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SWUUWCon 2023 Friday, March 03, 2023

SWUUWCon 2023 Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising

The Women’s Alliance of Dallas issued a statement after the Supreme Court’s decision on Women’s Reproductive Rights. The statement cites abortion as a human right and sees it as a religious freedom issue. The statement contends that women need access to legal and safe means to terminate pregnancies. Abortion access is a matter of equal rights which impacts women’s education, healthcare, and economic success. Without access, the privacy of the individual is imperiled and causes a negative impact on society as a whole.

“I look at fear not as cowardice, but as a call forward, a summons to fight for what we hold dear,” Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate.
Early Bird Registration is $160 until February 17th! SWUUWCon 2023 Registration

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Rev. Deneen Robinson

Rev. Deneen Robinson

Keynote Speaker

The Beauty in the Ashes: The Life of a Phoenix

“We have many challenges in life that break us down; seemingly, like ashes. Yet, we have tools within us that give us the ability to rise from those ashes and be the amazing, gifted people we are called to this time to be. Rise from your ashes – be the Phoenix.” Rev. Deneen is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff. Prior to joining the UU community, she served for 15 years at Living Faith Covenant Church while also serving as the Health and Wholeness Minister for the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM), which took her to East Africa where she taught reproductive justice and worked with women impacted by HIV. She now serves as the Spiritual Policy Director for the National Birth Equity Collaborative.

Rev. Kiya Heartwood

Conference Musician

Rev. Kiya Heartwood is an award-winning singer/songwriter and composer.

She is the minister at the UU Church of the Brazos Valley in Bryan, Tx.

 

Rev. Beth Dana

Chaplain

Rev. Beth Dana is Minister of Faith Development at First Unitarian Church of Dallas, TX. She grew up Unitarian Universalist and has served our movement in many ways including as a Youth Ministry Associate for the UUA and on the Board of the UU Women’s Federation.

This will be her third SWUUW Conference, and she’s excited to welcome everyone to Dallas!

 

Satin Dolls BandThe Satin Dolls Band

Entertainment

The Satin Dolls Band performs classic jazz favorites, blues, Broadway, R&B, smooth jazz, original compositions and retro-pop with a jazz twist. The band’s name is a nod to the 1953 jazz song Satin Doll, composed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The core band is Carolyn Lee Jones (vocalist), Rebecca Cordes (piano) Peggy Honea (bass) Ann MacMillan (drum set) and Joyce Spencer (sax/flute/vocals).

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First Unitarian Church, 4015 Normandy Avenue Dallas, TX 75205
Eliot Women's Weekend Friday, May 19, 2023

Womens Weekend LogoEliot Women's Weekend 2023 is On!

Please join us!

At Toddhall Retreat Center
320 Todd Center Drive
Columbia, Illinois 62236-3245

The long tradition continues - Eliot Chapel sponsors a time to retreat, relax, and find community among other women.

This retreat is open to all UU women and friends. We extend an invitation to women from Emerson UU Chapel, First Unitarian Church of St Louis, First Unitarian Church of Alton, Abraham Lincoln UU Congregation of Springfield, IL, Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, and UU Church of Columbia, MO.

Toddhall Retreat Center. Toddhall is located in Columbia, IL approximately 20 miles from Kirkwood, MO.
UU Women's Connection Spring Friday, June 02, 2023

Pilgrim Park near Princeton, ILSpring retreats at Pilgrim Park are relaxed, casual events. We have a keynote speaker and dedicated ritual time, with lots of drumming and singing. Walks through the woods and hanging out on the upper deck remain favorite activities.

Directions to Pilgrim Park

Pilgrim Park Site Map
Trail Map

Registration

Pilgrim Park near Princeton, IL info [at] uuwomensconnection.org
UU General Assembly Wednesday, June 21, 2023

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to have voting delegates.

General Assembly 2023

General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles.

Skyline view of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Join us June 21 - 25, 2023 online or in-person in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most GA events will take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA. Google map

Pittsburgh, PA
UU Women's Connection Summer Friday, August 11, 2023

Ronora Lodge near Watervliet, MichiganWe gather in-person at Ronora Lodge and Retreat Center, Watervliet Michigan. We'll stay in the New Grandma's House, a brand-new accessible facility!

Nourishing workshops, wildflower walks and worship circles make this weekend "back to the land" on the 400+ acres of woodland and lake within the spirit-filled place called Ronora. A few workshops, plus time to explore, relax, drum, sing and commune with nature and each other.

Registration will be open by June.

Ronora Lodge near Watervliet, Michigan info [at] uuwomensconnection.org
UU Women's Connection Fall Friday, October 13, 2023

DeKoven Center, Racine, WisconsinWe'll gather in person at DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin. Our keynote speaker will be announced by summer.

Registration will be open by August.

DeKoven Center, Racine, Wisconsin info [at] uuwomensconnection.org

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