SouthWest UU Women

Past Conferences

SWUUWCon 2013


 SouthWest UU Women's Conference
February 22-24, 2013

At the Omni Bayfront Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas

with keynote speaker Kimberly Dark
Storyteller / Speaker / Performance Artist / Activist / Scholar

and musician Kit Holmes
Grammy Award Nominee / Multi-Instrumentalist / Singer-Songwriter

You can also visit our Facebook event page to see photos!

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SWUUWCon 2012


Meg BarnhouseHilton NASA Clear LakeFebruary 24-26, 2012

"Exploring the UUniverse of Women's Spirituality" with speaker Meg Barnhouse!

Please join us at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake, TX. Where is that? Clear Lake City is really a part of Houston but don’t think of the downtown skyline or busy freeways. The 2012 SWUUW Conference will be held in the beautiful Hilton hotel overlooking Clear Lake and across from NASA Space Center. It is located 25 miles south of downtown Houston, 17 miles from Houston’s Hobby Airport and is a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, reconnect and join us in Exploring the UUniverse of Women’s Spirituality. Contact convener Lynn Young at if you have any questions.

We'll share details here and on our Facebook page as plans progress.


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SWUUWCon 2011 Press Release



March 4 thru 6, 2011

Southwest UU Women's Conference

Holiday Inn Select 2645 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX
(same location as 2010)


"Generation NEXXT"

·Keynote Speaker
Rev. Tamara Lebak
Associate Minister
All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK

For more information please contact co-conveners
Carol Currie & Joy Hayes

Rev Tamara LebakRev. Tamara Lebak is an independent consultant, executive coach and ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with change management experience that focuses on maneuvering between multiple levels of system from the personal to the global.

In her ministry, coaching, as well as her consulting, Tamara integrates her training in Gestalt Organization and Systems Development, conflict management, appreciative inquiry, and community organizing in diverse racial and economic settings. Tamara has worked with numerous educational, religious, community and non-profit institutions including the National Park Service and the World Bank.

In 2008 Tamara co-authored Reverend X: How Generation X Ministers are Shaping Unitarian Universalism with Rev. Bret Lortie. Tamara currently serves as Associate Minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Also a gifted musician, Tamara plays guitar, sings, and has composed her own music. Tamara and her partner Jill Webb of 15 years have recently celebrated the birth of their first child in June of this year, a daughter, Beckett Elizabeth.

Big-Bad-GinaYou won't want to miss musical guests

With their unique blend of harmony, and their eclectic musical selections, Big Bad Gina has hit the music scene with a bang, often bringing down the house with their laid-back, yet powerfully energetic performances.

Big Bad Gina gives audiences what they want – jazz, folk, hard rock with a soft twist, reggae, bluegrass and funk. Their performances are toe-tapping and inspiring, leaving audiences dancing in the aisles and asking for more.

Renée Janski and Melodie Griffis discovered their musical compatibility when playing for the Unitarian Universalist Church. Since then, they have taken their uncommon musical groove to other venues in the Northwest Arkansas area. In fact, Big Bad Gina was one of the featured performances at the First Annual Goddess Festival in Fayetteville in March 2009 where they met and hooked up with the 3rd "Gina", Jori Costello.

Jori Costello, singer/songbird, guitar grooving’, percussion pounding Goddess. Renee Janski of UU choir fame, amazing Amazon arias and multifaceted musicianship. Melodie Griffis of U of A jazz combo talent with an Angelic Cameroon croon keeping it rockin’ on the bass and jazzin’ it up with her ultra fine guitar riffs Add a slew of instruments, some kickin’ original tunes and select scintillating covers, and you have Big Bad Gina! -an all womyn’s band based in Fayetteville, AR and ready to rock the region and nation with their award winning “Amazon Warrior Princess” Goddess Groove! It’s Folkin’ Rockin’!

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SWUUWCon 2008

Five - 4 - Five
Raffle giveaway
Each time a UU congregation gets 5 women registered,
each woman gets 5 FREE RAFFLE TICKETS
towards a 24" x 30" canvass Giclee print of this beautiful
" Mystic River " Art by Dana Anderson -- Retails for $600
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Other events to anticipate at this year's SWUUW conference include…

    Theme Presentation by "Spirit of Life" Songwriter Carolyn McDade!
    23 Great Workshop Offerings!
    Enriching Opening & Closing Ceremonies!
    Downtown Little Rock "2nd Friday Night Gallery Art Walk"!
    Friday Night "UU Social Gathering" hosted by UUCLR!
    Tours of The Clinton Library and Heifer International!
    Relaxation in the Red Tent Room!
    Chair Massages by "Touching America "
    Sensational Shopping at the Artists' Bazaar
    Fun Saturday Night Entertainment provided by  Emily Kaitz
    Four Great Meals (cooked by someone else)!
    Luxurious Lodging at the Peabody Hotel!
    Fabulous Fellowship with Wonderful Women!
    Get away from it all with your friends and/or your daughters!