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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

Look where we are in our Women and Religion (W&R) movement! Our new Co-conveners, Gretchen Ohmann and Shirley Ranck, have been totally with us for very meaningful years, giving progressive steps in support of our mission of examining and eliminating sexism (plus more.) Today, and for the near future, their sure-footed co-leadership will give inspiration for collaborative ways spreading into new possibilities. Patriarchal assumptions, language and behavior still surround us, but UU cultural attitudes are, clearly, changing. One present example of egalitarian complementarity is with the editorship of this issue of WOMUUNWEB. I’ll be collaborating with Dana Ashrawi, the International Convocation of UU Women’s Communications Coordinator.

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