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Video from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

SWUUWCon 2018 was in Austin, TX on Feb. 23-25. UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick Gray sent this video to address all SWUUW women. 

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We will be coming together in the heart of Cajun and Creole country to strengthen our sisterhood. Our keynote speaker Colette Pichon Battle will talk about the challenges facing Louisiana as climate change threatens its coastline and its people. We’ll enjoy this unique and special part of the world with Cajun music from the Magnolia Sisters.




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My SWUUW Sisters,

I am broken hearted, as are many women in this country who yearn to take our rightful place with dignity and with the respect due to us. It is difficult to grasp hope when feeling hopeless… and I certainly have had my moments of feeling hopeless this week. But our work is in moving ever forward, in finding our voice and using it, in standing firm and refusing to be seated at the back of the bus. We follow in the footsteps of the women who have marched for human rights and dignity generation after generation. It is most important to stand up, stand up.  But let us also remember, please, though many leaders have not taken the high road. . . let us go high, as our First Lady encourages.  Let us also stand up against violence, rioting, bullying, insults, defacing property. Let us embrace peaceful protests and follow the inspiration of Standing Rock Tribe.

I trust there is a way for our voices to ring loud and true, and our work be ever successful as we continue to support human rights and care for the earth. Please make an effort to join us in grief, in work, in brainstorming, and in revitalization at our upcoming SWUUW Conference as we focus on justice. Our registration process will begin within the next week or two and you will receive an email when we go live.  Please register early as our conference is a little earlier this year.

Remember. . . we are not powerless.  This election does not change our responsibility. . . or our ability to respond.

In sisterhood,

Debbie Cannatella
2016-2017 SWUUW President

It is our long-standing policy to offer scholarships to women needing financial assistance to attend the conference. Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of our membership. One source of funding is from the sale of Raffle tickets at the conference. Another is from your specified donations directly to the fund. In the past we have awarded between 10-20 scholarships annually.

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Thanks to these recent past SWUUW board members:

Board Member At-Large

Rev. Darcy Roake (2015)

The Reverend Darcy Roake is a Unitarian Universalist Minister who works in Stewardship and Development at the Unitarian Universalist Association. Rev. Roake lives in New Orleans with her husband, Adrian and son Sebastian and is in Preliminary Fellowship with the Community Church Unitarian Universalist in New Orleans, LA . Rev. Roake has a wide background in social justice and pastoral care in workplaces as diverse as Oxfam America, Amnesty International, the United Nations, the Navajo Nation Public Defender's Office, Massachusetts General Hospital and she is currently a member of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Clergy Advocacy Board. Rev. Roake received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University and graduated with a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.

President 2014-15, Past President 2015-16

Nikole Witt (2012-2016)

Nikole-Witt2Community Unitarian Universalist Church in Plano, Texas

A life-long Unitarian Universalist, I have been involved off-and-on with many UU churches since "going off" to college in 1985 and balancing other interests and activities. Recently, the wish to give my young children a "church home" has spurred me to be more involved at Community Unitarian Universalist Church in Plano, Texas. Thanks in great part to the encouragement of my mother, Kay Witt, I have participated in SWUUW several times in the past, including the ICUUW Convocation in Houston in 2009, "Standing on the Side of Love" SWUUW conference in 2010, "Exploring the UUniverse of Women's Spirituality" in 2012 and helped with the planning committee for the "Generation Nexxt" conference in 2011. I also participated in the amazing 1991 SWUUW Conference that featured Dr. Rebecca Parker. These experiences plus curiosity and openness towards different religious traditions has enriched my life, and I enjoy the opportunity SWUUW provides to share time and energy with other UU women. In other lives, I am kept busy with family activities (active husband and two girls ages 5 & 9) as well as my job as an Environmental Protection Specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 in Dallas, Texas.

Board Member At-Large - 2015
Mary Kirwin

Mary_KirwinI've been actively engaged in Unitarian Universalism since joining First Jefferson UU Church in Fort Worth Texas in the mid-nineties. I attended my first women's conference in North Dallas in 2000. I organized and led a workshop to make "The Bra Quilt" at the Sisterhood Is Still Powerful 2005 conference in Houston. It was raffled that year at General Assembly in Fort Worth as a successful fundraiser for our organization. I've served the church on many committees and board positions and have attended SWUUSI and GA over the years. Now in my third year as a board member, I hope to lend my experience to raise the profile of SWUUW in the DFW area. I especially look forward to developing new friendships and relationships.


Treasurer (2014-2015)
Rev. Susan Hamilton


Secretary 2012-13
Lisa Kamuf

Lisa Kamuf4x3I am a new member of the Community Church Unitarian Universalist congregation in New Orleans, LA. When we walked in through the CCUU doors we knew we had found a home. A progressive church open to new ideas yet respectful to the past work of others. So there is no surprise on how delighted I was when fellow members of my church decided to attend SWUUW 2013, all of us for the first time. The event did not disappoint and left quite an impression on the three of us. While there I was reviewing info at the SWUUW booth when Kay Witt zoomed in. She told me about the many opportunities the Board offered and when she found I out I was from Louisiana she quickly noted there was no representation from our state. It was a good sell. I thought why not? If I can bring something to the table and help our women in fellowship enjoy future conferences, then I'm in.


su-waner-2012Treasurer 2010-2014
Su Waner



Director At-Large - 2013
Rachel Finley

Rachel_FinleyRachel Finley began attending the UU Church of Little Rock with her family in 2008. Excited to have found a church community that would support her children's faith development, she jumped in with both feet. She enjoyed volunteering at the monthly Coffee House, and serving as a Youth Advisor and At-large Board member. She is currently serving UUCLR as the Director of Religious Education. Rachel is the mother of four children, 2 dogs, a cat, and 5 chickens. She also homeschools her oldest child and coaches girl's soccer. She has found SWUUW Con to be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate herself as a woman, strengthen bonds, and explore her faith more deeply without the distractions of her everyday roles.  


Director At-Large - 2014
Jude Olson

JudeOlsonThirty years ago, I gratefully ‘found’ my spiritual home at the UU church in Palo Alto, CA--where I also married my husband, Bernie, and ‘named’ my first daughter, Kristen. We moved to Fort Worth, Texas for our careers and a small town to raise a family. Professionally, I am a ‘change’ coach, teacher and writer. My hobbies include reading, movies and neighborhood activism! In FW, I joined First Jefferson UU church where we ‘named’ my second daughter, Kari. I especially enjoyed the “Spiritual Growth Group,” women’s circles and the R.E. program. I became an O.W.L. teacher, helped build a playground with the congregation, and was a lay leader on Sundays. After serving on a ministerial search committee, the Ministry Committee and the Board, I became President of FJUUC. We successfully received NTAUUS grants to enable our growth and enrich R.E. I have attended SWUUW conferences along the way and especially enjoyed Corpus Christi—where I was reunited with alumni and then, made new friends in the ”Triple R” workshop I facilitated. Now, I look forward to working with the Board of Officers to support the Tulsa conference and beyond! I am very open to your ideas and feedback. Thanks for your very warm welcome. -- Jude Olson, PhD, ACC  


Past President (2012-13)
President (2011-12)

Carol Currie

CarolCurrie2011-smAfter my son Aaron was born in 1979, I started attending Dallas Area UU churches.· I have served in many capacities including many committees. You see I believe that it is through working with one another that we come to know Spirit. One year my church sent me to Dwight Brown Leadership School and since then I have facilitated many committees and events as well. I enjoy encouraging everyone to participate. SWUUW conferences have been an important part of my life for the last 24 years. For me they are a place to be in worship with a huge group of women. It is peaceful and joyous and inclusive and spirit filled all at the same time, plus more…. It is a time to be just me: not Mother, Partner or anything else. It was my pleasure to participate on the planning committees of two SWUUW Conferences in Dallas; “In My Wildest Dreams” and “Standing on the Side of Love” Then last year I was lucky enough to be convener of “Generation Nexxt”. At church, at work and in my personal life, I love to work with women (and men) to help all of us “grow in harmony" with the divine.

My partner, Janell Jenkins and I live in Garland, Texas.


Secretary (2012-13)
Faith Garlington
Church of the Restoration UU, Tulsa, OK

Faith-Garlington-IMG_1275I recently joined the Church of the Restoration UU in Tulsa, OK, and I am so excited to be a part of a vibrant community of social justice-minded liberal thinkers. I have been a passionate activist for the past decade through participating in peace marches in Washington, D.C. and Ft. Benning, GA, serving as a nonviolent accompaniment in Colombia, working as a field organizer for the President’s 2008 Election Campaign, working at the League of Women Voters, and volunteering as a Kiva Fellow in Cameroon, West Africa. I chose an undergraduate college that is comprised of only female students, so I learned early on the high value of seeking out supportive female networks. That’s what drew me to SWUUW, and I am eager to contribute to this community of strong, dedicated women.


Past Treasurer
Kay Witt
All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma

kay-witt-2012Kay is a past Treasurer of SWUUW. She joined All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa in 1970, then was a member of the First Unitarian Church in OKC for ten years from 1975-1985, where she served on the Board of Trustees. While in OKC, Kay attended OU and received a MBA, followed a month later by the birth of her 3rd child. She returned to All Souls and has served on the All Souls Adult Education Committee and, in 2006, became President of All Souls Day Alliance, the oldest organization at All Souls founded in 1921. Kay attended GA in 2005 & 2006, as well as several SWUUW Conferences and the ICUUW in 2009.


Past President (2010-11)
Linda VanBlaricom
UU Church of Little Rock

Linda2010Linda VanBlaricom served on the SWUUW board from 2006-2011. She convened the 2001 SWUUW conference in Little Rock and was a liaison to the 2008·Little Rock SWUUW conference team. She has been a member of UUCLR for about 26 years and is currently·a Covenant Group Leader and the Coordinator for Covenant Group Ministry at UUCLR. She is a past president of UUCLR and was Worship Chair for seven years. She is a Psychological Examiner in private practice and has two granddaughters and a grandson. Linda would like to see more of the Southwest District represented on the SWUUW Board and hopes that women from Tennessee, Missouri, and Louisiana will step forward to serve.


Past Director
Rev. Kathleen Ellis
Live Oak Church, Austin, Texas

RevKathleen2010The Rev. Kathleen Ellis, a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and from Perkins Theological Seminary at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. A UU long before she entered ministry in 1993, Kathleen has been active in the district and beyond since 1975. Kathleen is married to Jon Montgomery. They have four adult children: Rob and Fred Nugen, and Karina and Alicia Montgomery. Kathleen served churches in Arlington, Houston, Waco and College Station, Texas, prior to her move to Austin. She is very active in the Association and completed a term as President of the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association in 2009. In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys singing with the Tapestry Singers, a women's choral group, and playing flute with The Bakery Jam. Visit her BLOG.


Past Secretary (2010-11)
SWUUWCon 2012 co-convener
Lynn Young, Bay Area Unitarian Church, Houston

LynnYoungLynn Young is an active member of Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston. She has served as Stewardship Chair and on the Nominating Committee. She was on their board of directors for 4 1/2 years, two years as president. Lynn has also served on BAUUC's Worship Committee, Program Council, Finance Council, Stewardship Committee and the media campaign. Lynn has two sons, Troy, 18 and Jeremy, 11. When she does have spare time, Lynn hopes to get in some light exercise, including swimming in their pool or working out at the YMCA. She also has plans to start putting all the family pictures they have collected into scrapbooks.


Past Director (-2011)
Kathy Calhoun
First UU Church of Dallas

IMG_0415Kathy just retired from the board of the national UU Women's Federation as Vice President of Recruitment and Outreach.


Past Director (2010-11)
Jennifer Wright



Past Director
Amy Youngblood
West Side UU Church Fort Worth

IMG_0408Amy Youngblood has served SWUUW as president, vice president, treasurer, and director. In 2006 she and Brenda Baldwin co-convened the women's conference in Fort Worth. A charter member of Westside UU Church in Fort Worth, Amy has chaired their worship committee.


Past President (2009-10)
Gail Tittle
Bay Area UU Church Houston

IMG_0413Gail Tittle is a Past President of SWUUW. She was a member of Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston, where she has chaired and served on numerous committees. She recently served as Co-Chair of the Fellowship Council. She served on the Steering Committee of the International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women and chaired the Local Committee for the Convocation. Gail is a licensed social worker. She has two sons, Alex and Andy.


2014-15 Officers

President- Nikole Witt
President Elect- Karen McGinnis
Secretary- Celeste Kennedy
Treasurer- Rev Susan Hamilton
At large members:
Debbie Cannatella
Mary Kirwin
Jeannie Lewis
Katie Womack


2013-14 Officers

President- Nikole Witt
President Elect-
Secretary- Celeste Kennedy
Treasurer- Su Waner
At large members:
Debbie Cannatella
Mary Kirwin
Jude Olson

Kay Witt


2012-13 Officers

Past President- Carol Currie
President- Nikole Witt
President Elect-
Secretary- Faith Garlington
Treasurer- Su Waner
At large members:
Kay Witt
Karen McGinnis
Mary Kirwin
Rachel Finley

Keynote Speaker
Colette Pichon Battle, Esq., Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy

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Colette Pichon Battle, Esq. is the founder and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy and develops programming focused on Equitable Disaster Recovery, Global Migration, Community Economic Development, Climate Justice and Energy Democracy. Colette works with local communities, national funders and elected officials in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster recovery and was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015 a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South. In addition to developing advocacy initiatives that intersect with race, systems of power and ecology, Colette manages GCCLP’s legal services in immigration law and disaster law. In 2019, Colette was named an Obama Fellow for her work with Black and Native communities on the frontline of climate change. In 2018 Colette was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate from Kenyon College; in 2016 Colette was named a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity and in 2015, was selected as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow. The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy co-chairs the national Water Equity and Climate Resilient Caucus with PolicyLink and anchors the five-state, multi issue initiative- Gulf South for a Green New Deal.

Website: https://www.gcclp.org/

Musical Entertainment
Magnolia Sisters

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The Magnolia Sisters are an all-woman band who play many styles of Cajun French music from southwest Louisiana. From dancehall Cajun to primitive Creole, from house music to front porch ballads, they are an ideal band for concerts, festivals, or rockin' dance parties. Part of the body of the Magnolia Sisters' music has been gleaned from a long-buried wealth of Cajun jewels found in their extensive personal music archives.

The members of the group are Ann Savoy, Jane Vidrine, Anya Burgess, and Lisa Trahan. Each brings to the ensemble her own rich individual experience as a Louisiana musician, mother, and woman in the real world. The common ground is the music, the heritage, and the feeling that comes across.

The Magnolia Sisters have toured extensively in Europe and the US. Their two most recent CDs were nominated for Grammy Awards.

Website: https://www.magnoliasisters.com/ 


Lee Legault, Ministerial Intern

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Lee Legault is a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry working on dual masters in social work and divinity from the University of Texas and the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She practiced law in the areas of civil litigation and appeals for over fifteen years before heeding a call to be a different kind of counselor. She stewards a twenty year marriage, three kids, two cats, and a python. She cooks poorly and rarely. 






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