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Shared Leadership -- a PCD Leadership Day, November 1, 2003, training tool presented by Rosemary Matson & Geri Kennedy (Order from the UUWR Store)

th at GA2008UU Women and Religion decorated our booth at General Assembly with a new banner of the logo and the starwoman who graces our web site. Shirley brought the original UUW&R cloth banner as well, and we displayed the cloth banner made by the Florida District Women and Religion in reponse to the December 2007 murders of two Florida District W&R committee members and two of their children. Purple ribbons were handed out, in support of the ongoing fight against domestic violence.
 
Copies of the new "Cakes for the Queen of Heaven Part I: In Ancient Times" were on sale, as well as the rest of the items regularly sold in our online store (www.uuwr.org/store.htm). Cakes Part II "On the Threshold" was in its final proofreading stage, so we took orders at the booth. It seemed to me that GA attendance was sparse, and few folks traversed the corner where we were placed across from an empty booth and the UUs for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and between two theological schools. Shirley and I staffed the booth with help from core group members Helen Popenoe, Laurie James, Florida District past convener Susan Pendergraft, and past CMwD W&R member Janet Nortrom of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With those people who did stop by the booth, we were able to take the time to talk in depth somewhat about what was on their minds. People didn't buy much but took lots of literature.
 
We also raffled off a set of "Cakes," a set of Laurie James books, and a set of "Rise Up" curriculum, all donated by their authors.

ICUUWThe dedicated group of planners for the International Convocation of U*U Women1 is focused on these questions: what are the goals of the Convocation, what outcomes do we hope for, and what do we want to accomplish? The answers depend on women attending from around the world, speakers and planners staying attuned to the issues, and our fundraising efforts coming together to ensure diverse representation at the Convocation.

A convocation is different from a conference. “Convocation” comes from the Latin, convocare, meaning to call forth or summon together, and vox, or voice. Unlike a conference where the agenda is known, a convocation calls forth the collective voice.

ICUUW Planning Committee at GA2008 in Ft Lauderdale

ICUUW Program Planning meeting at General Assembly in Ft. Lauderdale.

Top Row from left: Laura Nagel, Administrator, Houston; Mary Overton, Executive Director, Dallas; Cathy Cordes, Partner Church Council, Bedford, MA; Kathy Calhoun, Southwest UU Women, Dallas; Chris Nielsen, Women’s Rights Worldwide, Annapolis. Bottom Row: Barbara Beach, Chair of the Advisory Committee, Arlington, Virginia; and Honorary Chair, Maria Sinkford, Boston

Editor Helen PopenoeA GA workshop I attended, “Rev X: How Generation X Ministers Are Shaping Unitarian Universalism”, gave me the thrill of being in evolutionary synch with “the most hyperinstitutional movement” in UUism today (as the Program Book blurb said.) The Generation X ministers are leading the way for redefining UUism for a new era. The workshop gave me the impression their movement is growing out of seeing congregations as being bodies of small groups, is a rebellion in the form of “re-traditioning” the whole lexicon of religious words, is “raising the community of silence” for examination in our congregations, and is using today’s tools for communicating our saving message of “They would love us if only they could find us.” The change I heard from these new ministers would come in the form of Sunday services having spiritual practice that would deepen our experience of being. They seek to use the UU Principles as starting points for belief. They ask each of us to answer what leads us to a profound commitment to one’s faith. They are deeply listening to us in the laity for guidance to shape the contemporary Unitarian Universalist movement and to have our “hearts cracked open” through wholistic religious experiences. They are frustrated with the same old issues that have been around in UUism for a long time.

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