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.


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.






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A non-profit organization that supports women through worship, learning, leadership, community and social justice, SWUUW addresses women's issues, explores feminist theology, promotes friendships and celebrates the diversities that make us unique women on our individual spiritual paths. SWUUW is an organization open to all UU women, particularly those women in the Southwest District of the Southern Region of the UUA.


SWUUW aligns itself with the spirit of Welcoming Congregations as depicted by the UUA. All who identify as women are welcome.  Our definition of "women" is expansive and includes anyone who feels that they belong in this space, including those who identify as nonbinary.


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