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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

CroneCurriculumHas your women’s group used the curriculum, Becoming Women of Wisdom: Marking the Passage into the Crone Years? If so, we would love to have your feedback. Thus far, we have heard that participants are finding the program very exciting and empowering. One comment we receive frequently is that the program provides a way for women to get know themselves and each other at a deeper level than ever before. Please send your feedback to Dorothy Emerson at RevEmerson@aol.com or call her at 781-391-6455.

If you have not yet participated in the program, you might want to consider it. The 13-session curriculum is designed for women who are entering or have passed through menopause and would like to mark this passage and deepen their understanding of what it means to be a wise older woman. The program opens the participant to the power, wisdom, and insight of the mature self.

Imagine entering the labyrinth of your psyche, slowly following its turns in and out as you weave yourself toward the deep center of your essential knowing. As you make your way forward, you will remember the past, integrate its lessons and shed its excess baggage, until you come to the present moment of possibility and transformation. There you will claim the beauty and truth that can be yours and begin your walk out of the labyrinth integrating your new found knowledge and the thirteen guiding principles of a crone as you retrace your steps. Before you reemerge into the world, you will celebrate your new state and assume the mantle of the crone. As a mature woman of action and compassion, you will claim your power as a woman of wisdom.

The curriculum has been written by Melody Lee, in collaboration with co-creators Karen Edwards and Dorothy Emerson, and can be ordered from Rainbow Solutions, at www.cronecurriculum.net.

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