SouthWest UU Women

Southwest District Women and Religion 1979-1998: a Herstory

Southwest District Women and Religion 1979-1998

An ongoing collection of our Herstory Compiled by Julia Harris for SWUUWCon 2014

The Women and Religion resolution was born out of the struggles of the Arlington Street Women's Caucus of the early 1970s. The UU Women's Federation (UUWF) was the one group that responded to them, according to Carolyn McDade, brought them to the General Assembly, supported their music record having as one of its programs at that time to work for "better representation of women on the UU staff, boards, committees, and ministry." The Caucus efforts raised consciousness, affecting their lives and their culture, and so were successful ("three magnificent years," said McDade). Then, with no way to keep things going, the group lapsed.

In January 1977, Lucile Schuck Longview of Lexington, Mass. drafted a business resolution, entitled Women and Religion, to be considered at the UUA General Assembly in Ithaca, New York, the following June. Please see Rosemary Matson's online Memoirs for the amazing story! On June 23, 1977, the resolution was passed unanimously at General Assembly in Ithaca, NY.

 

Read more ...

SWUUW Conferences - Our Story 1987-2014

SWUUW has a long herstory of gathering UU women in our District to experience the power in our being together and telling our stories. Here is a list of the annual Conferences we have presented:

 

2015 - San Marcos, TX

Our Sacred Springs

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

 

2014 - Tulsa OK
The Power of Story

Kelli McLoud-Schingen

 

2013 - Corpus Christi, TX
Making Waves on a Sea of Change
Kimberly Dark

 

2012 - Clear Lake City, TX
Exploring the UUniverse of Women’s Spirituality
Rev. Meg Barnhouse

 

2011 - Dallas, TX
Generation Nexxt
Rev. Tamara Lebak (keynote speech read in absentia)

 

2010 - Dallas, TX
In the Name of Love
Gini Courter

 

2009 - Houston, TX
First International Convocation of UU Women
Weaving Global Partnerships to Enrich Women’s Lives
Many Theme Speakers

 

2008 - Little Rock, AR
Riversong: Flowing with the Creative Spirit
Carolyn McDade

 

2007 - Mo Ranch, TX
She’s Got the Whole World in Her Hands: Women Spirit in Action
Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson

 

2006 - Fort Worth, TX
Discovering What We Know
Rosemary Matson

 

2005 - Houston, TX
She Changes Everything She Touches and Everything She Touches Changes
Margot Adler 

 

2004 - Oklahoma City, OK
Praising Tara: Empowering Ourselves
Tara Dhatu by Prema and Anahata

 

2003 - Austin, TX
Becoming Wonder Women; Weaving Wonder in our Lives
Nancy Franklin

 

2002 - Fort Worth, TX
Gather the Spirit, Weaving Our Lives
Cristina Biaggi

 

2001 - Little Rock, AR
Women in Their Natural State
Central HS 1957: UUWomen Saved the Day

2000 - Dallas, TX
In Our Wildest Dreams
Kathleen Sullivan

 

1999 - San Antonio, TX
Mira! Women with Wings
Sarah Weddington

 

1998 - Oklahoma City, OK
The Art of the Heart
Victoria Stone

 

1997 - Houston, TX
Cycles and Rhythms: Winter as Mother of the Night
Luisah Teish 

 

1996 - Memphis, TN
Dancing the Circles of Life
Mary Lou Awiakta

 

1995 - Austin, TX
She Changes Everything She Touches
Betty Sue Flowers

 

1994 - Shreveport, LA
CommUUnities of Womyn: Celebrating Our Pathways to Wholeness
No Theme Speaker

 

1993 - Oklahoma City, OK
The Rhythms of Life, Heroine's Journeys
No theme speaker

 

1992 - Dallas, TX
Coming Home: Reunion of Body and Spirit
Dr. Cynthia Grant Tucker

 

1991 - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Reclaiming our Power as Women
Rev. Rebecca Parker

 

1990 - Houston, TX
Celebration of Sisterhood
Merlin Stone

 

1989 - San Antonio, TX

Woman Spinning: Sparkling, Swirling, Spiraling
Rev. Greta Crosby

 

1988 - Dallas, TX
Sacred Times Sacred Places
Rev. Carolyn Owen-Towle

 

1987 - Midland, TX
UUWomen: Past, Present, and Future
Rev. Donna DiSciullo & Priscilla Baird Hinckley

 

 

You can also read the details of some of our recent conferences in Past Conferences.