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Dorothy May EmersonIt is with sadness we share that Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson passed away on May 13th, 2019. Dorothy was beloved in her community. Her life and works touched many. Her memoir “Sea Change: The Unfinished Agenda of the 1960s” was published just last year. We are grateful to have this glimpse of her life’s experiences and philosophies written in her own words.

A memorial service for Dorothy took place on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10:00 am, Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 W Emerson St, Melrose, MA 02176. All welcome.

Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson * 
November 20, 1943 – May 13, 2019

Also read A Goodbye to Dorothy from Melody Lee

Rev. Dr. Dorothy Emerson was a semi-retired Unitarian Universalist minister. She and her spouse Donna co-founded Rainbow Solutions to promote socially responsible investing as an important tool for social change and to offer consulting services to support those who want their lifestyles and business practices, as well as their money, to reflect their core values. After Donna and associates have launched Rainbow Investment Solutions, the focus of Rainbow Solutions was on Dorothy’s ministry and publications.

A member of the UUWR core group that revised the bylaws in 2005, after her term Dorothy continued to be a mentor and advisor, and a frequent presence at the UUW&R booth at General Assembly.

Dorothy gave public lectures and led workshops and worship services. She also performed weddings, funerals and memorial services, child dedications, and a variety of other special rituals. She specialized in interfaith ceremonies, personally designed to suit your needs and reflect your values.

Dorothy has edited and published feature articles and books. She also helped create programs to help adults grow spiritually and gain insight into ways to implement their values in daily life.

In addition to her ministry, Dorothy was active in UU and community organizations:

With deep sadness, we report that Liz Fisher passed away September 25, 2020 after several months in hospice care for cancer. She shared these thoughts with us in May 2020.

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As I look back over my 72+ years of life in this body I am amazed at all I have experienced, thought and felt. During my years from early 1980s to the present, Women and Religion has been my nourishment. As Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898) of the 19th century taught so well, the early societies that proceeded patriarchy have a profound message for us.

The purpose of Women and Religion is to proclaim our ancestral stream of concern for fair, compassionate, kind, and most of all, mutually supportive inclinations. This tendency is to be blended with the contemporary concerns of positive modeling of non-violent co-existence and protection of the natural world – plant, animal, stone and star.

Meg BowmanDr. Meg Bowman ("Bowoman" on her nametag) passed away peacefully in San Jose on Monday, November 23, 2020. While she will miss the 2020 winter solstice, she lived long enough to see Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win the Presidential election. Meg celebrated her 91st birthday on July 28th. She was among the founders of Women & Religion with Rosemary Matson and others. She earned a PhD in Sociology and taught at San Jose State University. Meg was an editor for the book Telling Our Stories, Celebrating Ourselves, which includes the history of the W&R Task Force and was published by the PCD-UUA in 1998. She wrote many books and was active in her UU community in San Jose. In the 1980's she organized and led international study tours, facilitated workshops, and advocated for gender justice and global feminism. Meg will be remembered for her wit and wisdom, delivered in her booming voice, and will be greatly missed at our [PCD W&R] annual retreats. Because Meg was involved with so many groups and there are myriad details of her life, an obituary will be published later. A celebration of Meg's life will be held in summer 2021 and we will announce information about it to this list. In the meantime, light a candle on December 21st (Winter Solstice) in Meg's memory.

MegBowman from bookSusie Crawford and Tracy Ruhs are collecting material to create a memorial for Meg Bowman for the Virtual Retreat on March 13, 2021. They would love to include as many comments and stories as possible.  If you have a memory of Meg or simply want to make a statement, email it to tracyruhs@gmail.com (don’t use reply-all to this message).  They will be collating the information and creating the celebration of Meg's life to be included with the annual Memorial board that was first created last year.  They are looking forward to learning more about Meg's life and thank you in advance for your contributions!

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