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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

As Unitarian Universalists, we are the inheritors of a 50-year history of reproductive rights advocacy. We also share a firm commitment to racial and social justice. At the convergence of these interests, we are called to widen the current debate from “reproductive rights” to “reproductive justice.”

UU Women’s Federation and UU Women and Religion co-sponsored a webinar on September 26 to find out more about this issue, which is the newly-elected UUA Congregational Study/Action Issue (2012-2016). Missed it? Watch the video of the presentation!

Featured speakers include:

  • Monica Simpson, Interim Executive Director, SisterSong
  • Rev. Marti Keller, President, Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation
  • Jessica Halperin, Women's Issues Program Associate/UUWF Clara Barton Intern, Unitarian Universalist Association

The UUA has also made available a Congregational Resource Packet on Reproductive Justice. Contents include small group ministry sessions, a faith development guide, a liturgical calendar, sample worship, sermon archive, materials for clergy, a list of 10 things your congregation can do, and more. You can sign up for women's legislative issues Action Alerts at the same time!


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