We’re steadily sailing out of a highly successful UU W&R presence at this past June’s UUA General Assembly.I
give thanks for a magnetic booth*, mostly run by Geri, Sue, Rosemary,
Laurie and Barbara, an inspiring peace march organized for GA attendees
by Sue and Geri, Barbara’s brisk sales of our new consciousness-raising
course, “Unraveling the Gender Knot” and connecting with like-minded
organizations such as UUWF (UU Women’s Federation), IALRW
(International Assoc. of Liberal Religious Women) and the 7th.
Principle Project (the only specifically oriented UU organization for
saving Earth’s biosphere) by Rosemary, Barbara and Helen.In
addition, are two important aspects that gave strong verve to our GA
achievements, the monetary and morale building contributions of women
from our grassroots Women
& Religion movement and Allan Johnson’s “telling-it-like-it-is”
workshop, “Privilege, Power, and Difference: From Patriarchy to Peace”.
Here’s what Pat says (referring to “Unraveling the Gender Knot” course):
Johnson readily saw the logic of making work for peace the action
component of his presentation at GA. Bless him - and the three
women who have developed the wonderful curriculum to help to get his
message and that of thousands of feminists out to this needy world!
Here’s what Sue says:
absolutely true that women care about peace, have the most to lose in
its absence, have gifts for mediation, compromise, patience, and Peace
should be every woman's primary cause.It's also true that an unpeaceful woman can be a dangerous thing.We are not all, always, angels.All
the more reason... So, if I have any kind of vote or input, it is that
Peace is Primary in all of UU W&R’s themes and work.
I believe balance, peace and harmony are natural urges in all of us who live on Earth.Patriarchy has distorted how we all are the same in our basic needs.(Helen)
a new model of relationship that is based upon mutuality and respect”
(as Janet puts it) is the direction UU W&R is sailing in.After UU W&R holds our annual meeting (in the hurricane-Earth-balancing environment of Melbourne, FL), September 24–25, I’ll report to you decisions that come out of our agenda.
RE: Our magnetic booth: The effective, informal networking done by
those who staffed our GA booth brought several organizations “to our
doorstep” asking to partner with us in various UU projects (agenda
items for the Annual Gathering).
W & R WOMEN IN THE DISTRICTS ACROSS OUR CONTINENT GIVE GREAT SUPPORT
Thanks to the many women who gave monetarily and (as Sue puts it) gave strong heart support from across our continent.Here
are two of the quotes (from when the UUA sent UU W&R an evaluation
form to substantiate our credibility for the status of being a UUA
activities have always been important in religious communities without
respect to denominations. The women and goddess centered courses,
Heritage calendars, and other women’s activities produced by UU women’s
groups such as Women & Religion provide alternative worship
formats, women centered education and the warmth of community which
bring women into our congregations and/or keep them connected and
active as members.
Accotink UU Church has done the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven
curriculum which generated a women’s spirituality group and transformed
over the years into an earth-based spirituality celebration group (with
children and men participating). We have also done Rise Up and Call Her Name and look forward to doing Unraveling the Gender Knot.
These curricula would not be available without the dedication and focus
of UU Women & Religion. We also have benefited from ideas and
community in workshops offered by UU Women & Religion at General
Assembly and in the Joseph Priestly District. The UU Women and Religion
Committee in JPD sponsors an annual gathering of women on a spring
weekend which connects us to each other and gives us an opportunity to
learn and expand our spirituality. Because we have opportunities
to grow through UU Women & Religion, we strengthen our
congregations by providing ceremonies, Sunday services, summer services
and Adult Ed classes, and offering expanded views for our Lifespan
joined my current UU church because of the Religious Education program,
but I am drawn to participate, in large part, because of women’s
programs such as those offered thru UU Women & Religion.
Member, Accotink UU Church
also strengthen UU congregations with our women’s spirituality events
and consciousness-raising as it helps make a place where women who
are seeking the goddess connection can be comfortable.
I made at "Cakes" really integrated me into our congregation , turning
me from a sometimes attendee into an active participant in
Besides heart, it took money to do what we in the Core Group planned for GA.That kind of grassroots generosity came through for us, too.In fact, we went $100. over our goal of $2300.Most contributions were $25.I hope each of you has received a personal thank you by now.We of the UU W&R Core Group (the board of trustees), wholeheartedly, thank you for all your support!A special thanks goes to our treasurer, Geri Kennedy, also.She’s obtaining UU W&R’s tax-exempt status for when tax collection time arrives.
ELECTIONS – ELECTIONS – ELECTIONS AND CEDAW RATIFICATION
To achieve U.S.
ratification of CEDAW (the U.N. Convention for the Elimination of
Discrimination Against Women), we need both 67 favorable U.S. Senate
votes (More is better!) and a supportive President in the White House.The Bush position continues to be no position.We have concrete voting evidence that Senator Kerry is supportive of the U. S. ratification of CEDAW.
Here’re the Senate Terms Expiring in 2004:
Evan Bayh of INRobert Bennett of UT
Barbara Boxer of CAChristopher Bond of MO
John Breaux (retiring) of LASam Brownback of KS
Thomas Daschle of SDJim Bunning of KY
Christopher Dodd of CTBen Nighthorse Campbell(retiring) of CO
Byron Dorgan of NDMike Crapo ofID
John Edwards (retiring) of NCPeter Fitzgerald (retiring) of IL
Russell Feingold of WIChuck Grassley of IA
Bob Graham (retiring) of FLJudd Gregg of NH
Ernest Hollings (retiring) of SCJohn McCain of AZ
Daniel Inouye of HILisa Murkowski of AK
Patrick Leahy of VTDon Nickles (retiring) of OK
Blanche Lincoln of ARRichard Shelby of AL
Barbara Mikulski of MDArlen Specter of PA
Zell Miller (retiring) of GAGeorge Voinovich of OH
Patty Murray of WA
Harry Reid of NV
Charles Schumer of NY
Ron Wyden of OR
The offices of candidates must be called, please, to be sure that person is in favor of CEDAW before you vote.
Let’s not ignore the House of Representatives, still.The House Resolution 21 urging the Senate to ratify CEDAW is still open for co-sponsors.Remember, the whole House is up for Election.Many House members are now running or may in the future be running for the U. S. Senate.Educating them has importance for these reasons, too.
ACTION ALERT:Between now and Election Day, Nov. 2nd, we need the candidates of all parties and genders to declare their position on CEDAW ratification.Query
them on Call-in TV and radio talk shows; at Public Forums; Candidate
Debates; Town meetings; social events, a call, fax, Email, a personal
letter or a visit to the candidates’ offices.You will know what is the best opportunity in your particular state or community.
From Planned Parenthood’s President, Gloria Feldt:
“Seventy-two years.That’s how long it took for the 19th.
Amendment to be ratified after the 1848 women’s rights convention at
Seneca Falls, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others.
JOSEPH PRIESTLEY DISTRICT NEWS
The JPD Women and Religion Retreat in 2005 Again will be held at PreciousBloodSpiritualCenter in Columbia, PA (easy to drive to from both the northern and southern states of JPD) April 22 to 24, 2005, April’s last weekend. Save the date! We
are planning a Retreat program using “Unraveling the Gender Knot”, the
new UU W&R course, based on Allan G. Johnson's book, “The Gender
Knot”.Allan said at GA, “[I offer] a
perspective on the connection between gender and violence on every
level of social life, based on the belief that we cannot achieve peace
without understanding systemic social forces that encourage individual
and collective violence in response to conflict, uncertainty and fear.Oppression is not an inevitable feature of human life.”
The W&R Resource Library…
now offers several transcripts for Sunday Services. They include: Imagining the Divine as Female: Cakes for the Queen of Heaven Dismantling Gender Injustice: A Religious Service based on “The Gender Knot” Noah's Wife Margaret Fuller Copies of these thought-provoking services are available for the cost of copying at 5 cents a page. The longest one is 23 pages or $1.15. Contact Sandy Eckert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-533-5331.
Your Invitation to join in the Healing Energy Dances of Universal Peace Led by Jeanne Ayesha Lauenborg September 11, 2004 "A Gathering for Healing & Renewal" Held at the beautiful and peacefilled "Second Wind Center"98 Bethlehem Pike, Northwest Phila., PA 19118 Saturday Evening 7:30 PM - 10 PM $10 Tickets at the Door Includes light Refreshments ********************************************************************** The
Dances of Universal Peace are a joyous way to touch the spiritual
essence within ourselves and others using chants from many traditions,
and the dances inspired by them, including: Jewish, Christian (Aramaic,
Gospel, Creation Spirituality), Islamic Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism,
African, Celtic, Zoroastrian, Native American, and many other songs of
peace. No experience needed. All dances are taught. Dress Casual. Singles & Couples are Welcome. "Let the Beauty we love, be what we do..." Rumi
I was involved with the Dances of Universal Peace, I got to know Jeanne
as a dance leader and recommend this event to those of you who live in
the Philly area.Helen Pop
From Planned Parenthood’s President, Gloria Feldt:
That's how long Nelson Mandela spent in prison, protesting and fighting
against apartheid. Margaret Sanger didn't see the U.S. Supreme Court
strike down laws that made contraception illegal until 1965, the year
before her death.
All of these leaders [those of the Seneca Falls
women’s rights convention, included] had several things in common: they
were persistent. They maintained a positive vision of what they wished
to achieve. They didn't give up, despite setbacks. And they kept
marching toward their goals of freedom, justice, and equality.”
JOSEPH PRIESTLEY DISTRICT, SOUTH, NEWS
From HARFORDCOUNTY’S BECCA MOTIL
Women's Ritual Circle at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County
2515 Churchville Road
The Women's Ritual Circle resumes meeting on Sunday, Sept. 12 from in the UUFHC
sanctuary. We plan to meet on the Second Sundays and Fourth Fridays of each month.
The Women's Ritual Circle is an eclectic, earth-based group that meets for ritual, connection, and
conversation. We share leadership of the rituals. This year we will continue working through The
Twelve Wild Swans book by Starhawk and Hilary Valentine, as well as doing seasonal and
Childcare is available if requested one week in advance. For more information, contact Becca
Respectfully submitted by Helen Popenoe thanks to the formatting instruction by Joyce Dowling.
UU W&R '04 Annual Gathering Agenda, so far:
At the end of our decision-making, may we have strong unity of purpose and focus for the email discussions leading up to GA ’05.
1.Laurie’s idea for a GA W&R slot presentation
2.Dorothy’s“UU Peace-making Women” slot idea
3.Do our Peace March at GA ’05?
4.GA be the time of our Annual Gathering? (Before & after?)
5.The GA “Cakes” event status
6.UU W&R and UU WHS go in together for a large GA booth?
7.Join MSUU for a Womanquest 2?
8.Report and opportunities of partnering with other UU organizations who are attracted to our movement
9.Seek UUWF grant for improved direct support of District W&R programming?
10. Core Group Guidelines review
11. Tri-fold review
12. Core Group, automatically, include all District Conveners?
13. Measure the value of continuing to be an Affiliate of UUA (now that the annual fee is $100).
Below are Geri’s minutes from our GA ’04 meeting (with my response):
UU Women & Religion
Meeting Held – June 26, 2004 – Long Beach, CA
In attendance:Helen Popenoe, Rosemary Matson, Laurie James, Sue Guist, Barbara Schonborn, Betty Ortez, Pat Simon and Geri Kennedy
due to conflicting schedules and the costs involved for cross-country
travel, it was agreed to try to have an in person gathering of some
women on the East Coast, tentatively from September 24,25 & 26.Others would join in a telephone conference on Saturday, September 25.
Helen to coordinate the East Coast meeting, with possible assistance from Cathy Stanton
Geri to coordinate telephone conference.
Annual meeting for 2005 – it was suggested that we use one of our program slots for our annual meeting.Laurie noted that this would only allow for a little over an hour – not enough time.It was agreed insteadto meet the day before General Assembly in the future, beginning with Fort Worth.
GA Programming – the due date for programs with Planning Committee assistance would be September 1.Pat’s
understanding in talking with a member of the Planning Committee was
that most programming grants would be given to non-affiliated groups
and that the paperwork required was significant.It was agreed that we would not submit any programs for grant support.
suggested that a program be presented about the threat posed by the
“Bible Factor” affecting major politicians and political decisions
and/orthe issue of violence against women in the media.
was agreed to send an appeal for programming to our mailing list for
suggestions and a final decision would be made in September.The due date for submission is November 15.
with other Women’s Groups – it was agreed to begin conversations with
the other UU Women’s organizations about more formal collaboration
Communications – Geri reported that there were only about 90 names on the Continental list maintained by Marnie Singer.Of those, about 10 had been returned as undeliverable.Geri
would let those present know the undeliverable names to see if anyone
knew the new addresses and would then update the list with Marnie.
agreed to continue to include W&R updates and information in the
Women Web and to see if we could assure that it is getting to as many
of the W&R women as possible.
General notes –
All of our programming at General Assembly was a great success.About
75 people attended between the 2 introduction of the Gender Knot
sessions, and there were over 100 in attendance at Allen Johnson’s
session.He had a large number of people at the bookstore getting his books signed following his presentation.
Sales of the Gender Knot Curriculum were good.
Silent Walk for Peace was attended by about 40 people all of whom
reported a positive experience and many people indicated an interest in
taking this idea back to their own communities.
Networking at GA -
A tentative plan is underway to share the cost of a double booth next year with the Women’s Heritage Society.
CUUPS is planning a celebration of the 20th
anniversary of the publication of Cakes for the Queen of Heaven to
honor Shirley Ranck and asked if W&R would be interested in
UU – UNO office staff agreed to keep W&R informed of women affirmingprojects that we might want to support.
The Adult RE group ****agreed to review the Gender Knot Curriculum and consider listing it on their website.
(please let me know if you did other networking that should be noted here.)
– prepare a presentation package for the Gender Knot that could be
presented at the various districts’ annual meetings or leadership days.Send real bodies to do this if possible.
don’t know how to “assure” that WOMUUNWEB gets to the readers who would
want it besides what I’m doing now. Isn’t my UU W&R Email
list big enough? I should think the Core Group members would
spread the word when I let my list know of the new issue being out on
also, suggested having a large continental gathering, another
WomanQuest with the Lumsden white paper as the common launching pad for
our thinking together.
When Cathy took her Red Hat Ladies Cruise instead of doing co-convener work for GA, she promised to organize the Fall Gathering.I’m game to do the agenda prep work and run the meeting.
your minutes, (with the expectation Cathy would be the organizer) all I
agreed to do was be sure Misty, Cathy and Nuala knew of the date change
to the Sept. 25 weekend. Nuala’s still away (but was uncommitted
to attend the Fall Gathering, anyway). Misty said yes to the
Sept. 25 change.
In my notes, I wrote that you said you would do the seeking of input on program slot ideas.
Also, face-to-facers don’t have to pay for the conference call expenses.
Last thing – When you talk about the “Adult RE Group”, is that the UU C A R D S organization? We did pay our $50. to join; didn’t we?
Thanks, again, for your good minutes, Geri.
P.S. Is Marnie Collier now Marnie Singer? HPop (I still don't know on 9/9/04.)
To review the last Annual meeting’s minutes, please, see the Spring 2004 issue of WOMUUNWEB on www.gwa.jpd.uua.org
After Misty read these minutes from the Phoenix
meeting, she added that her GA ’03 workshop, “Cycles of Rituals”
brought good response from her participants who were “very excited
about the information and were very interested in contributing what
they as groups had done”.The morning session had about 120 and the afternoon one had about 100 participants.An audio tape was made.
P.S. Please, send me your “Teleconferencing Intros.” answers, now, along with your agenda items.If you need a resend of the 8 questions (from Aug. 29th.), let me know.
work I did (before my grandson’s caregiving days away from these
meetings) in teleconferencing at the American Bar Association for CEDAW
gave me the experience for understanding the face-to-facers end of the
meeting.Though it’s a decision-making head-trip, we are still whole people and still need context for the faceless voices.This is especially true for the Melbourne face-to-facers who are newcomers.
P.P.S. If you wish to see the UU W&R Guidelines, go to www.gwa.jpd.uua.organd open the Fall 2003 WOMUUNWEB. Then with Geri's minutes from the '03 Annual Gathering, you'll be updated. H Pop