UU Women and Religion

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Margaret Fuller Bicentennial

Margaret FullerThe Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Project was organized to celebrate Margaret Fuller’s life, work, and legacy during the Bicentennial anniversary of her birth in 2010. Components of the project includes: website, online community, traveling exhibit, publications, tours, and public programs in the Boston area and New York City. This website will be created to be a resource to the interested public, a communication tool for individuals and organizations participating in the Bicentennial project, and a central bulletin board for planning programs and posting event details.

Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was born into a Boston-area Unitarian family. She was the only woman regularly welcomed on a long-term basis into the inner-circle of ministers and others led by Ralph Waldo Emerson in breaking away from the old forms of Unitarianism and establishing Transcendentalism. Fuller’s book Woman in the Nineteenth Century, one of the first written about women analyzing their role in society from a woman’s perspective, is permeated with the Transcendentalist values of independence, self-reliance, and social reform. What Emerson was doing for men, Fuller was doing for women.

Many scholars view Fuller as the most brilliant woman in America in the early 19th century.

Read more: Margaret Fuller Bicentennial

Seeking UUA Legislative Assistant

Here's a great Internship opportunity with the UUA Department of Advocacy and Witness. They are seeking a Legislative Assistant for Women's Issues, to assist the Washington, DC office in affecting public policy made by the US Congress and Administration, with a focus on gender and sexual justice. Get the details at http://www.uua.org/aboutus/careeropportunities/socialjustice/index.shtml

Applications must be received by noon EST on Monday, November 17th, 2009. That's this coming Monday!


International Convocation of UU Women, Feb 26 - Mar 1, 2009


Our theme for this section of WOMUUNWEB has been inspired by the work of Unitarian Universalist women to organize the first-ever official international gathering of U*U women and women of progressive religious outlooks. The gathering, called the International Convocation of UU Women, ICUUW, will happen in Houston, Texas, in February 2009 (2/26 – 3/1).

Goals and Promise of the International Convocation of U*U Women

ICUUWThe dedicated group of planners for the International Convocation of U*U Women1 is focused on these questions: what are the goals of the Convocation, what outcomes do we hope for, and what do we want to accomplish? The answers depend on women attending from around the world, speakers and planners staying attuned to the issues, and our fundraising efforts coming together to ensure diverse representation at the Convocation.

A convocation is different from a conference. “Convocation” comes from the Latin, convocare, meaning to call forth or summon together, and vox, or voice. Unlike a conference where the agenda is known, a convocation calls forth the collective voice.

Read more: Goals and Promise of the International Convocation of U*U Women

Educate the Women

Rev. Rebecca Sienes, UU minister in the PhilippinesThe Rev. Rebecca Quimada-Sienes was the 1st ordained UU woman minister of the UUCP (Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines) and is currently the Coordinator of the UUCP. She graduated from Meadville-Lombard. Quimada-Sienes designed a program called BUHATA PINAY (translated as "Do It, Filipina") to empower UU and non-UU women to address the issue of domestic abuse. She will be speaking at the Convocation from the perspective of the Action theme of the Convocation, one of four themes, focusing on Model Programs and Strategies.

October 8, 2008

As a UU woman religious leader in the Philippines, a country widely known for its Roman Catholicism, I realize that the International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women is very important.

I remember reading an article in the UU World years back about a UU minister and his wife who were working for women. I wrote and asked if he could extend his work to the UU women in the Philippines, but his response was negative. Yet I can't forget his statement, "If you want to change society, educate the women."

There are two reasons why ICUUW is important.

First, the best people to work on women's issues are women themselves. Women are victims of domestic abuse, rape, flesh trade/sex trafficking, militarization, poverty and other forms of abuse. Women can be quiet, shy or timid. They have the capacity to hold onto pain much longer than anyone should bear. When the moment comes that a woman finally shares her pain, we must be receptive. A woman needs another woman to hear her troubles, dreams and aspirations in life. Global connections and partnerships among UU women in the world are essential to jointly address these issues. Together, we can send out a strong wake-up call to organizations and institutions that victimize women and children.

Second, a creation of an international body of UU women is essential. Yes, this sounds ambitious, but there is a great need. If UU women take the lead and pool together different resources, we can better address many issues of abuse against women and children. If an international group uses holistic strategies, the deeper causes of many problems can be solved. It is painful to see children of poor parents in rural areas and villages not doing well in school. They may be physically present, but mentally absent. If asked “Why?” most likely they will answer "We are hungry." This is the very reason that the newly organized UUCP Learning School has included a food and vitamin program for preschoolers. Otherwise, they cannot move on towards a brighter future.

Women nurture the young, and in doing so, they raise the future leaders of our society. Gathered together, women can improve lives. Educated together, women can produce important changes in society.