Workshop Selections

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Saturday Morning Workshops, Session AM 1

AM 1 A - A Conversation on Climate Justice and Equity – Colette Pichon Battle, Keynote Speaker

A question and answer continuation of Colette Pichon Battle’s keynote speech.

AM 1 B - Compassionate Communication: From Compassion to Action – Diane Kirksey

Games and techniques for using Compassionate Communication (another name for Nonviolent Communication).

AM 1 C - Capturing the Flavor of Acadiana – Sylvia Dickey Smith

Setting is not just important when we write a novel, a short story, a song or a poem. It is the backbone of the work. It encapsulates both character and plot. Unless we capture the flavor, our work becomes bland, a watered down version—an imitation of story. Done well, flavor puts the reader smack dab into the time and place of the writing as nothing else can. It makes the difference between telling a story and taking our reader on an exciting journey. But what is flavor and how in the world do we weave it into our work? Asking the question means we've already started. No telling what flavors we might discover by the end of this journey.

Saturday Early Afternoon Workshops, Session PM 1

PM 1 A - The History of Cajun Music Through Sight and Sound – The Magnolia Sisters

The Magnolia Sisters band will take you through the history of Cajun music by discussing and playing examples of old and new music from the Acadiana region of Louisiana.

PM 1 B - Imagining The Future of SWUUW – Mary Kirwin, SWUUW Board President

For over 30 years the women of SWUUW have gathered annually at our conference hosted by the local congregation(s) across a multi-state area. We are proud of this long standing tradition. Through the work of our membership, volunteers, and Board we hope to sustain it well into the future. This workshop will be an interactive look at the past, present, and future with an eye on how to keep the flame alive. We want to hear your ideas and dreams for SWUUW, how you've found meaning and connection at our conferences. Our discussion will be facilitated as a visioning to begin to draw out a future plan. Open to all, especially those who are passionate about planning and moving forward!

PM 1 C - Census Solutions – Diane Kirksey

Census Solutions is a creative, collaborative, problem-solving event that brings together diverse thinkers. The Census Solutions Workshop is specifically designed to generate new ways of communicating the importance of Census Bureau data, reaching hard-to-count populations, and encouraging participation in U.S. Census Bureau surveys and programs. A series of activities helps participants get to know each other, set ambitious goals, think outside the box, brainstorm with others, and quickly develop proposals for new solutions to engage communities to participate in the census.

Saturday Mid-Afternoon Workshops, Session PM 2

PM 2 A - If You Have a Heartbeat, You Have Rhythm! – Susan Bishop

Women were the first hand drummers. Come and learn five basic rhythms and feel the power and spirituality when women gather and drum. No experience is necessary. If you have a drum please bring it. By the time the workshop is completed, we will have learned to drum and sing at the same time! Let the power of Mother Earth come through your hands and fingers and make music with a hand drum.

PM 2 B - Visual Arts Give Your Spirit Wings – Sandy Moore and Mary McMahon

Come enjoy a relaxing opportunity to disengage our minds from the usual whirl of thoughts and multitasking. In this experiential workshop, we’ll have an opportunity to slow down, relax, learn and practice two spiritual practices involving engaging with art with our whole brain (left brain and right brain). Visio Divina involves choosing a picture from nature that calls to you from a variety of choices provided. Soul Scribble involves drawing a scribble yourself with your non-dominant hand, eyes closed.
With each activity, we’ll each take time to prepare, focus, choose a question, listen to the image, journal, then share about what we’ve experienced.

PM 2 C - The Power of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion – Chloé LaPorte, Di Kerrigan, and Deborah LaPorte

Audre Lorde: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Studies have linked mindfulness with many benefits. These include increased ability to manage thoughts and reactiveness, decreased stress, greater feelings of calm, and higher levels of happiness. This workshop will offer techniques for bringing the healing powers of mindfulness and self-compassion into our lives--not only to increase happiness and well-being but to strengthen and support us in the urgent work of creating positive change in the world. Participants will experience short, guided meditations; gratitude practice; gentle mindful movement; a short writing exercise; and guidance in developing self-compassion. Discussion is encouraged. Participants are asked to bring writing materials for journal exercises. 

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 see themselves as women are welcome.

 

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