Overlooked and Undervalued - Again
Women & Religion held its annual gathering in the morning of the day on which General Assembly began in the evening. It was therefore a small gathering, perhaps twenty people. We took some moments to appreciate the beautiful altar that had been created by Florida District W&R’s Susan Pendergraft, and to remember with sorrow, and some anger, the two UU W&R women and their children who had been murdered a few months earlier in Clearwater, Florida. We did make some important decisions. One was to support Laurel Hallman for President of the UUA. Another was to choose Gretchen Ohmann and me (Shirley Ranck) as the new Co-Conveners. I, also, gave a talk about prophetic women who have lived on thresholds in the past, focusing especially on the work of Sophia Lyon Fahs.
GA 2008 Exhibit Booth
Copies of the new "Cakes for the Queen of Heaven Part I: In Ancient Times" were on sale, as well as the rest of the items regularly sold in our online store (www.uuwr.org/store.htm). Cakes Part II "On the Threshold" was in its final proofreading stage, so we took orders at the booth. It seemed to me that GA attendance was sparse, and few folks traversed the corner where we were placed across from an empty booth and the UUs for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and between two theological schools. Shirley and I staffed the booth with help from core group members Helen Popenoe, Laurie James, Florida District past convener Susan Pendergraft, and past CMwD W&R member Janet Nortrom of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With those people who did stop by the booth, we were able to take the time to talk in depth somewhat about what was on their minds. People didn't buy much but took lots of literature.
We also raffled off a set of "Cakes," a set of Laurie James books, and a set of "Rise Up" curriculum, all donated by their authors.
Joseph Priestley District - Good News from UU Congregation of Fairfax, VA
After a number of years of very little woman centered activity at UUCF, we are happy to report that feminist spiritual consciousness is alive and well in our corner of Northern Virginia! It all started 4 years ago when I was foolish enough to ask the question, where is the women’s group in this congregation? As a woman who had moved around the country and been a member of 3 other UU congregations, I was surprised that there was no organized woman’s group. It was my time to step up. I started the first Women’s Spirit Circle, now known as the Artemis Circle. I became the Woman Link for our congregation to the JPD district chapter of UU Women and Religion. I attended a JPD Women and Religion Retreat. I was hooked!
Joseph Priestley District - New Website Too!
Joseph Priestley District has updated their website too. We're looking forward to a report and photos from their October 2008 retreat.
Florida District - WOW! New Website!
Florida District Webweaver, Mary, has unveiled their new website. Wow! There are sections for regional news, an events calendar... go and see! http://www.floridawomenandreligion.org.