of the UUA's Washington Office for Advocacy, the Office of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Concerns, and the Youth Office. She is currently the co-chair of Faith in Public Life, a permanent organization which was founded in 2004 to provide critical organizing and communications resources to strengthen diverse faith movements that share a call to pursuing justice and the common good. She is also Chair of the Gulf Coast Relief Fund Panel.

Rev. Rebecca Sienes, The Philippines
Rev. Rebecca Sienes The Rev. Rebecca Quimada-Sienes was the 1st ordained UU woman minister of the UUCP (Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines) and is currently the Coordinator of the UUCP. She graduated from Meadville-Lombard. Quimada-Sienes designed a program called BUHATA PINAY (translated as "Do It, Filipina") to empower UU and non-UU women to address the issue of domestic abuse. BUHATA PINAY is committed to enable and empower women and their families in the following four areas: economic participation within a sustainable environment, education, health and safety and building leadership within the broader communities. In partnership with the UN Global Justice Committee (UNGJC) of the UU Church of Annapolis, Maryland, United States of America, BUHATA PINAY, a joint comprehensive women's development program of the UU women in the Philippines and non-UU women who are neighbors of a UU church was officially organized last month.

Dr. Sharon Welch, USA
Dr. Sharon Welch Dr. Sharon Welch is the provost of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Until September 2007 she was chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also served as chair and professor of Women's and Gender Studies, and as adjunct professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Before joining the faculty at Missouri she was professor of Theology and Religion and Society at Harvard Divinity School for nine years. She earned her M.A. and her Ph.D. in theology from Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the core team for the UUA Congregational Study Action Issue on Peacemaking, and serves as the chair of the U.S. steering committee of Global Action to Prevent War. Welch is the author of After Empire: the Art and Ethos of Enduring Peace; A Feminist Ethic of Risk; Sweet Dreams in America: Making Ethics and Spirituality Work; and Communities of Resistance and Solidarity: A Feminist Theology of Liberation.

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